Pureland Series is delighted to announce Ms. Renée Fleming in conversation with Ms. Bianca Jagger on Thursday 12 January 2017. Renée and Bianca will share their insight on opera, life, philanthropy and the transformative power of art and music in this time of great change and transition.
The talk coincides with Ms Fleming’s appearances in Der Rosenkavalier at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and at the Metropolitan Opera New York.
This is a rare opportunity for an intimate audience with the four time Grammy winner and world renowned soprano, Ms. Renée Fleming. Ms. Fleming is a passionate advocate of the Arts and Arts education. Most recently she was made Artistic Advisor-at-Large for the John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts. She also holds positions on the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Hall Corporation, Board of Sing for Hope and is a member of the Artistic Advisory Board of the Polyphony Foundation; a foundation that uses the common ground of music to bring together children from Arabic and Jewish backgrounds.
Ms. Bianca Jagger, is a cultural icon, philanthropist, Goodwill Ambassador for the Council of Europe and Founder, President and Chief Executive of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation. She is a Member of the Executive Director’s Leadership Council of Amnesty International USA and a trustee of the Amazon Charitable Trust. She has fought tirelessly for the rights of women, indigenous peoples, and victims of war and has committed her life to defending human rights, civil liberties, peace, social justice and environmental protection throughout the world.
Fleming has given some of the most iconic vocal performances at some of the most important historical occasions, including the Queen’s Jubilee concert at the balcony of Buckingham Palace, the inauguration of President Obama, the first Beijing Olympics, a landmark occasion signifying the rise of China, a poignant rendition of Amazing Grace at the 9/11 memorial service at Ground Zero and the concert at the Brandenburg Gate marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. She was the first classical musician to sing the American Anthem at Superbowl XLVIII. The event broadcast broke the record in American history with 111 million audience.
Ms Fleming has received numerous honours and awards: Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit; the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal; Sweden’s Polar Prize; the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur from the French government; Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music; and honorary doctorates from Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, Carnegie Mellon University, the Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School, where she was also commencement speaker. She was awarded by President Obama the Medal for the Arts, the nation’s top awards for the artists. .
Ms Fleming has shattered the stereotype of the classical artist – singing chanson, jazz and indie rock and even appearing in comedy on Broadway.
The conversation between the two extraordinary ladies will promise to be a stimulating and inspiring experience. Every audience member attending the event will receive a copy of Renée’s new album, ‘Distant Light’ as a souvenir to commemorate this rare and intimate evening in the company of the The People’s Diva.
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