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Hop on pops

Michael Tilson Thomas takes a well-earned break from saving the country.

Carnegie Hall’s season opener last night fetched the usual glitterati, plying New York’s gala elite with champagne flutes and plenteously catered tenderloin and sushi carts in the antechamber to the Perelman Stage. Avez-vous encore faim, madame? For your delectation, might I propose a small wafer of mushroom strudel, some pig in blanket, a dainty amuse-gueule of glazed carrots to tickle the palate? Cheese pinwheel for the monsieur?  Read more »

Divas profundis

Prima donnas Reneé Fleming and Julianne Moore demonstrate the philosophizing skills for which sopranos are famous. [Town and Country]

With one look you’ll know all you need to know

You naysayers out there who are guffawing at Renée Fleming‘s Broadway CD as the diva’s long-anticipated descent into utter camp: hey, be nice! Read more »

Filling in

While America’s Diva is off singing gala concerts from Mobile to East Lansing, who will take over the role of Nettie Fowler?

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Soreness and burning

“Ms. Fleming, 58, and Ms. Dessay, 52, faced the same problem over the past decade or so.”

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‘Ja, ja’ land

We leave behind the Vienna of the 1740s, the time of breeches, fans and white wigs.

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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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