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Filling in

Rambunctious Renée Fleming will take a two-month hiatus from her pie-juggling duties in Broadway’s Carousel starting September 4. While America’s Diva is off singing gala concerts from Mobile to East Lansing, who will take over the role of Nettie Fowler? Read more »

Soreness and burning

“Ms. Fleming, 58, and Ms. Dessay, 52, faced the same problem over the past decade or so.” [New York Times]

‘Ja, ja’ land

With today’s conclusion of a selected Rosenkavalier video overview in three parts, we leave behind the Vienna of the 1740s, the time of breeches, fans and white wigs. All three of the remaining performances reflect a modern trend toward setting Rosenkavalier in a less distant era, that of the opera’s premiere or a decade or two thereafter.  Read more »

L’ambigua

All right, so Renée Fleming says she’s not retiring from opera at the moment, and who should know better than she herself?

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Today or tomorrow or the day after that

“Time is a strange thing,” the lady observes, to a young man who cannot begin to understand what she is talking about.

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She’s doing her own little thing

“She wanted to be Beyoncé. She still does”

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She has immortal longings in her

All right, folks, if you’re going to troll La Cieca, you might try just a little subtlety.

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The sprite in you

Today’s Rusalka video overview covers filmed performances of Dvorák’s opera since 2010.

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