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"People's diva" Renée Fleming to return for a vocal recital in June
     American soprano Renée Fleming will return with pianist Hartmut Höll for a vocal recital in June. The performance will feature popular songs and arias from the French and Italian repertoire, a selection of Brahms' loveliest lieder and songs from the American musical theatre. The recital is one of the events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

     Known affectionately as "the people's diva", Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice and compelling stage presence. Famous for stellar performances in operas of Mozart, Richard Strauss, Verdi and many others, she is also a noted interpreter of lieder and songs, with regular concert and recital tours around the world.

     Fleming has received numerous honours and performed at many prestigious events. In 2013 she was awarded the National Medal of Arts, America's highest civil honour for artists, by the then President Obama, and she sang the United States national anthem at the Super Bowl, the first ever classical artist to do so. She also sang for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her Diamond Jubilee on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, a historic first, and at the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Fleming is a four-time Grammy Award winner with a wide-ranging discography.

     "Vocal Recital by Renée Fleming" is one of the programmes of Great Music 2017 presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. It will be held at 8pm on June 20 (Tuesday) at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Tickets priced at $250, $380, $500, $620 and $720 are now available at URBTIX (www.urbtix.hk). For telephone credit card bookings, please call 2111 5999. For programme enquiries and concessionary schemes, please call 2268 7321 or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/music/programs_172.html.

     A pre-concert talk titled "Bel Canto and Music Theatre" (to be conducted in Cantonese) will be held at 6.45pm at the Foyer Reception Area, 4/F, Auditoria Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. The speaker will be Nancy Yuen. Admission is free with limited seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Ends/Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Issued at HKT 12:55
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