Renée Fleming’s Dark Hope

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Soprano Renée Fleming is a certified opera star.  She made her debut at the Met nearly two decades ago, sung in virtually every great opera house around the world and made dozens of recordings, including complete operas, aria collections, and even some light jazz.

But her latest cd, Dark Hope, falls into the category of “and now, for something completely different”--it’s an album of rock songs from the likes of Muse, Jefferson Airplane, Peter Gabriel and Leonard Cohen. 

Renée Fleming stopped by WQXR to tell Naomi Lewin about her adventures in indie rock--and stayed to talk about other aspects of her career.


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Comments [4]

Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

Renee Fleming's talents and her sincerity in her communicative projection of music and text is a marvel to behold and to hear. She deserves even more recognition and kudos for her exploring new venues for the expression of such an "abbondanza", a cornucopia, of "what's out there." We all love her personality and her art.

Jun. 27 2010 09:50 AM

Renee is a favorite of mine. I'm glad that as her voice becomes 'beyond' mature she has found other avenues. The snippets from "Dark Hope" sound great, but I will always cherish the unique sound of her operatic voice--probably one of two GREAT ones I have heard in my lifetime.

Jun. 24 2010 04:59 PM
grace speare-shapiro from Hartsdale, NY

Renee Fleming's Dark Hope is merely a reminder of a great artist's versatility. She makes us stand in awe of the unique talent she abounds in.
But, I for one, am more profoundly moved when I hear and see her in the role of Tatiana by Onegin, seeing her express and display her natural acting ability that fits the voice to perfection.
That is my preference. Thank you.

Jun. 24 2010 11:27 AM

Sounds wonderful! Hallelujah! WOW! Where is that helpful little icon "to order" so we can all click and buy "Dark Hope." Help!

Jun. 19 2010 04:13 PM

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