Cher Public

And I am telling you I’m not going

“I never said that I was stepping away from the opera stage for good. Never, never, never did I say that to anybody. . . . I think it misleads people … They sort of imagine that I’m an opera singer and I’m now retiring. So I just want to make sure that gets cleared up.” [Philadelphia Public Radio]

I don’t know why I’m frightened

renee-sunset“Norma non mente!”

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. ‘It was tough, especially as I was going through a divorce at the same time’.” [The Telegraph]

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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Jersey girl

One has “made it” when one is gently lampooned by that edgiest of all late-night funnymen, Jay Leno.

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Fire and music

“In her first role in a play, Ms. Fleming will make her debut at the [Williamstown Theater Festival] in Living on Love…”

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Drama queen

The very first words in this issue are “Renata Scotto will return to the American operatic stage in the 2001 season!”

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Oh say can you view

“Tune in to ABC… at 11:00 am EST, when Renée joins the ladies of The View and guest co-host Jay Mohr to talk about her upcoming performance of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.”

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