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Encore Series – An Evening with Renée Fleming

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Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
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‘Renée Fleming is a true diva du jour.  Her sumptuous soprano, dazzling technique and glamorous persona make her the complete package.’

St. Paul Star Tribune

About the Programme

The people’s diva; a celebrated music ambassador.  Captivating audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry and compelling stage presence, American soprano Renée Fleming is one of the most beloved singers of our time.  Excelling on opera stages, in concert halls and recording studios, Fleming has been acclaimed in a wide range of operatic roles, especially famous in her portrayal of Richard Strauss's heroines.  She is a four-time Grammy winner, having been nominated for the award fourteen times.  She also sings jazz and pops, and has appeared on a number of distinguished occasions, from the 2006 Nobel Prize ceremony, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games to the Inaugural Celebration of President Obama in 2012.  She has been an inspiration to numerous prominent artists, not only musicians and composers who have written new works for her but also visual artists and photographers.  Her last appearance in Hong Kong was in 2007, when she sang Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the Hong Kong Philharmonic.  The coming concert is her first solo recital in the territory and offers audiences here a rare chance.


The concert programme has been slightly revised as follows:


O Sleep, why dost thou leave me (from Semele)

To fleeting pleasures make your court (from Samson)

Calm thou, My Soul (from Alexander Balus)

Endless Pleasures (from Semele)

Richard Strauss





Verlaine Settings



Il pleure dans mon coeur



Chants d'Auvergne

La Delaïssado 

Malurous qu’o uno fenno


Rodgers & Hammerstein II

The Sound of Music (from The Sound of Music)

I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy (from South Pacific)

Hello, Young Lovers (from The King and I)

Lerner & Loewe

Show Me (from My Fair Lady)


Io son l’umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)


Ombra di nube


Ier dalla fabbrica a Triana (from Conchita)




About the Performer

Renée Fleming

One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence.  Known as ‘the people’s diva’ and named 2012 Female Singer of the Year by the German Echo awards, she continues to grace the world’s greatest opera stages and concert halls, now extending her reach to include other musical forms and media.  Over the past few seasons, Fleming has hosted a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera’s 'Live in HD' series for movie theaters and television, and 'Live From Lincoln Center' on PBS.

As a musical statesman, Renée Fleming has been sought after on numerous distinguished occasions, from the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to performances in Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games.  In January 2009, Fleming was featured in the televised We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial concert for President Obama.  In 2012, in an historic first, Fleming sang on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in the Diamond Jubilee Concert for HM Queen Elizabeth II.  Fleming has also performed for the United States Supreme Court and, in November 2009, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Czech Republic’s ‘Velvet Revolution’ at the invitation of Václav Havel.  An additional distinction was bestowed in 2008, when breaking a precedent, Fleming became the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to solo headline an opening night gala.

A four-time Grammy winner, Fleming won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance for Verismo (Decca/September 2009), a CD featuring a collection of rarely heard Italian arias.  In June 2010, Decca and Mercury records released the CD Dark Hope, which features Fleming covering songs by indie-rock and pop artists.  Recent DVD releases include Massenet’s Thaïs and Rossini’s Armida, both part of the Metropolitan Opera 'Live in HD' series, and Verdi’s Traviata, filmed at London’s Royal Opera House. Fleming's '2010 DVD Renée Fleming & Dmitri Hvorostovsky: A Musical Odyssey in St. Petersburg' follows Fleming and baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky to Russia, where they explore and perform in some of St. Petersburg's most historic locations.  In recent years, this fourteen-time Grammy nominated artist has recorded everything from Strauss’s complete Daphne to the jazz album Haunted Heart to the movie soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.  Her recording honours range from the 2009 Echo Award for Strauss’s Four Last Songs to the 'Prix Maria Callas Orphée d’Or' by the Académie du Disque Lyric for TDK’s DVD production of Capriccio.  In February, 2012, Fleming received the Victoire d’Honneur, the highest award conveyed by the French Victoires de la Musique.

Fleming is a champion of new music and has performed works by a wide range of contemporary composers, including recent compositions by Henri Dutilleux, Brad Mehldau, André Previn, and Wayne Shorter.  Among her numerous awards are the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal (2011); Sweden’s Polar Prize (2008); the 'Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur' from the French government (2005); Honorary Membership in the Royal Academy of Music (2003); and honorary doctorates from Carnegie Mellon University (2012), the Eastman School of Music (2011) and The Juilliard School (2003), where she was also commencement speaker.

Fleming is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Hall Corporation, the Board of Sing for Hope, and the Advisory Board of the White Nights Foundation of America.  In 2010, she was named the first ever Creative Consultant at Lyric Opera of Chicago.  She is currently curating the creation of a world-premiere opera based on the best-seller 'Bel Canto' for Lyric Opera's 2015-2016 season.


Hartmut Höll         


Hartmut Höll's performances are instantly distinctive for their feeling and sensitivity for sounds, as well as the ability to think beyond sounds to create atmosphere, the experiences and feelings within the sound landscape itself.  Höll knows the value of chamber music collaboration and of maintaining long-term partnerships.

For over a decade, Höll has accompanied Renée Fleming in concerts across Europe, Australia, Asia, and North America.  For him, she is the quintessential singer of our world community.  He admiringly notes how this unique singer chooses from a wide repertory of works created over four centuries to transmit musical enthusiasms to people of different cultures around the world.

For nearly four decades, Hartmut Höll has worked closely with Mitsuko Shirai on the lieder repertory.  Their recitals, broadcasts, and CDs have set new standards in lied interpretation.  From 1982 to 1992, Höll was also the regular performance partner of the legendary baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, acclaimed in recitals at the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals, as well as in Florence, Munich, Berlin, and New York's Carnegie Hall.  Höll has recorded some 60 CDs, many of which have won international awards.

He has also partnered in performance with other singers, including Roman Trekel, Urszula Kryger, Yvonne Naef, Jochen Kowalski, Christoph Prégardien, René Pape, Hermann Prey, Cornelius Hauptmann, Oliver Widmer, and Jadwiga Rappé, as well as instrumentalists such as the violist Tabea Zimmermann and clarinetist Sabine Meyer.

Currently a professor at the University of Music Karlsruhe, Höll previously taught at Frankfurt and Cologne.  He was visiting professor in Helsinki (1998/1999) and the Salzburg Mozarteum University (1994 to 2003), has given masterclasses for lied at the Weimar International Music Seminar, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, as well as in Jerusalem, Cairo, and the United States.  For nearly a decade he lectured on lied interpretation at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).  Since October 2007, he is serving as the rector for the University of Music Karlsruhe.

In 1990, Höll was honored with the Robert Schumann Prize of the city of Zwickau.  He is an honorary member of the Robert Schumann Society Zwickau and the Philharmonic Society of St. Petersburg, Russia.  In 1997, together with Mitsuko Shirai he received the ABC International Music Award.

From 1985 to 2007, Hartmut Höll was artistic director of the International Hugo Wolf Academy, Stuttgart.  Under his direction, the Academy's outstanding cultural accomplishments included festivals exploring Eduard Mörike (1988); ‘Germanies’ (1990); ‘Europe on the Move: People • Places • Migrations’ (1992/93) under the honorary patronage of Simone Veil; the complete works of Schubert by over 100 performance groups (1997); 1998 ‘Nature's Sounds/Human Sounds’ (1998), invited to the Weimar - European City of Culture; and a musical-literary-cinematic ‘Trip Along the Danube’ (2002).  These events had echoes far beyond the local region and led to invitations to perform at New York's Lincoln Center and the Louvre Auditorium in Paris.



Tickets available from 15 March onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking.

Ticket and Concession

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis)

‘Great Music’ Package Discount

For each purchase of standard tickets for ‘An Evening with Renée Fleming’, ‘Guitar Recital by Pepe Romero’ and ‘Academy of Ancient Music’: 5% off for any 2 concerts; 10% off for all 3 concerts.

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.

Programme Length

Running time of the concert is about 2 hours with an intermission of 20 minutes.

Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break or the interval in the programme.


Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009

The presenter reserves the right to change the programme and substitute artist should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

Concert Sponsor

Pre-concert talk

The People's Diva (Conducted in Cantonese)

Speaker: Chan Siu-kwan (Soprano, Music Educator)

Free admission on a first-come-first-served basis

Venue Date & Time Price
AC2, 4/F, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Free Admission


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