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Just what I wanted!

La Cieca (pictured, left) celebrated her birthday early this year when she unexpectedly received the perfect gift—the following press release:

Tune in to PBS on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 8:00p.m. for Live From Lincoln Center’s telecast of America’s favorite soprano and “the people’s diva” Renée Fleming in a special intimate concert from the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. Featuring the rarely-performed American masterpiece, Knoxville Summer of 1915 by Samuel Barber, the program also marks the first New York concert performance of songs from Ms. Fleming’s acclaimed new pop and indie-rock album, Dark Hope. A favorite of this Emmy Award-winning series as both performer and host, Ms. Fleming will also perform Broadway favorites and duets with popular vocalist Josh Groban.

Relative newcomers to parterre who may be wondering what the hell La Cieca is babbling about are invited to view a snippet of La Scoopenda’s previous Kaplan Penthouse foray, from 1999:

  • Ilka Saro

    I hope they sing “The Little Drummer Boy”

  • almavivante

    Is Barber’s Knoxville really so “rarely performed”?

    No matter. On Friday, April 6, at 8pm, I will be otherwise engaged. With what, I don’t know yet, but I do plan on being otherwise engaged.

    • Clita del Toro

      LOL Me too!

    • Quanto Painy Fakor

      rarely well performed

    • Cocky Kurwenal

      As if somebody would force you to go if this were not the case.

      • perfidia

        In the inmortal words of Rose Nylund: “I’m washing my hair. All day.”

  • Camille

    How embarrassing.

    Note to La Cieca, you need to take that wig out and burn it. You look best as either a blonde or in your Ann-Margret flaming redhead guise.

  • mandryka

    This looks like a joke item from The Opera Onion!

  • novotna

    “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” is rarely performed? That’s news to me. It was even done here in the Sahara of the Bozarts about three years ago: the North Carolina Symphony programmed it with Nicole Cabell as soloist.

    • Ilka Saro

      Rarely performed as a duet with Josh Groban as the garden hose.

  • Wow, that Fleming performance really is the definition of “tasteless”, isn’t it?

  • veal seduttore

    She’s real cool, Daddy-O! Love how she slaps her chest! And that bluesy final note! Wow -- now I like popular music too! She’s done so much for us….

  • OpinionatedNeophyte

    I’ve still never seen the infamous Fleming Nobel ceremony performances, where oh where is the audio and visual evidence? The teasing bits of I Could’ve Danced All Night I’ve heard suggest a level of filth that must be seen to be believed. Won’t someone share with poor, naive OpNeo?

    • SilvestriWoman

      Same song as the Nobel, just about as frighteningly done…

  • OpinionatedNeophyte

    Diva does jazz right:

  • Doctor Hoffman

    Who are you and what have you done to our Reneeee!

    April 6th is my and my husbear’s 9th and 1/2 year anniversary, what in the world did we do to deserve this?

    • OpinionatedNeophyte

      Oh wow herr Doctor, me and my tall drink of water celebrate our 5th anniversary this April 7th! Thanks for taking the karmic blow for us, it seems we only just missed it.

      • Noel Dahling

        Happy Anniversary to both of you!

  • Papagano

    A truly awful rendition of a really fun song. Is ms Flemming following in the footsteps of Charlot Church? She should be careful…

  • La Valkyrietta

    Why does La Scoopenda remind me of La Lupe in this?

    • perfidia

      La Lupe had more soul in one Ay! than Renee’s whole ouvre.

  • Donna Anna

    The first night of Passover. Well, she can cast a Good Friday spell.

  • SilvestriWoman

    Renee, I respect that, as a college student, you worked with the legendary Illinois Jaquet, but it seems that you’ve forgotten nearly everything you absorbed during that period in your life.

    If by any chance you’re trolling this site, and still feel the need to sing jazz, clear out your calendar and study this. No opera singer before or since can touch Eileen Farrell in this (or most) rep, but attention must still be paid!

    • operadunce

      Has it really escaped everyone’s notice that this clip is from 1999, thirteen years ago, folks!? It has nothing to do with the announced program coming up in April other than it happened to take place at the same venue.

  • Clita del Toro

    Just watched ‘This Can’t Be Love’ clip with Reneigh; that woman is crazy!
    Doesn’t she listen to herself???? But, her best is Over the Rainbow (don’t know from where, I think there are several) that literally has me convulsed with laughter when I hear it.

  • Clita del Toro

    Here is one version of Reneigh’s Over the Rainbow. Not the funnier one I heard, but nonetheless pretty awful and entertaining.

    • Clita del Toro

      I think that Reneigh’s biggest problem is her taste level (in opera and in song). She has the voice, the technique, intelligence (sometimes I am not so sure about this) and great musical ability, but it’s her lack of taste that gets her into trouble.

      This reminds me of episodes of Project Runway where the judges praise a designer’s technical ability (ability to sew, drape, construction, etc.) and their inventiveness, but feel that their low taste level is a significant drawback.

      • Exactly so. This is compounded by the fact that Fleming desperately tries to be an “interesting” singer and more than just a pretty voice. So, she constantly emotes and tries to inject personality into her singing, and almost always misfires. She (and we) would be better off if she were the type of singer who is happy just to sing the notes correctly and musically (like early in her career). At least then her music-making would be more honest if not terribly artistic.

        • Clita del Toro

          Right, Kashie. My friend Leonora da Pin-Yenta’s theory is that when Reneigh first sings a role it may be relatively free of mannerisms; but, in subsequent performances she adds the “emotes” and other touches to “deepen” her interpretation, but which, unfortunately, often has the opposite effect.

          • Clita del Toro

            has= have

          • MontyNostry

            So right, Clita and Kashania. As I’ve said on here before, I don’t think she has instincts. When it comes to her interpretation, it’s all nurture and no nature.

        • Porpora

          I agree. There are times (most times actually) when singing in the center of the pitch, on and in time, is the way to go. Does Fleming listen to her singing of these pieces? I wonder about that. There is a great difference between what you think you are doing and what is actually happening when singing.