Friday, February 11, 2011

Renée Fleming Will Sing In Istanbul This Summer

(Photo: Andrew Eccles/Decca)
Soprano Renée Fleming will sing a concert for the 39th Istanbul Music Festival on July 22, 2011. The concert will take place at the Hagia Eirene Museum (Aya İrini Müzesi) and she will be accompanied by the Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra. The Hagia Eirene (Greek: Ἁγία Εἰρήνη, "Holy Peace", Turkish: Aya İrini), often erroneously rendered in English as St Irene, is a former Eastern Orthodox church located in the outer courtyard of Topkapı Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. It is open as a museum every day except Monday but requires special permission for admission. Today, the museum serves mainly as a concert hall for classical music performances, due to its extraordinary acoustic characteristics and impressive atmosphere. Many of the concerts of the Istanbul International Music Festival have been held here every summer since 1980. In 2000, the Turkish haute couture designer Faruk Saraç
produced a special show here. A collection of 700 designed pieces inspired by the Ottoman sultans, including the robes of 36 sultans ranging from Osman Gazi, the founder of the Ottoman Empire to the last sultan, Mehmed VI, were on display. The show was accompanied by music and the story of the sultans' lives and demonstrations of Ottoman-era dancing.
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