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Subject: Re: The Diva Departs: Renée Fleming’s Farewell to Opera
From: Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 6 Apr 2017 14:01:13 -0400
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"her Mozart Susanna was among the best."

where and when did Fleming sing Susanna in Nozze di Figaro?

On Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 1:46 PM, kurt youngmann <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Several years ago, along with several friends, I saw a video of a Fleming
> / Hvorostovsky concert from Moscow. Fleming sang something from “Trovatore”
> (don’t recall if it was one of the arias or the Leonora / Luna duet). At
> the conclusion I turned to the others in the room and commented that she
> had sung it very beautifully - but that I hoped she’d never sing it or
> anything else that heavy again. My friends agreed. We felt that it was just
> too much for her essentially lyric voice.
>
> I have seen and greatly enjoyed her as Thais, The Marschallin and
> Desdemona (the best, IMO, since Tebaldi) in addition to several other
> roles. Her Susannah in the Floyd opera was remarkable and her Mozart
> Susanna was among the best. Indeed, she’s eminently well suited for much
> Strauss & Mozart. (She was exceptional in “Capriccio.”) Alas, she never
> sang Arabella here in Chicago - our loss.  Her Marguerite was, for me, a
> waste of her talents and Lucrezia Borgia was quite wrong for her. I’m told
> that Imogene was another mistake, as well as Violetta. Her Manon was
> beautifully sung. I saw her Louise in San Francisco and was greatly bored
> by the opera, although she sang quite well. (Jerry Hadley, unfortunately,
> was already in decline by that time).
>
> For me, Fleming is among the great sopranos of recent years.
>
> Kurt Youngmann
>
> > On Apr 6, 2017, at 12:22 PM, tom ponti <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > Price tried to encourage Fleming tp let out her sound more as she
> thought Renee's voice was capable of sounding larger and able to take on
> heavier roles.
>
>
> “ . . . I am a Humanist because I think humanity can, with constant moral
> guidance, create a reasonably decent society. I am terrified of restrictive
> religious doctrine, having learned from history that when men who adhere to
> any form of it are in control, common men like me are in peril. I do not
> believe that pure reason can solve the perceptual problems unless it is
> modified by poetry and art and social vision. So I am a Humanist. And if
> you want to charge me with being the most virulent kind—a secular
> humanist—I accept the accusation.” - James A. Michener
>
>
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