Renée Fleming | Giving Life to Lucrezia

San Francisco Opera Profile

25 January 2012

Giving Life to Lucrezia

Giving Life to Lucrezia

by Roger Pines | Renée Fleming stars as one of Donizetti’s most formidable heroines at San Francisco Opera.

Although today’s opera-going public instantly thinks of renée Fleming as the strauss and Massenet heroine par excellence,  the internationally beloved American soprano has also triumphed repeatedly in the bel canto reper- tory—a style of singing from seventeeth and eighteenth-century Italy stressing ease,  purity,  and evenness of tone production and a lithe and precise vocal technique. In the course of her career,  Fleming has starred in Rossini’s Armida and Il Viaggio a Reims; Bellini’s La Sonnambula, La Straniera, and Il Pirata; and Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, Maria Padilla, and, for a recording, Rosmonda d’Inghilterra. Armida (Pesaro Festival production) was her first opera cd,  and she won the first of her three Grammys for her album entitled Bel Canto.

Speaking by phone in new York immediately following nearly two months of performances in europe, Fleming discussed her association with San Francisco Opera and the title role of Lucrezia Borgia. This opera, her eighth with the company, will exhibit Fleming’s prowess in bel canto to San Francisco audiences for the first time.

Read article