Renee Fleming and Manfred Honeck

Superstar soprano Renee Fleming sat down with Music Director Manfred Honeck in the Fifth Floor dressing room to talk about their Pittsburgh Symphony “Now is the  Time” Gala concert at Heinz hall September 23, 2023 recalling Renee’s first years in Indiana, PA and Ridgeway. Manfred Honeck answers the question – is Renee Fleming a diva?  Renee discusses her Kennedy Center honor at the end of the year with Dionne Warwick, Queen Latifah, Billy Crystal and Barry Gibb. Jim Cunningham asks about her series of Imax ‘Cities that Sing’ live to theaters concerts with Paris and Venice. Renee Fleming mentions her work with Andre Previn in “Streetcar Named Desire” and his last music, “Penelope.” They run down the concert program with 4 Black Dances by  Carlos Simon, John Kandar’s “Letter From Sullivan Ballou,” La Boheme by Leoncavallo, “Till There Was You” from the Music Man, and Andrew Lippa’s “The Diva.”