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Renée Fleming Appears as the Face of International Music Festival Český Krumlov


Renée Fleming PRAGUE 4 May 2009 - Renée Fleming, one of the best and most famous sopranos of the world, has become the face of the 18th International Music Český Krumlov.

A whole separate book would be required to describe all the compliments and praise about her talent. Both the experts and the general public particularly value her splendid „liquid gold" voice, a superb feel for music and her acting talent.

The New York Times have referred to her as the most sought-after lyrical sopranos of her generation.

Her busy schedule only confirms this statement. Renée Fleming will personály attend the festive mening of this year's 18th International Music Festival and on 18th July will perform during an opera galaconcert in the Brewery Gardens of Český Krumlov. This will surely delight all her fans, as well as all friends of good music attending the International Music Festival Český Krumlov. She will be accompanied by the Czech Radio Symphonic Orchestra under the conductor Mr. John Keenan from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Renée Fleming has been the leading star of the Metropolitan Opera since 1991. She has so far appeared in 18 roles in the Met. At the same time, she also guest stars at other leading opera houses and well-known concert halls accross the world, especially in Europe, the USA and Canada.

Some of her favorite, as well as most celebrated roles include Dvořák's Rusalka, Desdemona from Verdi's Othello, the Countess from Mozart's Figaro's Wedding, Violetta from Verdi's La Traviata, the leadinf role from Massenet's opera Manon as well as the leading role from the opera Thaïs again from the French composer Jules Massenet.

The opera Thaïs premiered in the Met at the end of last year. The American media were singing the praises for the production, with the highest praise being reserved for the lead role singer, Renée Fleming.

The New York times have described her as a brazenly briliant Thaïs. Theatremania have reported on Renée Fleming's effortless ability to sing the high D's in the musical part of Thaïs. The Associated Press have observed that it took the Met 30 years to find in the person of Renée Fleming an opera singer Wordy of performing the part of Thaïs on stage of the Met and that it might take another 30 years for the next Thaïs to come along.

 Renée Fleming is a muse to many artists in the world of opera and beyond. The American composer André Previn wrote the part of Blanche in the opera A Streetcar Named Desire especially for her.  Her much-admired soprano is also the inspiration for the La Voice Renée Fleming by the cosmetics giant Coty. Daniel Boulud, a celebrity chef from the famous New York restaurant Daniel has expressed his admiration for her through an alimental creating called La Diva Renée. Ann Patchett, the American writer, has been inspired by Fleming the create the fictional heroine in her bestselling novel Bel Canto. Renée Fleming is also considered to be one of the best-dressed opera singers. Many famous designers such as Gianfrance Ferré, Bill Blass, Vivienne Westwood, Christian Lacroix or Karl Lagerfeld have created costumes for her on-stage performances as well as off-stage.

She had performed in the Czech republic several times. Her first performance in 1996 in Nelahozeves has been made memorable by her interpretation of Dvořák's songs. Later she has sung the part of Rusalka in the recording Dvořák's opera of the same name in Prague concert hall Rudolfinum under the conductor Sir Charles Mackeras. She came back to Rudolfinum in 1999 for a performance supporting the International Society of Antonín Dvořák.

The personality and the skill of Renée Fleming provide ample material for many more interesting facts. Rather than reading about her, we would like to invite you for a live open-air concert that is bound to bring you many unforgettable moments.

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