Renée Fleming & Isabel Leonard To Headline Aspen Music Festival 2018

By Francisco Salazar
The Aspen Musical Festival 2018 has announced its upcoming Festival.
Like many festivals, we are looking only at what is being offered on the operatic side.
The festival will mark a new partnership with Grammy-Award-winning vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire. The new two-week educational program in Aspen will be the only summer program in the country designed to train professional ensemble singers. Seraphic Fire will present Mozart’s Requiem with the Aspen Chamber Symphony on August 17, a post-season recital on August 20, and another, with the Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute students on August 22.
Meanwhile, the Aspen Opera Center will stage two full productions. The first will be three performances of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” from July 12 to the 16.  That will be followed by “The Tales of Hoffmann” from August 14 to the 16.
The AOC will also be a concert performance of Bernstein’s one-act opera “Trouble in Tahiti,” woven together with Charlie Chaplin’s silent film, “A Dog’s Life.”
Performance Date: August 2, 2018
Legendary soprano Renée Fleming will give a recital as well as a masterclass to work with young performers.
Performance Dates: July 2 & 3, 2018
Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin will join forces with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard for an evening of Spanish song. The two recently recorded an album together and are bringing the program to Caramoor as well.
Performance Date: August 9, 2018
The season closes with Robert Spano conducting Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and selected scenes from Wagner’s « Die Walküre » with soloists Tamara Wilson, soprano, and Ryan McKinny, bass-baritone.
Performance Date: August 19, 2018