Vail Valley Arts: Opera singer added to Vilar lineup |

Vail Valley Arts: Opera singer added to Vilar lineup

Special to the Vail Daily/Andrew EcclesVail Valley Arts: Opera singer Renee Fleming will perform at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek on Feb. 26.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – The Vilar Performing Arts Center in Colorado’s Vail Valley has announced an addition to the winter 2009-10 lineup. Opera star Renee Fleming will perform on Feb. 26 in a gala evening, with all proceeds from the show benefiting the theater.

Fleming captivates audiences with her voice and compelling stage presence. Known as “the people’s diva,” she continues to perform at opera stages and concert halls, and now extends her reach to include television, radio and other mediums.

In 2008, a precedent was broken when Fleming became the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to headline an opening night gala.

As a musical statesman, Fleming has been sought after for numerous distinguished occasions, from the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to performances in Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games. On Jan. 18, 2009, she performed for the televised We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial concert for President Obama.

The two-time Grammy Award-winner has performed for the United States Supreme Court, HRH The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, and celebrates the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution at the invitation of Vaclav Havel.

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“What’s really unique about this performance is the intimacy of the venue,” said Vilar Center Executive Director Kris Sabel. “It’s a rare occasion to see such an amazing talent up close and personal.”

Additionally, the evening’s function as a fundraiser for the Vilar Center makes the night even more special.

“We’re so thrilled to be able to present Ms. Fleming in an evening that benefits the Vilar Center,” Sabel said. “Not only is it a completely unique opportunity to see an opera great, but by attending the show, you’re also supporting the theater and all the programming we bring to the Valley year-round.”

Tickets for An Evening with Renee Fleming are $150 and are available online at, by calling 888-920-ARTS (2787) or in person at the box office in Beaver Creek.

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