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  • Flora del Rio Grande: I, too, wish Mme Goerke well — she deserves success after a lot of hard work. But I am not buying her top... 1:18 AM
  • Vergin Vezzosa: @Sanford et al. – speaking of murdering, how about Isabel Leonard in the Cenerentola finale? I have only seen her... 12:28 AM
  • CwbyLA: Costello aged a bit and he indeed looked very handsome. He sounded great, too. Also surprised how great Fleming sounded. 10:47 PM
  • la vociaccia: Missed the first hour. Sierra and Costello are night and day. Her voice is incredibly phonogenic and his has no glow... 10:45 PM
  • diva2themax: lo Angela always errs on the side of too much. She needed to wear huge diamond studs not those oval hoops, no necklace&... 10:38 PM
  • jacobelli: I don’t understand why the Tucker Foundation included Bocelli in this year’s gala. What’s the point? It... 10:08 PM
  • Sanford: Watching the Tucker gala. Beczala sounded awful. Bocelli murdered Edgardo, and Costello looks gorgeous in his double breasted... 9:34 PM
  • Orlando Furioso: When I download it, it’s about an hour and 10 minutes (about half the duration of the opera) and stops in the... 9:32 PM

A star is reborn

Let’s start with some refreshing news:  ”Poèmes” is the finest thing Renée Fleming has recorded in many a season.  This is not an obvious vanity project.  A collection of 20th century French orchestral songs in which Ravel’s “Shéhérazade” is the best-known item is probably a marketing executive’s nightmare, even with a soprano as iconic as Fleming.  But the end result is a marvelous showcase for this artist.  Along the way, she shines a spotlight on neglected masters deserving of greater recognition. Read more »