“Each year seems to bring a fresh height for Fleming. Not since the sunny days of Beverly Sills has an American opera singer enjoyed so much popularity. And not since the brief, heady reign of Maria Callas has a soprano provided so much glamour to go with all the vocal appeal.” Tim Smith, in the Baltimore Sun.

UPDATE:  Since one of La Cieca’s best-known qualities is her utter inability to let bygones be bygones, she should not feel this posting would be complete without a reference to that much-discussed moment in La Fleming’s career, her “controversial” Milan interpretation of the eponymous poisoness in Lucrezia Borgia.

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