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Monday, September 29th, 2008
10:22 am - Strauss' Four Last Songs

Did anyone get her newest album? I just wanted to get a conversation going. What did you think of it?

Personally, I think it's incredible. I'm so glad that I bought this CD!

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Thursday, September 18th, 2008
1:02 pm - Check out Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin's new album feat. Renee Fleming!

Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin have teamed up again to create a beautiful album, Amparo.


The album is in stores now and contains songs featuring Joshua Bell, Chris Botti, Renee Fleming and James Taylor.


Check out one of the tracks:



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Friday, January 11th, 2008
12:59 pm - New Renee Fleming and opera forum

Hey, all!  I just started a new forum for my favorite singer, Renee Fleming.  It's called "La Diva Renee" but it's not strictly Renee discussion.  It's pretty much a bunch of everything...opera, broadway, TV, and whatever else anyone wants to talk about.  I'd love for anyone to join cuz I currently have like 2 members lol.  Here's the link:

"La Diva Renee"

current mood: artistic

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Monday, October 16th, 2006
1:43 am - *~*NEW MUSIC*~* From My Junior Recital!!!

Hey everyone! I just got my Junior Recital cd back, and I got four *brand new* recordings up. Please listen to your hearts' content! Also, I would greatly appreciate feedback. Thanks!!!

Jessica Lauren Copland, Soprano

p.s. Don't know where to go? Just click below on my
MySpace Music Page!

(x-posted absolutely EVERYWHERE!)

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Sunday, October 1st, 2006
6:15 pm

Hi everyone! =)

Renée Fleming is going to be singing in the opera Eugene Onegin (by Tchaikovsky, in case you don't know. I didn't XD;; ) at the Metropolitan Opera in February 2007 through early March 2007. She's also going to be giving a concert called A Tribute to Toscanini with the NY Philharmonic on Tues, Jan 16, 2007, 7:30 PM. 

Have you guys heard already? I thought maybe I was early, since I live in NY ;). 

If you want to go, BUY TICKETS NOW! It's going to sell out quickly!!!  

current mood: excited

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Tuesday, September 19th, 2006
12:41 am - For the love of Bel Canto
nivri I'm going to see Renee in concert in Oct. at the Lyric Opera here in Chicago. I've actually never heard her perform live, so I await, eagerly. I love the Opera, and this is my second season as a season subscriber to the Lyric Opera. I just went to this season's opening gala night, with Puccini's Turandot. It was absolutely stunning; highly recommend it.
I'd have to give credit to Maria Callas (of whome Renee is quite fond) for getting me into this crazy world of Opera. I first heard Callas about 4 years ago, downloading stuff from Napster when I was a sophomore in College (back when Napster was hot and free). As a tribute, I've painted a series of Maria Callas portraits. Since I don't want to be frivolous with my selection of subjects, I can't say Renee will be in my paintings, but maybe that could change.

Please visit my blog at ialmonte.blogspot.com as I'd like to share my work with my co-Opera fans. There's not much of a community for young adults (esp men) in their mid 20s who are into Opera as much as I am, so I thought this would be a good way to join, albeit a cyber, community.


current mood: artistic

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Friday, August 11th, 2006
2:08 pm

omg! I recently was informed about Renne Fleming coming to the LAOpera to preform La Triviata with Rolando Villazon~ I'm not a big Rolado fan, but i mean...RENEE!!!!

i was wondering...do they let you take pictures during the opera? omg...that sounds stupid...sorry.

i'm just so excited! My dad said he'll THINK about it and that's kind of a good sign...~ XD

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Tuesday, September 6th, 2005
5:55 pm - See Renee in Gainesville, FL

Hi! My boyfriend bought tickets for Renee's concert on Jan 20th in Gainesville, FL but we want to go to the West Palm Beach, FL show {when I'll be able to attend}.

So, for sale! 2 tickets to the Gainesville, FL performance on Jan 20th 2005 {Friday}. I'm not sure where they are or how much he paid, but we'll charge you however much we paid. Not looking to make a buck, here.

Please comment or e-mail me at rkarden@gmail.com if you're interested and I'll get the specifics {place, price, time}.


current mood: hopeful

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Sunday, March 27th, 2005
4:06 pm - NEWBIE ALERT!!!!!!!! ::giggle:: :o)

Hi everybody!!!

I'm the newest newbie in this joint, so I just wanted to say "hi" to everyone! I'm really glad I found this community! I'm a soprano 1 eager to learn to almost as good as Renee, which most likely won't happen, but I'm trying to get close!!!!!!! haha Well, anywho, like I said, if anyone wants to talk about the power of music or Renee's GORGEOUS singing, just drop me a message in my lj! I love you guys already, becuz I'm sure you all love Renee as much or possibly more than I do, and I idolize her every move, so I'm glad I'm amongst friends here! :o) Talk to you all later! Ciao for now! :o)

much <3 and Grobie hugs (for Josh Groban---I'm also a HARDCORE Grobanite/Grobanoid) ::squee::,


by the way, I'm kind-of.......well, who am i kidding.........I am QUITE the music dork, it's my life, so i hope you guys will be able to tolerate me dorkiness, i'll try to hold back, unless i'm told otherwise by y'all! lots of love! :o)

and also, my ::sporfle:: thing, it's kinda like ::squee:: only dorkier, so sorry bout that..... XD

current mood: dorky

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Wednesday, January 12th, 2005
1:50 pm - Just curious as to what the general consciensous is...

The Bel Canto Album. Discuss(i.e. comment). Wonderful or good or bad or horrible, and why?

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Monday, September 20th, 2004
12:33 am

I bet I’ll open up a can of worms here, but what did everyone think of the Fleming Handel CD?

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Friday, September 17th, 2004
6:50 pm - Hi

Hi Everyone!

Obviously, I'm a Renee Fleming fan or I wouldn't have joined. I discovered Renee's beautiful voice about 5 years ago aimlessly surfing the internet and I've been a fan ever since! I live in boring Arizona though so I haven't gotten that many opportunities to see Renee perform. I saw her in La Traviata in Houston last year and I saw her in recital two years ago in Tucson. I got her autograph and talked to her for about 2 seconds after the concert! (Which was the highlight of my 16th birthday.)

Otherwise, I appreciate opera and like to listen to it, but I'm completely untalented and can't even carry a tune! Bye!


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Saturday, August 28th, 2004
12:57 pm - Can you Handel Renée Fleming?

Check out http://www.renee-fleming.com for details.

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Saturday, July 17th, 2004
2:21 am

Hi everyone, if possible, could you please vote in this poll? Thank you!!!

Cross posted to baroquemusician, broadwaysingers, cingular, collegemusician, fansofaguilera, ljschoolofmusic, musichistory, operasingers, performsupport, reneefleming, rooseveltuniv, song_recital, vocalmajors, and youngperformers.

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Monday, July 12th, 2004
12:23 am

Haydn and his operasCollapse )
(Cross posted to collegemusician, ljschoolofmusic, musichistory, operasingers, performsupport, reneefleming, vocalmajors, youngperformers.)

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Friday, July 9th, 2004
8:51 pm

If you have not already joined, please join ljschoolofmusic because we'd love to have you!

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Tuesday, July 6th, 2004
1:24 pm - Another Renee Fan Joins ... YAY!

Hello everyone! One of my best friends invited me to a Renee Flemming concert, and I was awed ever since. She is SOOOOO AWSOME! I can't wait 'till she's in my area again. As a budding vocalist just starting college, I am inspired to be the best I can be. :)

current mood: cheerful

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Monday, June 21st, 2004
5:52 am

Thought you would enjoy my new community, hopefully it will be the best yet! ljschoolofmusic

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2004
10:04 am - Review: Fleming delivers heavenly show


The Kansas City Star

The diva sang. The diva conquered.

That much was clear after four encores and five standing ovations Tuesday night for star soprano Renee Fleming.

Her Folly Theater recital, spanning nearly two hours, covered three centuries, traveled at least three continents in four languages and touched on a few heavenly bodies, to boot.

Draped in Italian silk, she showed off a voice of mostly velvet in songs that ranged from Handel to Harold Arlen. With her relaxed manner and radiant presence, it's hard to miss how Fleming has risen to wide popularity. You have to like a diva who bats her eyes and tosses her hair in mock arrogance as she sings (from “Manon”) of her own conquering beauty.

The first half of her recital began with two short songs from Handel's “Rodelinda” (1725), alternating quiet longing in the first with playful drama in the second. If her Italian diction often missed, it only heightened the notion that compelling singers wrap their voices around songs, not mere words.

Fleming's longstanding love for the German repertoire came through in song groups by Schubert and Berg. Composed 100 years apart, the pieces presented noble unions of music and poetry.

The four Schubert lieder offered an aching progression from uncertain love (“Lachen und weinen,” or “Laughter and Tears”) to heartbreak, renewal and bliss. Highlights included the ethereal “Du bist die Ruh” (“You Are Quietude”) and its powerful lover's epiphany.

Berg's “Sieben Fruehe Lieder” (“Seven Early Songs”) are modernist gems, dating from the first decade of the 20th century and the composer's apprenticeship with Schoenberg. Fleming and her able pianist, Richard Bado, negotiated the dreamscapes, crescendos and mysterious swirls with confidence and style. The four-note motif of “Traumgekroent,” Berg's setting of a poem by Rilke, etched a pivotal simplicity into this gorgeous song cycle, which captures the power of the seasons and other rhythms of life.

French composers dominated the second half. Fleming soared through the Asian travelogue of Ravel's “Sheherazade.” The language seemed to bring out the peach and honey in Fleming's voice, especially in “L'Indifferent.”

Two arias from Massenet's “Manon” followed — the stunning ardor of “Adieu, notre petite table” and the joyous good humor of the popular “Obeissons quand leur voix appelle” (“Come and obey the voice that is calling”).

Paradoxically, Fleming seemed less comfortable in English — at least in the closing testament of “You'll Never Walk Alone.” (Then again, it's apparently more a favorite of hers than mine.)

Whatever got bottled up in that, however, got loose in the encores. Fleming generously returned again and again to the sound of adults stamping their feet.

She gave them what they wanted in “Caecilie” by Richard Strauss, in a jazz-inflected “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (with its timely first line — “When all the world's a hopeless jumble”) and in the crowd-pleasing Puccini of “O mio babbino caro,” which sent teary-eyed fans into the night, convinced that the diva sings with the angels.

To reach Steve Paul, senior writer and editor, call (816) 234-4762 or send e-mail to paul@kcstar.com.

This is from my hometown! I had to give my tickets to my voice teacher because I was in Italy that week.:-(

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Tuesday, April 6th, 2004
7:34 pm


Sublime springtime treat from singer Renée Fleming


Renée Fleming is the best springtime treat anyone could have given a Toronto music lover, as she proved in a recital yesterday afternoon at Roy Thomson Hall.

And despite the certain temptation to deliver a dessert platter of audience favourites, the 45-year-old American soprano served music from outside the mainstream in a program that was intelligent as well as artistically rewarding.

In fact, the recital — in company of Houston Opera's Richard Bado on piano and Canadian flutist Susan Hoeppner — kept getting better with each new program selection.

Then Fleming brought out four crowd-pleasing encores so all could leave with smiles on.

Fleming yesterday confirmed in person why she is now such a superstar. The divorced mother of two who grew up just outside Rochester not only has a remarkably flexible voice and engaging stage presence, but she forges an intimate connection with her music, regardless of style or age.

Fleming's range covers baroque opera to jazz and Broadway, with nary a hiccup in between.

In traditional recital manner, Fleming began with two arias from G.F. Handel's 1725 opera, Rodelinda. The first, the maudlin "Ritorna, o caro" ("Come Back, O Beloved"), was answered by the joyful "Mio caro bene" ("My Beloved"), setting up a program brimming with drama and contrast.

Singers have free reign to embellish the repeated portion of these arias but, in the second piece, Fleming went overboard with her baroque scat.

The soprano also turned up the drama higher than is common in a set of four well-known Schubert songs ("Lachen und weinen," "Die Männer sind méchant," "Du bist die Ruh'" and "Seligkeit"), but her singing was flawless and her manner so convincing that one could be persuaded to rethink the usual emotional reserve singers usually bring to Schubert Lieder.

Her flair for the dramatic served Alban Berg much better. His Seven Early Songs were written when he was in his early 20s, between 1905 and 1908, and ring with a sensuous chromaticism mated to a firm melodic overlay. Fleming's expansive, engaged rendition begs for a recording.

Post-intermission, Hoeppner came out armed with a gorgeous-sounding alto flute to join the singer and the competent Bado for André Previn's 2000 composition, The Giraffes Go To Hamburg. Fleming, who premiered the role of Blanche in Previn's 1998 opera Streetcar Named Desire, has an obvious love of this music, bringing Isak Dinesen's bitter allegory about Western colonialism to affecting life.

The formal program ended with a breathtakingly smooth and sensuous reading of Maurice Ravel's three Shéhérazade songs from 1903. (One of these songs came up during Elly Ameling's master classes at the University of Toronto last month and it was as if Fleming had heeded every piece of advice on how to perfectly render a French chanson.)

For encores, Fleming burst forth with Richard Strauss' "Cäcilie" ("my desert island composer," she described Strauss from the stage), "O mio babbino caro" from Puccini's opera Gianni Schicchi, the "Gavotte" sequence from Jules Massenet's Manon and a jazzed-up arrangement of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Carousel.

One doesn't have the chance to hear such a great star in her prime very often in a lifetime, and yesterday's recital was, fortunately, one of those occasions that one will not forget anytime soon.

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