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Opera Star Fleming Sets out on "Dark" Adventure

19 April 2010

Opera Star Fleming Sets out on | By Kerri Mason

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Opera superstar Renee Fleming's favorite piece on "Dark Hope," her new album, features unusual, almost Gregorian chant-like harmonies. In fact, she describes the song as "vocally the rangiest piece we did; the text is so enigmatic and strange."

But the song in question isn't an aria from a forgotten opera or a long-lost baroque oratorio. It's "With Twilight as My Guide," a bit of dark ambience from progressive-rock band the Mars Volta. And along with songs by Death Cab for Cutie, Muse, Arcade Fire and six other decidedly nonclassical acts, the album is an adventurous, mold-shattering project from arguably the world's greatest living soprano.

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Night Magic

16 April 2010

Night Magic

Women's Wear Daily, April 14, 2010

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For the last few seasons, Yves Saint Laurent and the Metropolitan Opera have enjoyed a nice, symbiotic relationship...On Monday night, the French design house sponsored the gala premiere for the third time.

Chloe Sevigny, Ginnifer Goodwin, Emily Mortimer and Maggie Gyllenhaal came as guests of the brand, and saw a performance of “Armida,” an 1817 opera about an irresistible and manipulative sorceress being performed at the Met for the first time.

“In opera speak, this is the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest, not only singing the role but producing the opera because it’s so long and so difficult,” said Renée Fleming, who starred in the almost four hour performance.

The soprano was a big draw for several celebs. “I don't know anything about the opera,” said Goodwin. “But I can tell you I love the sound of Renée Fleming’s voice.” “I’m not the most versed on opera,” echoed Patricia Clarkson, “but I do know I’m going to see Renée Fleming and that makes me so happy I can't tell you.”


Aria on the Future

15 April 2010

Aria on the Future

Wall Street Journal

It's been years since Renée Fleming etched an indelible imprint on the hearts and minds of opera-lovers and became "the people's diva." With her celestial soprano voice, glamorous beauty and even temper, she's perpetually in demand.

This season, she soloed on the opening night of both the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. "Verismo," her recording of arias by Puccini and his 19th-century contemporaries, won a Grammy in February. At her home base, the Metropolitan Opera, she starred in "Der Rosenkavalier" last fall, and is playing the vengeful sorceress in a new production of "Armida" that began Monday night. In between, there was a 17-city concert tour through Europe and North America.


Renée Fleming headlines Armida at the Met

13 April 2010

Renée Fleming headlines <i>Armida</i> at the Met

See photos from last night's historic performance of Armida, the first-ever performance of Rossini's 1817 opera to be staged at the Met.

Photo: Dusan Reljin

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Renée Fleming gives back to South African School

12 April 2010

The KZN Philharmonic, on behalf of Renée Fleming and her family, will donate two new computers to the pupils of Addington Primary School in Durban on Tuesday, April 13.  The handover will be followed by an education concert performed by the orchestra.  The gift of the computers came to bear following the highly successful Renée Fleming / KZN Philharmonic SA tour in 2009 which included a master class and a school visit in addition to the three countrywide concerts. 

Ms Fleming’s own interest in education, coupled with the orchestra’s own successful and long-running education and development programme, resulted in the addition of the master class and school visit to the tour’s itinerary. Addington Primary is a public school with around 1400 pupils mostly from disadvantaged communities.

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"Endlessly" now available on iTunes!

30 March 2010

Big news!  Today you can hear "Endlessly," the first single from Renée's new album Dark Hope.

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