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NYDaily News

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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The Guardian

24 July 2010

Portrait of the artist: Renée Fleming, soprano

Portrait of the artist: Renée Fleming, soprano

Interview by Imogen Tilden

What got you started?
My parents were both high-school music teachers. I consider myself to be still paying off my debt to them.

What was your big breakthrough?
Singing with Georg Solti in London in 1994 was enormously important. As was performing with Plácido Domingo in Otello at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 1995.

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DIE ZEIT

22 July 2010

Renée Fleming: Meine Stimme ist manchmal ein Tyrann

Renée Fleming: Meine Stimme ist manchmal ein Tyrann

By Ralph Geisenhanslüke

Die Sopranistin Renée Fleming träumt oft vom Haareschneiden. Steckt dahinter der Perfektionsdruck, den sie seit Musikhochschultagen spürt?

Es gibt einen Traum, den ich seit mehr als zwanzig Jahren immer wieder träume. Er handelt davon, dass ich mir jeden Tag die Haare schneiden lasse. Seit ich begann, professionell zu singen, kommt dieser Traum immer wieder. Bis heute träume ich manchmal sogar tagsüber davon. Ich nehme an, es hat mit der Anspannung zu tun.

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The New York Times

28 May 2010

Letting Desdemona Rock Out a Little

By Jon Pareles
“THERE’S a part of me you’ll never know,” Renée Fleming sings as she begins her pop album “Dark Hope,” in a voice her opera and lieder fans might not recognize. It’s two octaves below her renowned lyric soprano, with a lushly melancholy tone that’s closer to Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan than to Kathleen Battle or Sarah Brightman.

She revealed that voice in 2005 on “Haunted Heart,” her more-or-less jazz album. That was a collection of sparsely accompanied ballads, carefully sung and ultimately lugubrious (even Stevie Wonder’s “Ma Cherie Amour”). But with that plunge into her lower register, Ms. Fleming began to solve the longtime problems of opera singers’ pop crossovers.

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GOTHAM-MAGAZINE.COM

8 April 2010

High Note

High Note

Adrienne Arsht chats with Renée Fleming about her turn in The Metropolitan Opera’s Armida.

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Rolling Stone

25 February 2010

Opera Star Renée Fleming Takes on Arcade Fire, Death Cab for Cutie on “Dark Hope”

Opera Star Renée Fleming Takes on Arcade Fire, Death Cab for Cutie on “Dark Hope”

by Daniel Kreps
Superstar soprano Renee Fleming is reinterpreting the term “rock opera” this spring with her new album Dark Hope.

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