QPAC and Brisbane Festival in association with Opera Queensland presentRenée FlemingIn Recital - One Night Only
★★★★★ "Such complete vocal mastery is rare yet all was delivered here with homely warmth and occasionally sharp humour." Sydney Morning Herald, 2015
★★★★ "Even without an orchestra, the People’s Diva came, sang and conquered." Limelight, 2015
One of the world's most sought after opera singers, Renée Fleming, will take to the Concert Hall stage for a special one-off recital – her first Brisbane performance in over a decade. Fleming will enchant Brisbane audiences with this rare Australian appearance to perform several of her signature works including Ravel's Shéhérazade and selections from Canteloube's Songs of the Auvergne, accompanied by pianist Richard Bado. View the full program here. One of the most talented and decorated sopranos of our time, Fleming's sparkling career spans three decades and has seen her grace the world's greatest opera stages and concert halls from The Met in New York, to La Scala in Italy and the Winter Palace in St Petersburg. "The People's Diva" has been equally successful outside theatres - in 2014 Fleming was the first classical artist to perform the Star Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl, and also made history in 2012 when she performed on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Diamond Jubilee.In addition to being a four-time Grammy Award winner and receiving fourteen nominations, Renée Fleming also has three honorary doctorates and was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2013, America's highest honour for an individual artist, presented by President Barack Obama.
Selections from Chants d’Auvergnes includingBaïlèroMalurous qu'o uno fennoBrezairola
The Jewel Song from Faust
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Da geht er hin from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59Zueignung, Op. 10, No. 1
Non mi resta che'il pianto from L'amico Fritz
O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN II
Selections from The King and I includingWhistle a Happy TuneHello, Young LoversGetting to Know YouShall We Dance?
Renée Fleming, Soprano
Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time. In 2013, the President awarded her America's highest honor for an individual artist, the National Medal of Arts. In 2014 she became the first classical singer ever to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl. Winner of the 2013 Best Classical Vocal Grammy Award, she has sung at momentous occasions around the world–from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
Renée has appeared in virtually all of the world's greatest opera houses and concert halls. Winner of four Grammy Awards, she has recorded a wide range of music, from opera and lieder to jazz and indie rock, as well as film soundtracks including The Lord of the Rings. In 2013, she joined with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to present American Voices, a 3-day festival celebrating the best American singing in all genres. The festival was the subject of a Great Performances documentary on PBS this January. Known for bringing new audiences to opera and classical music, Renée has sung not only with Luciano Pavarotti and Plácido Domingo but also with Elton John, Lou Reed, Josh Groban, Joan Baez and even the Muppets.
Among her awards are the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Sweden's Polar Prize, Germany's Cross of the Order of Merit, France's Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, and Honorary Membership in the Royal Academy of Music. In 2010, she was named the first-ever creative consultant at Lyric Opera of Chicago. reneefleming.com.
Richard Bado, Accompanist
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Richard Bado made his professional conducting debut in 1989 leading Houston Grand Opera's acclaimed production of Show Boat at the newly restored Cairo Opera House in Egypt. Since then, Mr. Bado has conducted at Teatro alla Scala, Opéra National de Paris, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, the Aspen Music Festival, the Tulsa Opera, the Russian National Orchestra, the Florida Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphony, Wolf Trap Opera, Houston Ballet, and has conducted the Robert Wilson production of Virgil Thomson's Four Saints in Three Acts at the Edinburgh Festival.
This season he conducts Houston Grand Opera's production of Carousel.
An accomplished pianist, Mr. Bado appears this fall in an Australian recital tour with Renée Fleming. He has also played for Cecilia Bartoli, Frederica von Stade, Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, Marcello Giordani, Ramon Vargas, Samuel Ramey and Nathan Gunn. Mr. Bado, who holds music degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he received the 2000 Alumni Achievement Award and West Virginia University, has studied advanced choral conducting with Robert Shaw.
Mr. Bado is the Director of the Opera Studies Program at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. He also is the Chorus Master for the Houston Grand Opera, where he received the Silver Rose Award in 2013. He has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. He has served on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Dolora Zajick Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, the International Vocal School in Moscow and has served on the music staff of the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, the Bolshoi Opera Young Artist Program, Opera Australia, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Chautauqua Opera and Wolf Trap Opera. Mr. Bado regularly judges for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and served as Houston Grand Opera's Head of Music Staff for 14 seasons.