Renée Fleming

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.

At a White house ceremony this July, President Obama awarded Ms. Fleming the National Medal of Arts - America's highest honor for an individual artist. Winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, she performs on the world's greatest opera stages and concert halls, while adventurously embracing other musical forms and media. 

 Renée Fleming has sung at momentous, distinguished occasions – from the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, to an historic first in 2012, when she sang on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II. In 2009, Ms. Fleming was featured in the televised We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration concert. In 2008, she became the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to solo headline an opening night gala.

Now, she brings her extraordinary artistry to Sonoma County for the opening of the second season – an event not to be missed!

“Perfect voice, endless breath, sensual tone . . . she is sheer perfection”
– Le Monde


Gerald Martin Moore is a highly sought-after singing teacher and a vocal consultant. He has worked closely with Renée Fleming for many years since first collaborating on the production of Alcina with William Christie at the Palais Garnier in Paris. He then went on to work with Ms. Fleming on many subsequent roles, Decca recordings and recitals. He toured South America with Renée in autumn 2012. 

An authority on vocal technique, Moore is a regular broadcaster and was honored with an hour-long special interview on BBC Radio 3’s Voices, focused particularly on American singers and child stars. For OPERA magazine, he interviewed Beverly Sills on the technique of coloratura singing. Moore can currently be heard as a regular host of the Metropolitan Opera Quiz. He is also in demand as a judge for prestigious vocal competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera regional auditions.

Event Details

Sunday, September 15, 3:00 pm
Weill Hall and Lawn


The 2013-14 Season Opening with

Renée Fleming, soprano


Renée Fleming - soprano
Gerald Martin Moore - piano

Program & Information

George Frideric Händel
- To Fleeting Pleasures Make Your Court (from Samson)
- O Sleep, Why Dost Thou Leave Me (from Semele)
- Endless Pleasure (from Semele)
- Calm thou, My Soul (from Alexander Balus, HWV 65)

Richard Strauss

- Ständchen, Op. 17, No. 2
- Morgen, Op. 27, No. 4
- Zueignung, Op. 10, No. 1

Joseph Canteloube

Chants d'Auvergne
- Malurous qu'o uno fenno 
- Baïlèro

Léo Delibes

- Les Filles de Cadix

Traditional / Arr. Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour

Two Rivers
- The Water is Wide
- Shenandoah

J. Todd Frazier
- Wild Horses
- We Hold These Truths


Erich Wolfgang Korngold
- Marietta's Lied (from Die tote Stadt)
- Frag mich oft (from Walzer aus Wien, after Johann Strauss II)

Johann Strauss II
- I'm In Love With Vienna (from The Great Waltz)

Francesco Cilea
- Io son l'umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Giacomo Puccini
- O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Riccardo Zandonai
- Ier dalla fabrica a Triana (from Conchita)

Leonard Bernstein
- I Feel Pretty (from West Side Story)
- Somewhere (from West Side Story)

Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein
- The Sound of Music (from The Sound of Music)
- A Wonderful Guy (from South Pacific)