Press Acclaim

Acclaim for Festival of the Arts BOCA 2010

Boca Raton, FL

Fleming shines at Boca Raton's Festival of the Arts

"As perhaps the best-known star in opera today, Renée Fleming could probably coast on her looks, voice and rapport with audiences... But the American soprano presented a varied and challenging program that, while including a few standards, offered less frequently heard works by Strauss, as well as outright rarities by Leoncavallo and Mascagni... Fleming was ably backed by the Russian National Orchestra, among the most highly regarded orchestras in Russia today."

South Florida Classical Review (March 2010) [more]

What They’re Saying

"To present American and Russian musicians performing and teaching together at Festival Napa Valley...is precisely the kind of effort that sustains vital cultural links...at a critical time for both societies. [This] resonates with the public [and] is meaningful for the musician participants...Cultural diplomacy and music offer alternatives to contention and sustain important linkages between our societies for the long run...Now more than ever we need viable citizen-to-citizen points of contact and dialogue."

James F. Collins (Ambassador Ret.)

Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace