More details are emerging about upcoming funeral services for the late U.S. Senator John McCain. Before he died from brain cancer last weekend, he requested that opera singer Renée Fleming perform the Irish standard "Danny Boy" at his memorial service.
She has agreed.
"She is very honored," her manager, Dannielle Thomas, told the Democrat and Chronicle. "It's going to be a beautiful service."
American soprano Renee Fleming grew up in Rochester. During her undergraduate studies at the Crane School of Music she sang with a jazz trio. While she was at Crane she decided to do her graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music.
Her first major break came in 1988, when she won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. She performed at the inaugural celebration for President Obama, and in 2014 was the first opera singer to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
Here Renee sings It's a Beautiful Day for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert (2012)
The comedy/tragedy of Cyrano de Bergerac and his beloved Roxane, a love story for the ages, comes alive in this rediscovered operatic gem, which packs the power of full-blooded Italian verismo. The title role is a signature part for the charismatic star tenor Roberto Alagna, performing it with the company for the first time opposite Met favorite Patricia Racette, who plays his secret love. Marco Armiliato conducts.
The Metropolitan Opera wraps up the 2016-2017 broadcast season with a Live in HD theater presentation of Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier (Live in HD Theatercast begins at 12:25 pm, radio broadcast begins at 1:00 pm)
Beloved singer (and Rochester icon) Renée Fleming is saying farewell to staged opera with a performance of Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier this spring. But of course, that doesn't mean she's done with music. She'll be singing concerts, continuing her work with the Lyric Opera of Chicago as their Creative Consultant, and more.
I was trying to remember who ruled Austria when Beethoven was working on his Fifth Symphony. German Emperor Francis II? Napoleon? Can you name the Holy Roman Emperor in power when Mozart was putting the finishing touches on The Magic Flute? Which U.S. President lived in the White House when Aaron Copland wrote Appalachian Spring?
Unless you majored in music in college, you probably can’t toss off these names without a little help from Google.