For Waco opera and classical music fans, it’s something to sing about: Opera star Renee Fleming will perform with the Waco Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 7 as part of its 2017-2018 season.
The Waco appearance is one of three Texas performances next fall for the world-famous soprano and comes between recitals in Houston and San Antonio. Fleming’s Waco performance will be the only one with orchestral backing.
Waco Symphony Association executive director Susan Taylor said Fleming’s Waco visit is a happy convergence of Fleming’s schedule, the WSO’s interest, venue availability and local financial support to bring the singer to Waco.
The American-born Fleming, one of the world’s best-known sopranos, boasts a three-decade career filled with roles in more than 50 operas; appearances with opera companies around the world, including multiple performances with the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Opera; more than 40 CDs and 20 DVDs plus four Grammy Awards; numerous television and radio appearances; film soundtracks; and a host of public performances and appearances.
A National Medal of the Arts recipient, she sang the national anthem at the 2014 Super Bowl and performed at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Fleming, 58, will retire from opera productions after her performance next month in the Metropolitan Opera production of “Der Rosenkavalier,” but will continue recital and concert performances. Her schedule this year features stops in Vienna, London, Moscow, Budapest, Paris, Madrid, Moscow, Tokyo, Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul — and Waco.
Ticket information is still pending, but Taylor said Fleming’s concert with the WSO is part of the regular season and, as a result, available to season ticket-holders. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Waco performance in 2015 was separate from the regular WSO season.
The WSA expects to mail out information on the new season starting next month. Taylor said season tickets will cost $50 more this year for floor and lower balcony seating, and $25 more for upper balcony season tickets. Current season ticket holders will have the chance to renew their seats before season ticket sales start. Single-concert tickets will go on sale once season ticket sales are finished.
The remainder of the 2017-18 season will have a strong visual dimension, with two concerts featuring onstage performers in addition to the symphony.
The season starts Sept. 21 with the gold medalist pianist from this June’s Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The WSO’s holiday concert, which alternates with performances of the ballet “The Nutcracker,” will be Dec. 8 after Fleming’s Nov. 7 appearance.
Two couples from Dance South Florida will dance waltzes and tangos set to classical music in the Jan. 18 concert. Young American violinist Simone Porter is the guest artist for the March 24 concert.
The return of Cirque de la Symphonie, whose acrobats and aerialists performed with the WSO in 2010, will close the WSO season April 12 with a program set to movie music.