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How opera singer Renée Fleming made an album of pop covers

28 March 2010

How opera singer Renée Fleming made an album of pop covers

Jamie-James Medina | guardian.co.uk
From Mozart to the Mars Volta: opera star Renee Fleming tells Jamie-James Medina about her new covers album, featuring songs by Arcade Fire, Willy Mason and Death Cab for Cutie

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The Soprano and Her Suitcase

26 March 2010

The Soprano and Her Suitcase

What and how does a diva pack for an extended tour on the road? Renée Fleming lets us take a look inside her luggage.

By Jeryl Brunner
Renée Fleming is not your run-of-the-mill opera star. Once you have raided your music store's classical section for Giacomo Puccini, Richard Strauss and Pyotr (Peter) Ilyich Tchaikovsky, don't leave...

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Renée Fleming visits a “new universe” with Dark Hope

25 February 2010

Renée Fleming visits a “new universe” with <em>Dark Hope</em>

Renée Fleming's new album 'Dark Hope', which the opera star describes as a "visit to a new, parallel universe," will be released by Decca this spring. The album was recorded in close collaboration with producer David Kahne (Regina Spektor, The Strokes, The Bangles, Sublime, and countless others) in New York City, and features a diverse and adventurous track listing of songs.

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Dark Hope Q&A with Renée Fleming

24 February 2010

Renée Fleming recently sat down to discuss her upcoming album.

Tell me about the album title, “Dark Hope.”

We discussed many potential album titles.  Throughout the recording process, David Kahne and I had long conversations about the meaning of the song lyrics and the concept behind this project.  He felt that the songs represent two opposing viewpoints: one of youthful ardor and the fight against establishment, and the other a more mature perspective of someone who has already experienced life.  So what is “Dark Hope”?  We know that hope is light, something positive.  Dark we associate with the opposite.  So “Dark Hope” is an outlook of maturity, of someone who's really lived, and been through it all, and who says to the young, angry person, “You have to stay hopeful, you have to stay positive.”  I love the title, because it’s a paradox.  It immediately makes you think.

Tell me about the album title, “Dark Hope.”

 

We discussed many potential album titles.  Throughout the recording process, David Kahne and I had long conversations about the meaning of the song lyrics and the concept behind this project.  He felt that the songs represent two opposing viewpoints: one of youthful ardor and the fight against establishment, and the other a more mature perspective of someone who has already experienced life.  So what is “Dark Hope”?  We know that hope is light, something positive.  Dark we associate with the opposite.  So “Dark Hope” is an outlook of maturity, of someone who's really lived, and been through it all, and who says to the young, angry person, “You have to stay hopeful, you have to stay positive.”  I love the title, because it’s a paradox.  It immediately makes you think.

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Renée Fleming wins a GRAMMY for “Verismo”

3 February 2010

Renée Fleming wins a GRAMMY for “Verismo”

Renée Fleming’s latest Decca solo album, "Verismo" has won the artist her third Grammy®. "Verismo" contains arias by Puccini and his contemporaries, with Marco Armiliato conducting the Coro e Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, and superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann joining Fleming for the ensemble "Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso" from La Rondine. The album was named "Best Classical Vocal Performance" at Sunday’s internationally telecast awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

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Thaïs DVD released

29 January 2010

Thaïs DVD released

Renée Fleming stars in the Metropolitan Opera's first staging of Thaïs for 30 years. Her ravishing assumption of the title role plays opposite the great American baritone, Thomas Hampson.

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