Renée Fleming Presents SongStudio At Carnegie Hall This January 2019

By David Salazar

Legendary soprano Renée Fleming is set to present SongStudio at Carnegie Hall between Jan. 21-26, 2019.

The program is aimed at exploring the future of the voice recital and will see Fleming mentoring 10 young singers and 10 collaborative pianists.

“I fell in love with song literature through Marilyn Horne. I’m grateful that she devoted her artistry and agency to this art form,” Fleming stated in a press release. “SongStudio has evolved out of her contribution. My initial goal, beyond honing skills crucial for this art form, will be encouraging singers to be more adventurous in their approach to performance, and to experiment with incorporating movement, media, and unconventional repertoire and venues.”

There will be a number of guest composers, vocalists, and other artists that will lend their own expertise and insights. For example, on Jan. 21, composers John Musto, Paola Prestini, and Chris Thile will join Fleming for “What Composers Want.” Dawn Upshaw will also be on hand.

On Jan. 22, the soprano will lead a masterclass and on Jan. 25, another public masterclass will be led by tenor Piotr Beczala.

Composer Nico Muhly will serve as the program’s first composer-in-resident and he will work with Fleming in a masterclass and discussion on Jan. 24, 2018. There will also be a masterclass by Hartmut Höll on Jan. 25, 2019.

Finally, the program will conclude with a “Young Artists Recital” on Jan. 26, 2019.