Strike while the irony is hot

At last the future plans of America’s Most Beloved Semi-Retired People’s Diva have been revealed! Renée Fleming (right) will return to the Metropolitan Opera in 2019 for the world premiere of an opera with libretto by Mark Adamo and music by Jake Heggie

The new piece, still untitled, is based on the FX series Feud, and will feature Fleming as “Bette Davis.” She is pictured here with her collaborators in the venture, mezzo Elina Garanca (“Joan Crawford”) and stage director Robert Carsen, who will play the non-singing role of “Mamacita.”