Renée Fleming, having suddenly taken ill, has had to pull out of Sunday night’s gala finale of the first Festival del Sole in California’s Napa Valley.
With conductor Stéphane Denève and the Russian National Orchestra, Fleming was scheduled to perform Strauss’s Four Last Songs at the July 23 concert. The program also includes the overture to Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Strauss’s tone poem Don Juan and Dvorák’s Cello Concerto with soloist Nina Kotova, the festival’s artistic director.
But the concert is going ahead as planned — thanks to quick thinking, generosity and the miracle of modern flight: Christine Brewer will travel directly to the festival following an East Coast performance tomorrow night and step in for the ailing Fleming.
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