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 »
On Saturday I attended the premiere performance of a new production of Ariadne auf Naxos at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, Germany. It was Renée Fleming’s debut in the title role, and this three-performance run is the only plan she currently has to perform it.
I have a high opinion of Fleming, especially in Strauss. There are historical reasons for this, and they begin with a 1995 performance of Rosenkavalier at the Houston Grand Opera, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach and starring Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, and Suzanne Mentzer. It was my first Strauss opera and the first time I had heard any of these singers live. Read more »
Congratulations to America’s Diva Renée Fleming, starring in the world premiere of Henri Dutilleux‘s opera buffa Absolutely Fabulous.
I half-wanted to dislike it; my expectations were very low. Renée Fleming in the Baroque, after her very uncertain recent outings in bel canto! Let’s face it; this year, her Rossini (Armida) and Donizetti (Lucrezia Borgia) did not cover her in glory. How, at this HD relay on December 3, would she cope with Handel’s stitchery, hardly less complex for the voice than that of Rossini?
The Handelian hilarity begins in just half an hour, cher public, so tune in to the Met’s Listen Live page and find your place in the parlor of La Casa della Cieca.
Ever wonder why a free press is the cornerstone of any representative democracy? Wonder no more: “MUSCAT: Renée Fleming is called the People’s Diva for a reason. She doesn’t have any airs, and her engaging charm works its way into the hearts of anyone who sees her sing.” And it only gets more fulsome. [Times of Oman]
“On Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall, the Carnegie Hall Notables—a membership and ticket program for music enthusiasts in their 20s and 30s—will host Love Letters, a performance of contemporary American playwright A. R. Gurney’s work. Celebrated soprano Renée Fleming and award-winning actor Alec Baldwin will perform the piece as directed by Mark Lamos with executive producer Susan Q. Gallin. After the exclusive event, the Notables will gather at Providence for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, with music by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky.”