Renée Fleming - Kudos

Gala, Royal Opera House Muscat, October 2011

Times of Oman | October 29, 2011

Renée and the Royal Philharmonic

We were promised 'another luminescent evening' at the Royal Opera House Muscat and it came in the form of a lyric soprano voice that enthralled the audience with its bright clarity and sumptuous warmth - matched by a virtuosic orchestra that played with seamless excellence. ... Renée's encore came like a crescendo in a night of superb music. More effortlessly than ever, she sang Puccini’s wonderfully familiar O Mio Babbino Caro (O my Beloved Father), filling the hall for the last time that evening with the richness of her voice. Still standing in ovation, we watched the lovely diva walk off stage in her rose-red satin gown, leaving star dust in her wake.

Lucrezia Borgia, San Francisco Opera, September 2011

San Francisco Weekly | Emily Hilligoss

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The vocal performances, from megastar soprano Renée Fleming on down through the cast's firmament, were irreproachable. ... Fleming sang the title role with tremendous fluency and grace.

-Emily Hilligoss

Millennium Park Concert, Lyric Opera of Chicago, September 2011

Chicago Tribune | September 12, 2011

Passion's in the mantra, music at Lyric sampler

It's a new era and a whole new ballgame at Lyric Opera of Chicago. And passion is Lyric's big pitch. ... You heard it in the singing of the artists sharing the stage, including superstar soprano Renee Fleming, Lyric's creative consultant and resident ambassador for community outreach and education. She radiated diva glamour in an iridescent red silk gown designed by Douglas Hannant. ... Fleming opened the program with a fervent rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone" (from Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Carousel"). ... Comparable authority also marked Fleming's deeply personal accounts of two signature arias, "O mio babbino caro," from Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi," and the Jewel Song from Gounod's "Faust."

-John von Rhein

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