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The New York Times

27 January 2012

People’s Diva Sets Her Course

People’s Diva Sets Her Course

By ANTHONY TOMMASINI | View PDF

During a stretch of several months in 2010 the soprano Renée Fleming made what looked to be some startling shifts in her lustrous career.

First, that spring, she released an indie-rock recording, “Dark Hope.” This was no mere crossover project, she insisted, but an attempt to visit a “parallel universe” of pop music, as she put it in the album’s booklet notes.

Then, that fall, she parted ways, amicably from all reports, with her longtime publicist, Mary Lou Falcone, a respected veteran in the field. In interviews Ms. Fleming said that she would probably sing fewer staged opera productions in favor of concerts and develop special projects, largely organizing them herself.

Finally, in December, she accepted a five-year appointment as the first creative consultant at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, telling The New York Times that she wanted to have a deeper impact on opera than just performing. “What can I do to make it better and relevant and sustainable?” she said. “Maybe nothing, but I’d love to try.

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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.

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NJ Star-Ledger

22 January 2012

New roles, and teenage daughters, keep soprano Renee Fleming on a learning curve

New roles, and teenage daughters, keep soprano Renee Fleming on a learning curve

In opera — as with any island of the arts — there are popular pleasures as well as buried treasures.

For more than 20 years, soprano Renée Fleming has been an ideal tour guide to both the familiar and the obscure for audiences around the world.

“I like to learn new things all the time,” says Fleming in a phone interview.

“It kind of drives me crazy, but it also keeps life interesting.”

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Klassik Akzente

10 January 2012

Im Februar erste Deutschland-Konzerte von Renée Fleming in 2012

Im Februar erste Deutschland-Konzerte von Renée Fleming in 2012

Renée Fleming beginnt ihre Konzertaktivitäten in Deutschland 2012 mit einem Einsatz für die gute Sache. Im Rahmen einer Benefiz-Gala zugunsten des Neubauprojekts CampusOne der Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe wird die Starsopranistin am 5. Februar in Begleitung von Hochschulrektor und Pianist Hartmut Höll auf Schloss Gottesaue musikalische Leckerbissen präsentieren, während sich Sterneköche wie Armin Röttele, Lea Linster und Sören Anders des leiblichen Wohls der Gäste annehmen und ein Lichtkünstler und ein Meisterflorist für den gelungenen optischen Rahmen sorgen. Der Bau des neuen Campus' rund um das Schloss wird zwar vom Land Baden-Württemberg großzügig gefördert, beträchtliche Kosten für die Erstausstattung nach der geplanten Fertigstellung Mitte 2012 muss die Hochschule jedoch selbst aufbringen. 

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Chicago Tribune

16 November 2011

On wings of (cyber) song: Renee Fleming conducts a Web master class for Merit voice majors

On wings of (cyber) song: Renee Fleming conducts a Web master class for Merit voice majors

By John von Rhein

Like every young marriage, that of Lyric Opera of Chicago and Chicago's Merit School of Music has a few kinks to be worked out before it can deepen and develop.

Last weekend, Internet gremlins did their best to quite literally crash soprano Renee Fleming's first master class with selected voice students of Merit's advanced program, the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory, a brave new venture facilitated by the Web video service Skype.

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NY Daily News

12 November 2011

Diva Renee Fleming on 'Rodelinda' at the Met

Diva Renee Fleming on 'Rodelinda' at the Met

Renee Fleming revisits her triumphant take on Handel’s “Rodelinda” Monday night at the Metropolitan Opera, where she’s sung 21 roles in 20 years. 

That’s one busy diva.

Not that this upper West Side soprano who’s been called opera’s golden girl has been keeping track.

“It would so surprise me if it was that many, but it could well be,” she says. “I rarely count anything. But ... 21 ... really?”

Really.

It’s a week before opening night and at the moment Fleming is taking 5 — well, 30. She’s dressed casually in a black blouse and long skirt that hides a soft brace wrapped around an inflamed left knee.

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