An opera star singing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming may seem a bit out of place only if you were unaware of the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF). Since 1962, the core of the celebration is the seven-week classical music Festival held each summer.
GTMF Music Director Donald Runnicles invited his long-time collaborator, international opera superstar Renée Fleming, who accepted to perform at a special gala event at Walk Festival Hall on July 29 at 7 p.m. Guest conductor Edo de Waart will lead the Festival Orchestra. Comprised of leading orchestral musicians from North America's top orchestras, the Teton Music Festival Orchestra is brought together each summer for this festival.
Soprano Renée Fleming has been sought after on numerous distinguished occasions including the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, performances in Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games and in 2012 she sang on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in the Diamond Jubilee Concert for HM Queen Elizabeth II. President Obama awarded Fleming the 2012 National Medal of Arts. She is a four-time Grammy winner and won the 2013 Best Classical Vocal Solo Grammy Award for Poèmes (Decca, 2012), a collection of 20th-Century French music, including works composed especially for her by Henri Dutilleux. A Decca Records playlist of exerts can be found on Soundcloud. In recent developments, she has extended another two years working with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and will continue to serve as its creative consultant She will be curating the 2015 premiere of the new opera "Bel Canto."
The video on this page is of her performing at a more unusual event this past weekend. Renée Fleming sang "America the Beautiful" at Harvard's 364th Commencement on May 28, 2015 at Tercentenary Theatre. She was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Music by Harvard University.
Tickets for this gala event are $85 and went on sale on June 2. They can be purchased at GTMF website or by calling 307-733-1128. As a bonus tickets include a complimentary beverage at intermission. It is highly recommended that tickets be purchased in advance.