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  • chicagoing: At the risk of appearing to slight Matthew Polenzanni, who was very enthusiastically recevied by a hometown crowd on Saturday... 3:22 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: Shame Leontyne never sang the role at the met 3:05 PM
  • herbinetta: Soooo tempting. I have tix for the Stemme cycle later this month, but would love to see this. 2:43 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Mrs. DS are already making plans for April 2017 trip to Houston Grand Opera (with a side trip to walk on the beach at... 2:08 PM
  • PCally: Price sounds pretty fantastic and unmannered considering this was pretty late in her operatic career. I may even prefer this to... 2:00 PM
  • Betsy_Ann_Bobolink: Well, I think a deliberate attempt was made to lead us astray by referring to the opera as “The Valkyrie,R... 1:58 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Well said, phoenix. I don’t know you, but you must be right, ’cause you so often say what I’ve been... 1:40 PM
  • willym: I’m ashamed to say that as a Canadian it was my second choice. 1:28 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 »