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Renée Fleming on Her Way to WFMT

Renee Fleming with Impromptu Producer Louise Frank and host Lisa Flynn at WFMT; photo by Noel Morris

Renee Fleming with Impromptu Producer Louise Frank and host Lisa Flynn at WFMT; photo by Noel Morris

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Renée Fleming is stopping by WFMT’s studios Tuesday afternoon around 2:30 pm to speak with Lisa Flynn about her new CD, Christmas in New York. With dozens of recordings to her credit, this is her first holiday record. The popular diva used the project as an opportunity to reach across genres to some of her favorite artists. Chris Botti, Kurt Elling, Kelli O’Hara, Gregory Porter, Wynton Marsalis, Brad Mehldau, and Rufus Wainwright all make an appearance on the CD.

On Friday at a masterclass at the Merit School of Music, Ms. Fleming admitted to a roomful of high school students that she had once wanted to be a jazz singer, but “those doors weren’t opened.” She has continued to dabble cross-genre, singing jazz and pop music, even as she’s become one of the most popular opera singers of our time.

Renee3Renée Fleming is the only classical performer to have been honored with an invitation to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, which she did earlier this year. Rejecting the producers’ request to lip sync The Star-Spangled Banner, she sang the anthem live.

On December 17 at 8:00 pm, Ms. Fleming’s PBS holiday TV special premieres on WTTW.  She will be joined by select guests from the album including Kurt Elling, Kelli O’Hara,Gregory Porter, and Rufus Wainwright. On November 1, she will perform at Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 60th Anniversary concert with jazz piano legend Ramsey Lewis.

Renée Fleming is in Chicago this month to star in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Capriccio by Richard Strauss. Her holiday CD, Christmas in New York, was released today, Tuesday, October 14.

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