In The City — 01 February 2014
‘Up Close and Personal’ with Leona Mitchell

Leona Mitchell sang her heart out onstage for decades. She has plenty left

Leona Mitchell has been to the mountaintop of opera over a 35-year career. She was a longtime leading soprano at the Met. She serenaded four presidents and performed with each of the “Three Tenors.” She won a Grammy for Porgy and Bess. And she will bring an eclectic program next to the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale Feb. 20 and 21, as part of the Venetian Arts Society’s “Up Close and Personal” series. The soprano’s intimate concert will be followed by a champagne reception, with a master class the next morning.

Adding to the special occasion, superstar soprano Renata Scotto will not only be in attendance but her 80th birthday will be celebrated. Called “one of the greatest African-American sopranos of this age” by Opera News, Met star Mitchell will also welcome noted stage director Tito Capobianco to the audience of her salon concert presented by the Venetian Arts Society at NSU’s Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, in conjunction with the new exhibition, THE MOVEMENT: Robert Adelman Photography of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.” The cherry on the cake: The festivities will be filmed for a TV documentary.

­—Greg Carannante

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