Press release: “Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Renée Fleming Wears Her Creative Consultant Hat in Chicago and On the Road”
Is this an insult to Carmen Miranda?
Am I missing something? There is nothing under “Read more.””
As the song goes, “Disseram que voltei americanizada” (“They Say I Have Turned American”)…
Obviously, Ms. Fleming is preparing her new role, Princess Tiejing (Princess Iron Mirror) from “Silang Visits His Mother”
Gallery here: http://tinyurl.com/79k9eha
Or is Reneigh doing a remake of Marilyn’s “We’re Having a Heat Wave?” It shouldn’t happen to a dog!
Does it mean I am too far gone that I was trying to remember if Ms. Horne did “We’re Having a Heat Wave”?
OH NO!!!!!!!!! Divine La Cieca -- our poor Mistress, must be so distressed. La Fleming stealing her new MET turban!!
I would protest in the strongest possible terms to Mr Gulp ……… ehhhh Gelb -- “The Listening Man”, forthwith and preferably via The New York Times!
is that a gold lamé banana, or is she just happy to see her supplicants?
Is she adding Kundry to her roles??
I personally find a cornucopia more fetching. You wanna give all those fruits a stable and safe home!
That second photo -- it’s from the SF Opera Die Walkuere, isn’t it? She’s taking up Sieglinde?
I thought she was getting ready for the Forest Bird in Zambello’s Ring, WNO edition.
Can’t spot a pineapple there, so Bette’s crown is safe for now. Unless she attempts that operetta which I think is called Die Blume von Hawaii.
And of course no lady lunches or travels without hat and gloves.
Well, Renaaay always likes to tell us how Solti described her voice as ‘double crème’, so now she’s got some fruit (though I can’t see any peaches) to go with it.
Or, Reneigh is doing an MGM-type Rosenkavalier production in Hungary with De Niese as Sophie and Nada as Octavian. A shirtless Scott Connor as Ochs.
Ensuring her creative consultations will be fruitful?
There’s a very peculiar song on Alagna’s overloud and joyously vulgar C’Est magnifique album called “Salade des Fruits”.
Oh and for her sake I’m so glad the banana’s pointing in the right direction
Here is the original
Bourvil was a famous French comedian whose schtick was playing the fool (fruit fool here of couse).
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And of course, there is also Juanita Banana:
Caro Nomenever sounded so good…
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I will never eat another banana without remembering Juanita! maravillosa!
Kind of the way he changes the Hawaiian reference to Sicilian
Provided they don’t attract raspberries or rotten tomatoes.
Not to mention fruit flies.
Na, it’s probably about her singing for NATO and the Queen of England.
Love the hat.
There’s no link, perhaps for a reason, but I’m assuming the press release is about her upcoming HBO special masterclass or perhaps her being the only American to perform in the Queen’s Jubilee Concert?
Here’s the Masterclass trailer:
I’m thrilled that opera singing actually is getting some attention on a major US network.
The Jubilee concert is listed as being shown on ABC in the US on June 5 and live the night before in the UK/Commonwealth.
Trying the HBO trailer again.
This actually looks interesting…thanks for sharing Bosah :-)
You’re welcome! :)
Kiri must be seething!
Yup, good point. Fleming’s inclusion actually is surprising. She’s the only classical singer and the only American. Quite a get for La Fleming.
Well, let’s face it, when you’re hiring an American classical musician its Renee or Yo-Yo.
Yes, probably, but I doubt somebody said,
“Hey, we need an American classical singer,” and then looked around. Especially given that the concert is generally pop/rock and she was a later addition. They hired her for a reason. It’ll be interesting to see what she sings.
It was noted in the UK press that no UK singer was hired to sing before the queen.
Doesn’t that Queen like British singers?
Actually, yes, it is a little surprising a UK or Commonwealth singer is not used in this instance. I mean, what if a foreign born person had sung at Obama’s inauguration, e.g.? How would that have settled with John Q. Public???
Well, there are UK/Commonwealth singers -- three hours worth of them. Just not classical singers.
Renee has sung often in the UK and I remember being struck when she sang at the Last Night of the Proms that they referred to her several times as “our American soprano.” She actually may be the only current, native English-speaking soprano well known in all of the countries of the Commonwealth.
I know Renee’s success is generally downplayed, mocked or ignored by contributors here, but she does have a huge reach. I’ve always found it funny that she’s so embraced by “foreign” media (inc blogs) but not in the US -- the country she represents while she’s being praised internationally.
By the way, here is the website for the Young Arts foundation, which is producing the series on HBO: http://www.youngarts.org/youngarts-masterclass
and they also have a FB page that could use some likes to show support for continuing the series with other artists and students… http://www.facebook.com/YoungArtsNFAA
Carmelita Pope is not just one of opera’s most celebrated sopranos, but perhaps its most convincing actress. A consummate artist, her one and only role when she stands in the spotlight is to breathe so much life into the opera’s main character that audiences lose themselves in her unforgettable performances. That is the passion of Carmelita Pope.
Who ever is Carmelita Pope? I love her name.
Are you attending tonight’s Salomé?
Carmelita Pope is in the Rula Lenska genre of “celebrity”. (Rula in the US was a complete unknown when she began her ad campaign- I know she has a UK career.) She was a replacement Stella on B’way in the original STREETCAR production; much, much later, in my television infancy she was a spokeswoman on TV for Pam, the cooking spray.
Her other b’way credit; MAID OF THE OZARKS (1946).
Missed the SALOME, helas.
Here is Carmelita Pope in the actual 70’s era Pam commercial at 2:36 in:
That was fun, thanks! I had completely forgotten Eastern Airlines, the Wings of Man.
With a name like Carmelita Pope she should have been spraying extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil.
Yes, I know I am off topic but I could not resist to pass on this charming picture :)
The Bourvil video is truly truly strange but fun! Despitenhime being a comedic actor the whole thing is somewhat creepy!!!!
Thanks to you and Manou for the Bourvil reminders. Somehow always get these one word artists muddled up -- Bourvil, Fernandel, Cantinflas -- but there’s plenty fun to be had there. The Alagna album (tribute to Luis Mariano) is possibly my biggest guilty pleasure, especially the Mexico yodelling song and the absolutely relentless C’Est Magnifique.
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