The American soprano Renée Fleming has been taking it easier as far as opera roles are concerned, in order to focus more on her other love: the art song. And her love knows no bounds! Fleming loves to sing Mozart a much as she does jazz. Or French chansons. Or Björk. Her lyrical voice can express a vast range of emotions. Today Fleming will sing songs by Brahms, accompanied by pianist Hartmut Höll. The last time the duo visited the Concertgebouw, Place de l’Opera called them ‘the perfect couple’.
Brahms, Fauré, Saint-Saëns
Fleming’s celebrated album Distant Light features orchestral songs by Barber and other composers. Today she opts for the more intimate setting of voice and piano. Accompanied by Hartmut Höll, she’ll perform songs by Brahms, Schubert and others. Don’t worry, you won’t miss the orchestra! According to the Kansas City Star, ‘She has the ability to control all the air in the room’. She can take one from near-silence to ‘feeling as though she has flipped open the top of one’s skull.’