“The Aspen Music Festival’s reimagined opera program is up and running with the legendary soprano Renée Fleming and conductor Patrick Summers at the helm and 15 of the world’s most promising opera students in its inaugural class,” writes Andrew Travers in Thursday’s (7/16) Aspen Times (CO). “Running since late June, the program’s young singers turn toward the public this weekend with Saturday night’s performance of an abridged ‘The Magic Flute’ at the Benedict Music Tent.” A free livestream of the performance will be available at aspenmusicfestival.com. “Fleming and Summers have been pleased to find that this diverse international group of students’ curiosity and teachability matches their talent…. Fleming herself is among Aspen’s most famous alumni…. Fleming and Summers—music director at the Houston Grand Opera—were drawn to lead the VocalARTS program for the chance to prepare young musicians for today’s intense and quickly transforming world of opera…. VocalARTS is aiming to prepare them for the social media age … and the unique challenges of the 21st century classical music world…. Fleming and Summers and guest speakers … discuss topics ranging from Baroque ornamentation and song literature to sessions on racial equity and discrimination … managing one’s taxes, website development and audition practices.”