All right, so Renée Fleming says she’s not retiring from opera at the moment, and who should know better than she herself? But can someone please explain why in this interview (right after the jump), less than seven months ago, she seems to imply that, in fact, she is leaving opera behind? 

A person less charitable than La Cieca might be forgiven for harboring the suspicion that the luminous mother of two has been trying to have it both ways, i.e., to whip up the excitement of an operatic farewell, meanwhile indicating that she might just possibly be amenable to being asked for more.