“Marge won’t out like a liar, a-whomping Odawalla Anna Bey!”

Broadway baby Renée Fleming pays tribute to the immortal Leslie “And they’re hockin’ the bejeebers” Uggams in this selection from Carousel. Read more »

You go to my head

“La Pensatrice”

Finally, medical science offers the answer to the conundrum that has baffled opera fans for decades: what was Renée Fleming thinkingRead more »

The fire of artifice

Ms. Fleming silently inhaled and let out the most beautiful and controlled stream of tone I think I may have ever heard.

My mother and I went to see Three billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri a couple weeks back. As we sat, enveloped, in the plush luxury jet seating of our local cinema the film started and the “Beautiful Voice” (© registered trademark) came over the sound system cooing the famous aria from Flotow’s Martha. My mother leaned in and quietly whispered,”Is that Leontyne Price?” to which I replied,”Shhhh!”  Read more »

Renée! F!

I fucking love Renée Fleming.

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And I am telling you I’m not going

“I never said that I was stepping away from the opera stage for good.”

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I don’t know why I’m frightened

“Norma non mente!”

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Se il destassi… no, peloso!

The one glitch was a much-publicised fiasco in the bear-pit of Milan’s La Scala, where in 1998 she was booed after her performance in Donzietti’s Lucrezia Borgia.”

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Just in time for Halloween, Decca Classics has released the trailer for the upcoming CD Renée Fleming: Christmas in New York.

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When I have sung my songs

Soprano Renée Fleming is certainly making the role of the Countess in Richard Strauss’s final opera Capriccio the focus of her late-career years.

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Faces of mirth

La Cieca’s old, old, old friend Dorothy Bishop, recently interviewed in Opera News, brings her “Dozen Divas” show to NYC’s Metropolitan Room April 30 and May 5.  

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