The Barbican’s Artist Spotlight in 2015/16 is on Celebrated Soprano Renée Fleming

23/01/2016

Renée_Fleming_-_Poèmes_2_cropped_-_credit_Andrew_Eccles,_Decca

Renée Fleming (c) Andrew Eccles/Decca

THE BARBICAN’S ARTIST SPOTLIGHT IN 2015/16 IS ON CELEBRATED SOPRANO RENÉE FLEMING

FEATURING – 

  • UK premieres of two works written for Renée Fleming: Anders Hillborg’s The Strand Settings and Robin Holloway’s C’est l’extase – a new orchestral arrangement of a selection of Debussy’s Verlaine settings with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (5 February 2016)
  • Renée Fleming and pianist Hartmut Höll in a recital of songs by Schumann and Strauss (6 April 2016)
  • A public masterclass in which Renée Fleming shares her experience with artists from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (6 February 2016)
  • Fleming on Film – two screenings personally introduced by the acclaimed singer: American Voices, about a genre-spanning festival of singing developed by Ms Fleming, encompassing opera, Broadway, gospel, pop, country and jazz (3 February 2016) and a showing of the legendary 2008 Metropolitan Opera Gala Opening Night (5 April 2016)
  • The 21st Century Singer – a panel discussion chaired by Renée Fleming (6 February 2016)

The Barbican’s Artist Spotlight this season is on one of the most celebrated musical ambassadors of our time: soprano Renée Fleming. In concerts in February and April 2016, she will share her sumptuous voice, compelling stage presence and a lifetime of consummate artistry with the Barbican’s audiences. Complementing and adding an extra dimension to the concert programme, the Artist Spotlight will also feature a panel discussion on The 21st Century Singer, a public masterclass, and two film screenings that Renée Fleming will personally introduce.

The focus starts with the first of two Fleming on Film screenings on Wednesday 3 February 2016: Renée Fleming introduces American Voices (Cinema 1). Celebrating the legacy of American singing, in November 2013 the American Voices Festival at Washington’s John F. Kennedy Center brought together vocal masters and emerging artists, created and hosted by Renée Fleming. Here the singer personally introduces a rare screening of the documentary made during the festival.

On Friday 5 February 2016, Fleming is joined by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers under BBC SO Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo. The programme features the music from two ballets – Debussy’s sensual Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé Suite No 2 – framing the UK premieres of two works for soprano and orchestra, both written for Renée Fleming: British composer Robin Holloway’s luminous orchestral arrangement of ten of Debussy’s song settings of Paul Verlaine’s poetry, which Holloway has titled C’est l’extase after one of the chosen songs. The second UK premiere this evening is a performance of Swedish composer Anders Hillborg’s The Strand Settings. Especially written for and dedicated to Renée Fleming in 2013, the work is a song cycle about love and desire, based on texts by Canadian poet Mark Strand. Sakari Oramo and Renée Fleming will be recording the new Anders Hillborg work with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra for Decca, just 5 days after its UK premiere at the Barbican concert.

As part of her Artist Spotlight, Renée Fleming chairs a panel discussion on Saturday 6 February 2016, entitled The 21st Century Singer, which examines the various and changing demands on singers in today’s world. Fleming will be joined by a panel of specialists from the fields of opera, pedagogy, recording, and artist management to share their combined expertise with the audience, looking at the subject from a range of perspectives. Speakers include: John Rubin (Lead Voice Clinician at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital); Katie Mitchell (opera and theatre director); John Berry (former Artistic Director, ENO); Janice Chapman (Professor of Voice, and Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Singer and Author); Edward Seckerson (writer and broadcaster, opera critic) and Paul Moseley (Managing Director at Decca Classics).

A strong advocate for learning throughout her career, the soprano will share the insights of her artistry in a masterclass for singers from the Guildhall School later on Saturday 6 February 2016. Renée Fleming’s parents were both vocal teachers, so a masterclass was always going to be central to her Artist Spotlight at the Barbican. ‘I liken forming a voice, and in fact the whole artistic package, to putting together an incredibly complex puzzle’, she says. Here she helps assemble part of that puzzle for the emerging talents of the future – a role she takes intensely seriously. ‘For a singer, learning is a process that never ends’ she says. ‘I’m still a student, I’m still working, I’m still learning.’

Renée Fleming returns to the Barbican on Tuesday 5 April 2016 for her Artist Spotlight’s second Fleming on Film screening. In this special event she introduces a rare showing of the legendary 2008 Metropolitan Opera Gala Opening Night – a glittering performance that includes a star-studded line-up featuring Renée Fleming, James Levine, Ramón Vargas, Thomas Hampson, Dwayne Croft, and Robert Lloyd. Three full acts from different operas at the Met – La Traviata, Manon, and Capriccio, in which Renée Fleming appears in calling-card roles, performed in a single evening.

The Barbican’s Artist Spotlight on Renée Fleming ends on Wednesday 6 April 2016 when the singer teams up with her regular musical collaborator, German pianist Hartmut Höll in a recital of beloved lieder, including works by Schumann and Strauss. (Please refer to the listings section below for full programme details).

The Barbican’s Artist Spotlight on Renée Fleming is supported by John Murray.

Renée Fleming Artist Spotlight 2016

Renée Fleming introduces American Voices

Wednesday 3 February 2016 / Cinema 1 / 18:00

Tickets £20 plus booking fee

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BBC Symphony Orchestra / Renée Fleming

Friday 5 February 2016 / Barbican Hall / 19:30

Tickets: £12–45 plus booking fee
Debussy Prélude à  l’après-midi d’un faune
Debussy arr Robin Holloway C’est l’extase (UK premiere)
Anders Hillborg The Strand Settings (UK premiere)
Ravel Daphnis et Chloé Suite No 2

Renée Fleming soprano
Sakari Oramo conductor
BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC Singers

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The 21st Century Singer

A panel discussion chaired by Renée Fleming

Saturday 6 February 2016 / Milton Court Concert Hall / 11:30

Tickets £10 plus booking fee

Speakers include:
John Rubin Lead Voice Clinician at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital
Katie Mitchell opera and theatre director
John Berry former Artistic Director, ENO
Janice Chapman Professor of Voice, and Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Singer and Author
Edward Seckerson writer and broadcaster, opera critic
Paul Moseley Managing Director at Decca Classics

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Renée Fleming Masterclass

Saturday 6 February 2016 / Milton Court Concert Hall / 14:00

Tickets: £30 plus booking fee

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Renée Fleming introduces The Metropolitan Opera 2008 Opening Night Gala

Tuesday 5 April 2016 / Cinema 1 / 18:30

Tickets £20 plus booking fee

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Renée Fleming in Recital

Wednesday 6 April 2016 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets: £15–£65 plus booking fee

Programme to include:
Schumann Frauenliebe und -leben, op 42:
Seit ich ihn gesehen
Er, der Herrlichste von allen
Ich kann’s nicht fassen, nicht glauben
Du Ring an meinem Finger
Helft mir, ihr Schwestern
Süsser Freund, du blickest
An meinem Herzen, an meiner Brust
Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan
Strauss
Das Bächlein, Op 88 No 1
Ruhe, meine Seele, Op 27 No 1
Meinem Kinde, Op 37 No 3
Liebeshymnus, Op 32 No 3
Die heiligen drei Könige aus Morgenland, Op 56 No 6

Renée Fleming soprano
Hartmut Höll piano

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