By Francisco Salazar
On Jan. 18 Renée Fleming will mentor six pairs of aspiring young singers and pianists from around the world in the third year of SongStudio, an innovative program exploring the future of the vocal recital.
The program, which is hosted by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute will showcase emerging vocalists and pianists together with leading artists and special guests for a week of instruction via digital platforms this year.
In a statement, Fleming said, “The art of the song recital is something I’m passionate about. So I’m delighted to work with SongStudio, building on the legacy of the great Marilyn Horne, whose own workshop at Carnegie took place over two decades. In addition to honing skills of language, style, and interpretation, I enjoy encouraging young musicians to explore innovative approaches to this venerable art. That includes developing presentations of their work for digital platforms. We all know that video is a crucial medium in the special circumstances of this year, but it has been an increasingly important tool for artists and it isn’t going away.”
The week, which is set to run through Jan. 23 will feature special guests, leading singers, and other artists from a variety of disciplines lending their insights and expertise in workshops, master classes, and discussions including pianist Graham Johnson, mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly, tenor Lawrence Brownlee, Musicologist Susan Youens, Thomas Lausmann, Javier Arrebola, and Gerald Martin Moore.
The participants will include Helen Huang, Esme Wong, Yvette Keong, Gracie Francis, Megan Moore, Francesco Barfoed, Erin Wagner, Shawn Chang, Gregory Feldmann, Nathaniel LaNasa, Bryan Murray, and Anna Smigelskaya.