February 12, 2011

Renee Fleming to grace Aya İrini stage in July

Soprano Renée Fleming will headline the upcoming İstanbul International Music Festival, the organizers of the eagerly anticipated annual event announced Thursday.


The world-famous American soprano, who is turning 52 on Monday, will take to the stage at the historic Aya İrini Museum on July 22 for a special concert where she will be accompanied by the Borusan İstanbul Philharmonic, the festival’s orchestra in residence, under the baton of maestro Sasha Goetzel.

The program for the concert will be announced at a later date, said the İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Art (İKSV), which has been organizing the festival for the past 38 years, in a written statement.

The international award-winning soprano, with some 12 Grammy Award nominations and three wins, is billed as “the people’s diva” and was named the number one female singer by Salzburger Festspiele Magazin in 2010. Her 2010-11 concert season began with the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Last Night of the Proms performance in September, followed by appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the National Symphony and the Saint Louis Symphony, all for their 2010-11 gala concerts. Fleming’s 2010-11 season at the Metropolitan Opera includes performances of Rossini’s “Armida” and Strauss’s “Capriccio.”

Tickets for July’s concert, which will be Fleming’s first ever appearance in Turkey, will go on sale on Feb. 26 through Biletix, İKSV said.

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