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January 7, 1996 | Martin Bernheimer
Renee Fleming is a lirico-spinto soprano--the real, rare thing. She may still lack the vocal weight of a dramatic soprano, and she outgrew the simpering duties of a soubrette long ago. She specializes in the in-between roles--challenges that require power modified by finesse, challenges predicated on long, arching lines traced in gleaming tones that can be filed down to a pianissimo shimmer. The Met honored her this season with a coveted opening-night assignment: Desdemona in Verdi's "Otello" opposite Placido Domingo.
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February 3, 2014 | By David Ng
The Seattle Seahawks took home the Super Bowl championship on Sunday, roundly beating the Denver Broncos, 43-8. Another big winner for the evening was operatic soprano Renée Fleming, whose near flawless rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" provided a rousing start to pro football's biggest night.  Fleming, wearing a black dress with a white wrap, sang the national anthem to a recording provided by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, with a...
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January 21, 2014 | By David Ng
Before the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks at this year's Super Bowl, they will be serenaded by soprano Renée Fleming in a performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner. " Fleming has been tapped to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, set for Feb. 2 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. A publicist for the soprano said it hasn't been determined yet if Fleming will be accompanied by musicians. The Super Bowl is to be broadcast on Fox, with kickoff time scheduled for 3:30 p.m. PST. PHOTOS: LA Opera through the years Fleming joins a long list of performers -- mostly pop stars, including Alicia Keys last year -- to have sung the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
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January 29, 2014 | By David Ng
When soprano Renée Fleming takes to MetLife  Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl, she will sing to music performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. But the accompaniment will be a recording, not a live orchestral performance. The New Jersey Symphony confirmed Wednesday that it will provide a recording of "The Star-Spangled Banner" that will play as Fleming performs before the game. The soprano also will be joined by a 32-voice group from military choruses and choirs, according to a Wednesday report in the New York Times.
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January 29, 2014 | By David Ng
When soprano Renée Fleming takes to MetLife  Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl, she will sing to music performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. But the accompaniment will be a recording, not a live orchestral performance. The New Jersey Symphony confirmed Wednesday that it will provide a recording of "The Star-Spangled Banner" that will play as Fleming performs before the game. The soprano also will be joined by a 32-voice group from military choruses and choirs, according to a Wednesday report in the New York Times.
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May 24, 2012 | Ed Stockly
"The View" 10 a.m. Thursday, ABC: performance from “Jesus Christ Superstar.” “Open Call” 9 p.m. Thursday, KCET: Fine Cut Festival of Student Films: Hosted by mezzo-soprano opera singer Suzanna Guzman, “Goat Rodeo Live: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile” 10 p.m. Friday, KOCE: The four string virtuosos combine bluegrass and classical music at a concert at Boston's House of Blues. “Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions” 5:30 p.m. Saturday, KLCS: The Great Rivers of Europe: Cologne to Zell: A museum dedicated to mechanical musical instruments; Lorelei Rock; the city of Zell.
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June 6, 2010 | By Kevin Berger, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's safe to say that if Renee Fleming appeared on "American Idol" and sang "Hallelujah," the Leonard Cohen song immortalized by Jeff Buckley, and a favorite of "Idol" contestants, judges Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi would not say she is "pitchy." "Thank you!" exclaimed the opera star, laughing. Dialing down her soprano to a tenor, Fleming sings a tender version of "Hallelujah" on her surprising new album, "Dark Hope," a set of rock songs by artists including the Arcade Fire, Band of Horses and Death Cab for Cutie.
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September 26, 2013 | By David Ng
Renée Fleming lent her lush soprano voice to CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" on Wednesday night, singing a humorous rendition of the show's Top 10 list.  Fleming was on hand to plug her latest album, "Guilty Pleasures," which features an assortment of operatic works as well as popular and rarely heard songs.  The category of Wednesday's Top 10 list was operatic lyrics, though the tunes Fleming performed were spoofs of popular arias....
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February 26, 2002 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The gifted and magnetic Renee Fleming gave her second recital at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Sunday night, this one under the auspices of Los Angeles Opera, and thrilled a hall full of enthusiastic fans. Her program was varied, and she had strong support from pianist Richard Bado. The American soprano charmed with singing that is expressive and often beautiful, limpidly phrased and cannily communicative.
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May 21, 2000 | CHRIS PASLES
This is an intoxicating recording of Handel's endlessly inventive and complex opera, captured live in Robert Carsen's enchanting production as it ravished Paris last summer. Lucky Chicago saw it early this year. Every superlative is warranted. The singers sweep all before them. Fleming is a creamy Alcina. Graham, a heroic Ruggiero. Kathleen Kuhlmann, a steadfast Bradamante. Timothy Robinson, a devoted Oronte. Juanita Lascarro, a touching Oberto.
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January 21, 2014 | By David Ng
Before the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks at this year's Super Bowl, they will be serenaded by soprano Renée Fleming in a performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner. " Fleming has been tapped to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, set for Feb. 2 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. A publicist for the soprano said it hasn't been determined yet if Fleming will be accompanied by musicians. The Super Bowl is to be broadcast on Fox, with kickoff time scheduled for 3:30 p.m. PST. PHOTOS: LA Opera through the years Fleming joins a long list of performers -- mostly pop stars, including Alicia Keys last year -- to have sung the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
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September 26, 2013 | By David Ng
Renée Fleming lent her lush soprano voice to CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" on Wednesday night, singing a humorous rendition of the show's Top 10 list.  Fleming was on hand to plug her latest album, "Guilty Pleasures," which features an assortment of operatic works as well as popular and rarely heard songs.  The category of Wednesday's Top 10 list was operatic lyrics, though the tunes Fleming performed were spoofs of popular arias....
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July 8, 2013 | By David Ng
President Obama is to present the National Medal of Arts to 12 recipients during a White House ceremony scheduled for Wednesday. Among the winners for 2012 are artist Ellsworth Kelly, soprano Renee Fleming, playwright Tony Kushner and Los Angeles musician and arts philanthropist Herb Alpert. In addition, Obama is expected to award the National Humanities Medal to 12 others, including theater artist Anna Deavere Smith and photographer Camilo Jose Vergara. Wednesday's ceremony is to take place in the East Room of the White House, with the president accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama.  PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage Kelly was the subject of an exhibition that ran at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art last year.
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May 24, 2012 | Ed Stockly
"The View" 10 a.m. Thursday, ABC: performance from “Jesus Christ Superstar.” “Open Call” 9 p.m. Thursday, KCET: Fine Cut Festival of Student Films: Hosted by mezzo-soprano opera singer Suzanna Guzman, “Goat Rodeo Live: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile” 10 p.m. Friday, KOCE: The four string virtuosos combine bluegrass and classical music at a concert at Boston's House of Blues. “Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions” 5:30 p.m. Saturday, KLCS: The Great Rivers of Europe: Cologne to Zell: A museum dedicated to mechanical musical instruments; Lorelei Rock; the city of Zell.
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June 6, 2010 | By Kevin Berger, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's safe to say that if Renee Fleming appeared on "American Idol" and sang "Hallelujah," the Leonard Cohen song immortalized by Jeff Buckley, and a favorite of "Idol" contestants, judges Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi would not say she is "pitchy." "Thank you!" exclaimed the opera star, laughing. Dialing down her soprano to a tenor, Fleming sings a tender version of "Hallelujah" on her surprising new album, "Dark Hope," a set of rock songs by artists including the Arcade Fire, Band of Horses and Death Cab for Cutie.
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February 19, 2009 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
If Reprise Theatre Company can dust off the musty 1965 musical "Man of La Mancha," as it did last weekend at UCLA, then surely reviving a gracious, spiritual operatic representation of the Don from a century ago is a possible dream. Score one for San Diego Opera, which unveiled a new production of Massenet's neglected "Don Quixote" on Saturday in the city's Civic Theatre. I saw the second performance Tuesday night. If we are having a Massenet moment right now, it is singer-driven. Los Angeles Opera mounted a sexy "Manon" two seasons ago for Anna Netrebko.
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December 13, 1998 | Mark Swed
Ever so slowly working its way beyond the fringe, Dvorak's best-known opera arrives in its first stellar recording. Fleming's growing celebrity and Heppner's reputation as the heldentenor of choice will likely draw a whole new audience for this sentimental fairy tale of a water sprite longing for human love. "Rusalka" is best known for the exquisite soprano aria "Song to the Moon," which Fleming sings with splendid surety.
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January 31, 1996 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
The opera presented by the mighty Metropolitan on PBS tonight at 8 is Verdi's "Otello." The gentleman in the treacherous title role is very famous and, within his natural limitations, very good. But in this instance, the vehicle should have been called "Desdemona." It isn't that Renee Fleming, the wifely soprano in question, outclasses her vaunted partner, Placido Domingo. It's just that Fleming is virtually perfect in a part that could have been written with her specific gifts in mind.
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September 8, 2006 | Donna Perlmutter, Special to The Times
She sauntered onstage, moving coquettishly among her party guests, pale brown curls trailing onto her neck, sumptuous silk frock billowing. She locked eyes with her beloved. Moments later, he was gone, along with the other revelers. So were her smiles. She leaned against a doorpost, lost in melancholy, ruminating on her life. Did she dare let love in? Could a glittery courtesan indulge such emotions? "Follie! Follie!" -- It's crazy! -- she sang in a heated outburst.
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January 17, 2005 | Richard S. Ginell, Special to The Times
Renee Fleming aims to please. But the reigning American diva has arrived at the point where she doesn't have to work very hard to please a packed house of devotees primed to applaud even if she sings the proverbial phone book. Yet while Fleming's Los Angeles Opera-sponsored recital at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday night was obviously a love-in, she didn't take the easy route -- say, the usual soprano's "greatest hits" -- to bring it on.
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