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Opening Night with Renée Fleming


Opening Night with Renée Fleming



SUN, SEPT 23, 2018, 7:30 PM
Arlene Schnitzer Hall
1037 SW Broadway
Portland OR 97205

Opening Night with Renée Fleming

The timeless Renée Fleming returns to transfix us all with her legendary voice and spellbinding artistry. Special Concert


Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time.

In 2013, President Obama awarded her America's highest honor for an artist, the National Medal of Arts. In 2014, she became the first classical artist ever to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Winner of four Grammy® awards, Renée has sung for momentous occasions from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. 


Renée is currently appearing on Broadway in a major new production of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Her recent tour schedule has included concerts in New York, London, Vienna, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo, and Beijing. She is heard on the soundtracks of the Best Picture Oscar winner The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and she will soon be heard as the singing voice of Roxane, played by Julianne Moore, in the film of the best-selling novel Bel Canto. As Artistic Advisor to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, she spearheads a collaboration with the National Institutes of Health focused on music, health, and neuroscience. 

Renée Fleming - America's Queen of Opera performs in the Palaces of the Czars in Saint Petersburg.

Renée’s most recent album Distant Light was released in 2017 by Decca. She has recorded everything from complete operas and song recitals to indie rock, jazz, and the soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings

Among Renée’s awards are the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, Sweden’s Polar Music Prize, and France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. 

Renée Fleming as Violetta Valéry sings Sempre Libera (Always Free) from Verdi's opera La traviata. Violeta debates whether she loves Alfredo (Joseph Calleja) - heard here offstage - but concludes she needs to be free. Find out more at 'A toast to the pleasures of life!'
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