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Plying her trade

“Renowned soprano Renée Fleming demonstrates how she can treat a song like a mini-opera.”

Header photo: Andrew Eccles

70 comments

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    The videos on the Rysanek collection on Youtube have some wonderful photos of Leonie, even though the audio tracks are well known.




    I wish someone could find the Fidelio she did at La Scala in the 1970s, which has never been in circulation.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

  • Cicciabella says:

    From the New Year’s concert at the Semperoper in Dresden:

    • Porgy Amor says:

      Klaus Florian Vogt’s English is excellent.

      • tiger1dk says:

        While Mr Vogt’s hair is HORRID -- look a bit like a bad copy of Ms Fleming’s… And his timbre is not really interesting -- difficult to imagine him singing the big Wagnerian part (he sounds more like a Basilio/Curzio or, on a good day, a Pedrillo than a Tristan). Well, maybe it is not fair to judge him based on just Tonight.

        • Cocky Kurwenal says:

          Maybe? Do you think?

          • tiger1dk says:

            Well, now I also listened to Ein lied geht um der welt (or whatever his first solo is called). And I stand by my first judgment -- Mr Vogt sounds a bit like the tenors that would sing the second tenor in the EMI Anneliese Rothenberger -- Nicolai Gedda operetta recordings… Similar his stage demeanor. Sorry to be a bit harsh but I am not impressed.

        • oedipe says:

          There is no accounting for tastes: in voices, singing styles, dress styles, hair, sexiness, “bubbles”, you name it…

          One thing I think we can agree on: Vogt’s English is much better than his Italian.

  • Cicciabella says:

    Also:

    And, inevitably:

    P.S. Renée looks gorgeous in emerald green.

  • -Ed. says:

    +3

    I was just teasing, I’m actually quite the Fleming fan. I just bought a ticket to attend her recital next month here in Pittsburgh. I couldn’t resist joining La and her little witticism regarding that tire gown (plying her trade. get it? ply. tire.)
    And I never pass up an opportunity to mock Bjork.