Renée Fleming To Lead SongStudio, a Workshop Celebrating Art of Vocal Recital

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Chris Lee)

Celebrated American soprano Renée Fleming will mentor 10 aspiring young singers and 10 collaborative pianists from around the world in the fourth year of SongStudio, an innovative program exploring the future of the vocal recital.

The annual intensive workshop will be hosted by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, and will take place between Jan. 17 – 22, 2022 with public masterclasses given by baritone Christian Gerhaher, pianist Graham Johnson, counter-tenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, and Fleming herself. The event will culminate in a Young Artists recital on Jan. 22, 2021.

Among the vocal artists set to participate are Kathryn Henry, Tamra Grace Jones, Mer Wohlgemuth, Maire Therese Carmack, Deepa Johnny, Daniel Moody, Laurence Kilsby, Joseph Parrish, Samuel Kidd, and Yue Wu.

“I’m delighted with the amazing roster of rising singers and pianists we have coming this year,” said Renée Fleming in an official press statement. “They will have the opportunity to work with truly world-class artists. Christian Gerhaher is one of the most masterful interpreters of German lieder I have ever heard, and Anthony Roth Costanzo is blazing new territory in creative presentations of vocal music. And returning from previous years, we have Graham Johnson, the unparalleled authority on the art of the song. With our regular SongStudio faculty of renowned experts Gerald Martin Moore and Javier Arrebola, I know it’s going to be an exciting week. I’m also gratified to see our artists receiving major recognition. SongStudio alumnus Johnathan McCullough has just been nominated for a Grammy Award for his recording of Soldier Songs. His first public performance of material for this project was at SongStudio two years ago. This is exactly the kind of innovative work we strive to foster.”