Singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl isn’t enough for soprano Renee Fleming. Later this year, her rich, warm voice will be heard at another kickoff.
Fleming will be singing at the Sept. 13 opening gala of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2014-15 season. It is a coup considering that at the moment she is the world’s most-talked-about soprano.
“We’ve been trying for many years to get her,” said BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta. “She has been trying to get back here, but it conflicts with her opera season, and once she gets involved with opera she has no time at all. We’ve managed to get her right before she starts her season.” Falletta said that Fleming has not yet decided what she will sing. “She’s mulling it over.”
Whatever music she chooses, Fleming’s appearance seems like the perfect start to the 2014-15 season. The announcement comes in the wake of good financial news from the BPO. The budget is in the black, and ticket revenues are at an all-time high. The next season is full of drama, in every sense of the word. Read more.