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It might as well be spring

“Tune into PBS on Friday, April 6 at 9:00 pm for a Live From Lincoln Center broadcast as America’s favorite soprano, Renée Fleming, performs at Lincoln Center’s Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. She’ll be joined by Josh Groban and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to perform Samuel Barber’s classic Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Broadway favorites, and songs from her 2010 indie rock album Dark Hope,” says a press release.

Just what I wanted!

La Cieca (pictured, left) celebrated her birthday early this year when she unexpectedly received the perfect gift—the following press release: Read more »

Come in, Ms. Tact

Kiss_kiss_Bang_bang“Before the shoot, I Googled female rock singers like Courtney Love and Patti Smith, everyone I could think of, to check out their image. They all had bangs and this disheveled, unplanned look.” [Daily News]

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La Cieca thrilled with belated birthday gift

“Three-time Grammy winner Rene’e Fleming is beloved by classical and opera fans around the world [ça va sans dire], but the superstar soprano has also earned the admiration of a new generation of singers and songwriters …. “

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L’argent fait sizzle

“Renée Fleming‘s thrilling new album ‘Dark Hope’ (Decca) debuts at #151 today on the Billboard Top 200 chart, with the highest first-week sales of the superstar soprano’s storied career…. The debut follows a performance by Fleming of Muse’s ‘Endlessly’ last week on Good Morning America, and major print and online coverage including two arts cover stories in the New York Times, a cover profile in the LA Times, and interviews with the Wall Street Journal and SPIN online.”

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The never-ending story

Zack Woolfe, shirtless, and Seth Colter Walls take the High Line when deconstructing Dark Hope. [The Awl]

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Darkest before the dawn

The greatest week in the history of show business begins today in preparation for the Drop of That Album here in the USA, at this writing barely 15 hours away. In support of this release, Renée Fleming is making a whirlwind tour of personal appearances, including a command performance last night before President and Mrs. Obama at historic Ford’s Theater. She shared the boards of the venue where the “Great Emancipator” was assassinated with Kelly Clarkson, George Lopez, Lionel Richie, Dick Van Dyke, and cast members from the Ford’s Theatre production of Little Shop of Horrors. Undaunted by this lavishly [...]

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The Beautiful Voice meets the Invisible Hand

Market forces at work in a London music shop.

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Not with bangs, but a whimper

This cheerful mug is an image from the trailer for La Scoopenda‘s laff-riot CD I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell or whatever it’s called. Video (which incidentally serves as an elegant proof of Dr. Repertoire’s Seventh Rule for Stage Directors) after the jump.

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The hits just keep on coming

… and the hope gets darker and darker as La Scoopenda performs Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah.”

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