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Singer Renee Fleming talks about performing with Opera Tampa



Renée Fleming is the quintessential diva. Great soprano, glamorous looks, elegant interpreter of roles in Mozart and Strauss operas — and she’s American to boot.

But Fleming is also something of a thinking person’s prima donna, as exemplified by her latest album, the Grammy-nominated Verismo (Decca), in which she delves into little-known repertoire by Italian composers from the turn of the 20th century.

Fleming will be singing some of the arias from her album at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. It’s an Opera Tampa production with famed composer and conductor Anton Coppola (the uncle of Francis Ford Coppola) conducting a 56-piece orchestra. Tickets are $50-$125. Click here for details.

This week’s concert will be Fleming’s second performance for Opera Tampa. In the opera world, a star of her stature books her calendar years in advance.

“I’m talking now with opera companies about the 2014-15 season,’’ she said in a phone interview. “On the one hand, it’s nice to have some security about knowing what you’re going to be doing. On the other hand, it’s a bit frightening because we’re living creatures and our voices change. You can think that something’s going to be great, and then you get there and you find that it actually wasn’t great, or it would have been better to sing something else. What’s more frustrating is that when something does go incredibly well, there’s not the flexibility to repeat it.’’

Click here to read John Fleming's interview with Renee Fleming.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:16pm]


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