PORTLAND – Superstar soprano Renée Fleming will make her Maine debut with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, honoring Robert Moody’s inaugural season at an endowment benefit concert.

The event will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Merrill Auditorium.

One of the greatest sopranos of any era, Fleming’s purity of tone, musical intelligence and grace allow her to excel on operatic stages and in orchestral settings, but it is in recital where her subtlest gifts shine through. With the PSO, she will perform works from both the classical and popular repertoire, including Richard Strauss’ Suite from Der Rosenkavalier and “Four Last Songs;” “I Could Have Danced All Night” from “My Fair Lady;” and “Carousel Waltz” from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Carousel.”

Fleming has sung for audiences worldwide and performed as the soloist at New York’s Metropolitan Opera’s Opening Night Gala on Sept. 22. Later this season, she will appear in “La Traviata” at London’s Covent Garden.

A two-time Grammy winner, Fleming’s most recent CD is “Strauss: Four Last Songs,” conducted by Christian Thielemann (2008). She is featured on the Metropolitan Opera’s recording of Eugene Onegin, and her numerous awards include Sweden’s Polar Prize (2008); the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French government (2005); Honorary Membership in the Royal Academy of Music (2003); and a 2003 honorary doctorate from The Juilliard School, where she was also commencement speaker.

In the last year, Fleming has launched her own fragrance, La Voce by Renée Fleming, and has had a flower (The Renée Fleming Iris) and a dessert (La Diva Renée, by famed chef Daniel Boulud) named in her honor.

Tickets to the concert range from $65 to $140 and are available through PortTix at 842-0800 or www.porttix.com. Phone and Internet orders are subject to a $5 per ticket handling fee. Tickets may also be purchased in person from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the box office at 20 Myrtle St.

There will be a concert conversation, in partnership with PORTopera, at 6:15 p.m. in Merrill’s rehearsal hall.

For complete season information, including artist biographies and program notes, visit www.portlandsymphony.com.


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