Renée Fleming - Kudos

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, October 2, 2010

St. Louis Post Dispatch October 4, 2010

“She came, she sang, she conquered: Soprano Renée Fleming triumphed at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra gala concert on Saturday night at Powell Hall. Fleming has presence and glamour (enhanced by her spectacular form-fitting strapless violet dress, with a floor-sweeping black tulle stole, diamond necklace and big hair), and made the audience feel like old friends. Most of all, she was in excellent voice…She sang ["Song to the Moon," from Dvorák's opera Rusalka] ravishingly, her voice like rose gold… her final number, "O mio babbino caro," from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, was sung flawlessly, and made the perfect ending to the evening." 

-Sarah Bryan Miller

Winston-Salem Orchestra, September 27, 2010

Winston Salem Journal September 28, 2010

"Last night, singer Renee Fleming joined the club, showcasing her superb soprano in the symphony’s season-opening concert before a large and enthusiastic crowd in Reynolds Auditorium…When Fleming performs, nothing seems beyond her reach in technical or musical terms. The sound always remains warm, felicitous and inviting, no matter how varied the material becomes. The effect she creates is always right on: heartbreakingly beautiful poignancy in “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen,” one of Mahler’s Rueckert Lieder, or thrilling power in an aria from Smetana’s Dalibor. Of course, everyone loves Puccini’s Boheme. But it was nice that Fleming reminded us how charming and humorous some of Leoncavallo’s Boheme numbers can be. Especially moving was Kander’s setting of a letter that Sullivan Ballou, a Union soldier, wrote to his wife a week before he died in battle during the Civil War.  Fleming spoke and sang the words of the letter as if Sarah, Ballou’s wife, were reading them for the first time.”

-Ken Keuffel

Last Night of the Proms, September 2010

The Telegraph, September 12, 2010

One of the two star guests alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jiri Belohlavek was soprano Renee Fleming, and she provided the most ravishing vocal sounds I've heard in the Albert Hall these past two months.

Looking resplendent in a purple power frock designed by Vivienne Westwood, she nailed the emotional heart of Strauss's songs in a way that stilled the waving flags and brought total silence to the packed hall.

Later she found a different tone, defiant and burnished, in an aria from Smetana's Dalibor, and yet another, a dreamy and innocent tone, for Dvorak's Song to the Moon from Rusalka.

Finally - now with her outfit topped with a frivolous quasi-naval hat and waving a dinky Stars and Stripes - she took Arne's Rule Britannia and made it into a vehicle for some brilliant vocal display. She truly is a complete singer, and right now must surely be in a class of her own.

- Ivan Hewett

 

The Independent, September 13, 2010

So what could the Last Night come up with to top the night before? Well, soprano  Renee Fleming’s sensational Vivienne Westwood frock for starters. The Last Night usually boasts at least one musical superstar but rarely has the sound so perfectly reflected the attire. Fleming began with five orchestral songs by Strauss and if one had to choose a colour for this music, lustrous amethyst would do nicely. These songs are such a good fit for Fleming and her performances were full of illicit enticements... She sang the Dvorak with an indulgence befitting a Last Night, holding the high B “money note” at the close as if attempting to carry us through to next season. Oh, and she wore the embellishments of Rule, Britannia! like expensive accessories.

- Edward Seckerson

 

Financial Times, September 12, 2010

On Saturday, the Last Night of the Proms justifiably celebrated the record-breaking season. A star singer is crucial these days and this year it was the turn of Renée Fleming to deliver the glamour quota. This she did in Vivienne Westwood regal purple, soaring softly through a group of Strauss songs and turning “Rule, Britannia!” into a highly decorated showpiece

- Richard Fairman

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