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Renee Fleming

The Global Search for Education: Shepherd Sound

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.28.2014 | Arts
C. M. Rubin

"Musicians are all human, that is, we all have issues and things we want to improve but we also have the same goal, and that is to be the best we can...

Parts of Their World: Rusalka at the Metropolitan Opera in Review

Opera Teen | Posted 04.27.2014 | Arts
Opera Teen

Sometimes, very rarely, pretty is good enough. It may not fly for any standard-rep piece, but it works to an extent here, and it works well.

Why I Love Opera and You Should Too

Henriette Lazaridis | Posted 04.10.2014 | Arts
Henriette Lazaridis

You sit there, looking around the opera house, maybe, or maybe even getting a little sleepy, or thinking of something else, and then it hits you -- beauty --and you're slammed into something that I can't quite explain.

Change the Rules of the Games

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 04.09.2014 | Sports
Roger I. Abrams

There is nothing inherently wrong with abolishing the point-after conversion, but if the NFL is going to make changes to its product, it should worry more about abolishing perfectly legal plays that enhance the risk of player concussions.

The Seattle Seahawks: Incontestable Dominance and Honorable Mentions

Darryl Woodard | Posted 04.08.2014 | Sports
Darryl Woodard

"We didn't change anything. We play our own style of football. And we put our guys in situations they are comfortable with." -- Pete Carroll, Coach of...

The Operatic National Anthem -- Now What?

Jennifer Rivera | Posted 04.06.2014 | Arts
Jennifer Rivera

I can snob it up with the best of them. But I also usually manage to remind myself of the humanity of what we are doing, and in the end, that tempers my opinion. I think the love of the art form and the artists.

Opera Singer Stuns With National Anthem

Posted 02.02.2014 | Entertainment

American opera singer Renée Fleming belted out the "The Star-Spangled Banner" before kickoff at Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday. A 32-voice military choi...

Betting the Banner XLVIII

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 04.02.2014 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

Betting websites are is reporting on activity leading up to Sunday's Super Bowl -- bets placed not on the actual game but on the length of the national anthem. They report that it will log in between 2:15 and 2:25.

Opera Singer Plans Big Twist For Super Bowl National Anthem

AP | ROB MERRILL | Posted 01.31.2014 | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — Renee Fleming says she only knows how to sing the national anthem one way: live. The 53-year-old opera singer will perform "The Sta...

5 Things You Need to Know About Opera Before This Super Bowl

Jennifer Rivera | Posted 03.31.2014 | Arts
Jennifer Rivera

Some people seem to have a problem with the fact that there's an opera singer singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. So here are several pieces of information you should know about opera before you see Renee Fleming belt out the national anthem Sunday.

Renee Fleming Melts Hearts Anew in 'Rusalka'

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 01.24.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

It is the mark of a true diva to be able to turn any part she undertakes into an interpretation by which all others will be compared. Renee Fleming ow...

A Few Answers About 'Answer Me'

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.04.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Answer me this: What 60 year-old song co-written by a German and an American reached No. 1 on the UK singles charts by two different singers at the s...

A Streetcar Named Desire, in Opera

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 05.21.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

A Streetcar Named Desire is a dark play -- I thought only the Russians wrote such bleak, depressing things -- but the dreamy beauty of Fleming makes it shine.

YoungArts Wows LA

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 04.14.2013 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

If you ever had any doubts about the incredible young talent in America today, just check out the next generation of visual, literary and performing artists who have been recognized by YoungArts, the national organization devoted to mentoring and supporting emerging artists.

'Moby-Dick' Opens at San Francisco Opera: A Conversation With Composer Jake Heggie

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.09.2012 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

"I knew from the beginning Moby-Dick was a very good idea," said Jake Heggie during our recent interview. "Right from the start, people were a little stunned that we were taking it on."

An Evening of Kickoffs and Launches

Melissa Berkelhammer | Posted 12.02.2012 | New York
Melissa Berkelhammer

Well, we have survived yet another week of the U.N. in session and have lived to tell about it. Everyone has their horror stories. But I think most of us have learned to avoid any kind of transportation that was not absolutely necessary

Renee Fleming Mentors Chicago High School Students

AP | By CARYN ROUSSEAU | Posted 04.04.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- There's a reason Renee Fleming has been dubbed "The People's Diva." For the past school year, the famed soprano has been mentoring teen vo...

WATCH: Yo-Yo Ma, Renee Fleming Play Surprise Show

AP | By CARYN ROUSSEAU | Posted 03.20.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma and soprano Renee Fleming performed Monday with a choir of Chicago high school students to promote arts education. ...

Famed Diva To Reprise Starring Role In 'Streetcar'

AP | Posted 03.19.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The Lyric Opera of Chicago plans to highlight its 2012-2013 season with a production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" starring the compan...

Another Visit to Oman

Michael Kaiser | Posted 03.10.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

There is truly no Eastern art or Western art or Asian art, etc. There is only art. And great art has the power to move us because great artists speak to us no matter what the language.

On the Culture Front: Krapp's Last Tape, John Schaefer Celebrates 30 Years, Private Lives and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 02.13.2012 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Sometimes theater thrives on the simplest pleasures. A couple actors on a bare stage. This was the case at the last event for Carnegie Hall's young donor group, the Notables.

The NYC Opera Is Fighting For Its Life

AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 07.19.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — The New York City Opera, a pillar of American culture that for decades has built daring new productions along with the careers of sta...

Interview With Brad Mehldau on the Art of Solo Piano

Joseph Vella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Joseph Vella

I have interviewed the virtuosic pianist Brad Melhdau many times over the years. But this is the first time we focus exclusively on his approach to his solo work.

Seen and Heard in New York: Helen Mirren, Renee Fleming, Chuck Close

Jane Levere | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jane Levere

Actress Helen Mirren, interviewed by Annette Insdorf, director of undergraduate film studies at Columbia University, at the 92nd St. Y www.92y.org in ...

STREAMING LIVE NOW: Glyndebourne Opera Festival Streams Straight To Your Computer

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Being unable to attend the Glyndebourne Opera Festival can be counted among life's chief disappointments. Now, thanks to MediciTV, you can do your be...