Renée Fleming has steadily been making a name for herself, not just as America's leading soprano, but through a number of creative projects she has spearheaded, including the "American Voices" festival, "The Second City Guide to the Opera," and the opera "Bel Canto."
I was musing the other day about what being on 'Sesame Street' means for classical musicians. In many ways, it's a signpost--a signal that said musician has entered the realm of popular culture. It is also, of course, a laudable attempt to bring classical music, itself, back into popular culture. Just as it sounds. With an animal orchestra.
Lyric Opera of Chicago received its first-ever Jeff Award for 'The Second City Guide to the Opera,' a joint comedy venture with The Second City improv comedy troupe.
The late Lewis Allan Reed and the Velvet Underground influenced not only a generation of rock musicians, but also the late Czechoslovakia-cum-Czech Republic president Václav Havel. And that was why Reed got the invite to perform with soprano Renée Fleming at a 2009 event celebrating the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution (which will see its 24th starting on November 17).
In a tragedy worthy of opera itself, the New York City Opera has breathed its last.
So, in an effort to keep all you Classicalites abreast of each and every situation, we'll be trawling the web for the best headlines--those stories, those people making the biggest waves.
Classical music has its share of crossover artists, but is this really advancing the art form?
In an enjoyable interview for Bloomberg, Yefim Bronfman--by any measure one of the most in-demand pianists on the planet--reveals an unusual accolade. "I have to brag about something that's much more important to me than anything else in my career," says the man nicknamed "Fima."
Citing the power of artists and academics to open minds, President Barack Obama on Wednesday awarded 24 medals to people including 'Star Wars' creator George Lucas and writer Joan Didion who he said touched his life and the lives of Americans.
The White House has formally announced that President Barack Obama will award world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming the 2012 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal.
On the occasion of a cultural event organized by The Aspen Institute Arts Program, the U.N. High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, met with Ms. Renée Fleming, the celebrated soprano and musical ambassador.
Soprano Renee Fleming will host Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD broadcast of Verdi's Rigoletto with Piotr Beczala, Željko Lucic, and Diana Damrau.