Renée Fleming | Soprano all sexed up: Critics are praising opera singer Renee Fleming's rock album 'Dark Hope'

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30 July 2010

Soprano all sexed up: Critics are praising opera singer Renee Fleming's rock album 'Dark Hope'

Soprano all sexed up: Critics are praising opera singer Renee Fleming's rock album 'Dark Hope'

By Jane Ridley

It was a huge gamble when Manhattan's Renee Fleming, 51, arguably the world's most famous female opera singer, announced she was recording a rock collection called "Dark Hope."

The three-time Emmy-winning soprano and Metropolitan Opera House darling sexed up her image - check out those bangs on the album cover! - and dialed down her voice to a tenor for the departure from classical music.

It paid off. The critics are raving about the new album - which includes covers of bands ranging from Jefferson Airplane and Tears for Fears to Arcade Fire, the Mars Volta and Muse - and, perhaps more importantly, so are her teenage daughters.

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