Fleming has achieved nearly unparalleled success, reaching international fame singing in every major opera house around the world. The Detroit News


Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 29. That’s the night that one of opera’s biggest stars, Renée Fleming, kicks off the 2018-2019 season of Michigan Opera Theatre. Straight from her Tony-nominated Broadway performance in Carousel, Fleming will perform a special gala concert at the Detroit Opera House featuring a variety of music from opera, Broadway and classical composers. She will be accompanied by MOT principal conductor Stephen Lord and the MOT Orchestra. The concert will also feature Victoria Jaiani and Dylan Gutierrez of Chicago’s renowned Joffrey Ballet performing a pas de deux from Swan Lake.

Fleming’s season opener for MOT will also include performances of her best-known movie songs. The world-renowned soprano has sung in the Academy Award-winning films The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Most recently, Fleming was actress Julianne Moore’s singing voice in the drama Bel Canto, which opened September 14.

One of the most acclaimed and beloved voices of our time, Fleming recently performed at the A Capitol Fourth concert in Washington D.C. and sang Danny Boy at Sen. John McCain’s funeral. A four-time Grammy winner for her operatic albums, Fleming’s turn as Nettie Fowler in the much-anticipated revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’sCarousel earned her a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical this year.

Fleming has achieved nearly unparalleled success, reaching international fame singing in every major opera house around the world. She has expanded her repertoire outside of the opera genre with her work in film and performing for crowds on Broadway and for special events like those mentioned at the White House and Buckingham Palace. She has also served in leadership for various organizations all over the world promoting musical performance and education.

The upcoming concert is part of the MOT’s 48th Season Gala, featuring a sponsorship-level gala as well as a Young Professionals Party. Gala tickets include pre-concert cocktails, the concert and the Music & Movement afterglow. Sponsorship-level tickets will include an exclusive dinner and presentation, while the Young Professionals Party will feature a strolling dinner reception on the Detroit Opera House Sky Deck. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. with the cocktail reception beginning at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 8:30 p.m. and the afterglow at 9:45 p.m.

Among the pieces on the program are:

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture from Le nozze di Figaro
  • George Frideric Handel: “Ritorna, oh caro e dolce mio Tesoro” from Rodelinda
  • Licinio Refice: “Ombra di Nube” from Bel Canto
  • Friedrich Von Flotow: “‘Tis the last rose of Summer” from Martha, from Three Billboards
  • Frederick Loewe (Johnny Green arrangement): Overture from My Fair Lady
  • Sting: “August Winds” from The Last Ship
  • Stephen Sondheim: “The Glamorous Life” from A Little Night Music

The full program is available here.

When she isn’t performing, Fleming is dedicated to affirming the importance of the arts in today’s world and to sharing the connection between music and healing. In 2016, she co-launched an initiative between the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Institutes of Health, in association with the National Endowment for the Arts, called Sound Health, which aims to “expand our understanding of the connections between music and wellness.” Fleming has created a presentation called Music and the Mind, in which she explores the cognitive benefits of music in healing. She has spoken to general audiences in more than a dozen cities nationwide on topics including childhood development, music therapy and cognitive neuroscience. While in Detroit, Fleming is giving her Music and the Mind presentation to area neurologists at Henry Ford Hospital. In each location, Fleming works with local experts as a way to highlight the groundbreaking research and programming taking place at the intersection of music, health and neuroscience.

Single tickets for the Michigan Opera Theatre season opener, “An Evening with Renée Fleming,” are on sale now ($49 – $149). Young Professionals Party tickets, including the concert, are $125 per person. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 313-237-7464 or in person at the Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit. Tickets for the gala, including the concert, start at $750 per person. To inquire about sponsorships contact Assia Likomanov at or call (313) 237-3268.  Complete season information is also available.

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