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Renee Fleming to helm 'Chicago Voices,' a new Lyric Opera initiative

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January 7, 2016  6:05 pm

As superstar soprano Renee Fleming counts down her appearances in opera and broadens her late-career involvement in the realms of crossover, education and community engagement, there would appear to be no new worlds remaining for Lyric Opera's creative consultant to conquer.

Wrong.

At a news conference Thursday, Fleming and Lyric general director Anthony Freud announced the diva will helm "Chicago Voices," a new, multiyear Lyric initiative celebrating the diverse vocal traditions that have long been a vital part of music in the city.

Modeled after the "American Voices" initiative Fleming brought to Washington's Kennedy Center in 2013, "Chicago Voices" will partner Lyric's community engagement department, Lyric Unlimited, with the Chicago Public Library, Chicago History Museum and Columbia College Chicago to engage and interact with city residents in various disciplines and musical genres.

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