Renée Fleming, internationally acclaimed soprano and Juilliard alumna, will conduct a master class with singers from The Juilliard School’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts on Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 4-6 PM. The live-streamed event (www.juilliard.edu/live) will be the second in a trio of live-streamed master classes hosted by Juilliard this season. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato opened the series on October 4, and bass-baritone Eric Owens will close the series on Thursday, May 1, 2014 (4-6 PM).
The February 13 master class by Renée Fleming will be her second at Juilliard. Ms. Fleming last gave a master class at Juilliard in October 2009, her first New York master class, which also marked the dedication of the School’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
Juilliard Patrons comprise the invited audience for this master class. If you would like information about becoming a Juilliard Patron, please visit Juilliard’s website at Juilliard Membership.
About Soprano Renée Fleming
Soprano Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice and consummate artistry. A four-time Grammy® winner, “the people’s diva” continues to grace the world’s greatest stages, now extending her reach to include other musical forms and media. Ms. Fleming has hosted a variety of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series for movie theaters and television, and Live From Lincoln Center on PBS.
Recent engagements include the role of Desdemona in Otello (Metropolitan Opera), Blanche DuBois in André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire (Carnegie Hall/Lyric Opera of Chicago), the Countess in Strauss’s Cappriccio (Vienna/London Royal Opera), and Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier (Vienna). Ms. Fleming began 2014 with the title role in Dvořák’s Rusalka (Metropolitan Opera). Ms. Fleming was the first-ever opera singer to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl on February 2, 2014. In April, she will sing the title role of Strauss’s Arabella (Salzburg).
Ms. Fleming sang at the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony. In January 2009, she was featured in a televised concert for President Obama’s inauguration. She has also performed for the United States Supreme Court. An additional distinction was bestowed in 2008 when, breaking a precedent, Ms. Fleming became the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to solo headline an opening night gala. Among her numerous awards are the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal (2011); Sweden’s Polar Prize (2008); the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (2005); Honorary Membership in the Royal Academy of Music (2003); and honorary doctorates from Carnegie Mellon University (2012), the Eastman School of Music (2011), and The Juilliard School (2003), where she was also commencement speaker. At a White House ceremony last July, the President awarded Ms. Fleming the National Medal of Arts, America's highest honor for an individual artist.
About the Juilliard Singers
Soprano Raquel González, from Lawrence, Kansas, is currently pursuing a master of music degree at The Juilliard School. A recent alumnus of the Juilliard undergraduate program, Ms. González has performed as Arminda (La finta giardiniera), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), The Rooster (The Cunning Little Vixen), and Mélisse in Gluck’s Armide, a co-production between the Metropolitan Opera and The Juilliard School. She will next be seen at Juilliard as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin and as Diane in Charpentier's Actéon with William Christie and Juilliard415. She is a student of Marlena Malas and a recipient of the Toulmin Foundation Scholarship.
Soprano Pureum Jo, a native of Korea, is a second-year Master of Music student at The Juilliard School, where she also received her Bachelor’s degree. Ms. Jo has appeared as Matsukaze in Matsukaze (Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival), Blanche in Dialogues des carmélites (The Chautauqua Institution), and Sandrina in La finta giardiniera. She has covered Norina in Don Pasquale and Giulia in La scala di seta (The Juilliard School). She has also performed at Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall in concert, including the Marilyn Horne Foundation Annual Recital The Song Continues…, Juilliard’s Wednesdays at One series, Juilliard Songfest coached by Brian Zeger, a concert of Rameau works with Juilliard415 under Robert Mealy, and has appeared as a soloist in Haydn’s Mass in Time of War and Mozart’s Laudate Dominum with Voices of Ascension in New York City. Ms. Jo won Second Prize in the 2014 Eastern Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She is a student of Marlena Malas and is the recipient of the Anna Case MacKay Scholarship.
Tenor Miles Mykkanen, a native of Michigan, received his bachelor's degree from and continues his graduate studies at The Juilliard School as a Toulmin Foundation Scholar as a student of Cynthia Hoffmann. His 2013-14 highlights include Lensky in Juilliard’s Eugene Onegin and the American Voices festival at The Kennedy Center. This summer, Mr. Mykkanen will be a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and lead a recital tour with the Pine Mountain Music Festival. Mr. Mykkanen has worked with Wolf Trap Opera Company, Franz-Schubert-Institut, and Opera on the Avalon. Recent roles include Gastone in Verdi’s La traviata, Florindo in Wolf-Ferrari's Le donne curiose, and Il Contino Belfiore in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera. Appearing regularly with the New York Festival of Song, Mr. Mykkanen has performed in Alice Tully Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, and Carnegie Hall. Highly active in student life at Juilliard, Mr. Mykkanen was awarded the 2013 Joseph W. Polisi Prize for exemplifying the School's values of the "artist as citizen." He is also the recipient of Juilliard's Lucrezia Bori Grant for language studies and the Gold Award for Voice at the YoungArts Foundation Competition.
Soprano Hyesang Park, a native of South Korea, is pursuing a master of music degree at The Juilliard School, where she studies with Edith Bers. She made her debut as Violetta in La traviata with Korea National Opera, where she also performed in L’elisir d’amore. Ms. Park has also performed in Don Giovanni, Cavelleria Rusticana, Tosca, and Un ballo in maschera with Seoul Metropolitan Opera. Ms. Park received support from and performed solos at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts and Pony Chung Hall. She trained for two years at the Korea National Opera Young Artist Program, and has performed with several orchestras throughout Korea. Ms. Park is the first place winner of both the Korea National Opera and Sejong Center for the Performing Arts competitions, and was awarded the Minister for Culture Prize in Korea. She completed her bachelor of music degree in vocal performance at Seoul National University in Korea. This season, Ms. Park participated in a master class with Sir Richard Bonynge, will perform in the 2014 Juilliard Vocal Arts Honors Recital in Alice Tully Hall, and will make her Juilliard Opera debut as La Fée in Cendrillon.
2013-14 Juilliard Live-Streamed Master Class Schedule at www.juilliard.edu/live
In the final master class of this series, bass-baritone Eric Owens will work with singers from the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts at Juilliard, followed by a Q&A from the audience as time allows.
Thursday, May 1, 2014, 4-6pm
Bass-baritone Eric Owens works with Juilliard singers to be announced.