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E tu, Renée?

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I feel ever so slightly betrayed by Renée Fleming. After the 2005 release of her jazz CD Haunted Heart, which I liked none too much, she really went out of her way to regain my trust. She turned in one splendid performance after another (from Violetta and Desdemona to Tatiana and Rusalka) and recorded a handful of intriguing CD projects. And then — with a regularity that rivals the phases of the moon — she dropped another crossover album.

That is not to say that Dark Hope, her new indie-rock effort, is nearly so heinous as Haunted Heart, which left me demanding concrete, recorded evidence that Fleming actually spent any of her college days touring as a jazz singer.

At the end of the day, Dark Hope is simply impressive in its genre impersonation (more the music than the video for the first single; see below). You can catch Joanne Sydney Lessner’s delicious yet fair review of the album in the October issue of OPERA NEWS. spacer 

— Oussama Zahr


This is painful to watch. Why she felt compelled to involve her poor children in this artistic disaster is beyond me.
Posted by: Application at 7/26/2010 1:46 PM


I think the video and and the music is simply fantastic. It shows that not only is Renee an incredible classical singer, but a crossover artist as well. I am a huge Fleming fan, and feel she excels in whatever she does. I will definitely get this recording. Brava Renee!!!!!
Posted by: Application at 8/2/2010 1:47 PM


Reminds me of Annie Lennox, only not as imaginative.
Posted by: Application at 8/4/2010 2:10 PM


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