Renee Fleming sings in the Mayor

She performed at the inauguration of Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, in front of an audience that included President Bill Clinton.

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  • She has apparently become quite influential in Chicago. Here’s an article on her renewing her stint at “creative consultant,” which actually seems to be more like a co-General Director role (along with her work for Carnegie, the Met and Sing for Hope) – all while keeping up one of the most extensive performances schedules of the last three years. Worker bee.

    • I think you will find that Americans keep their presidential titles – they are not -ex-Prim MInisters as we use in England, or ex- anything. You only have to watch any newsreel from there, and even Obama uses that title for the guys gone before him. Anyhow, it doesn’t matter, I think the idea was that Renee Fleming was singing of prestigious American people whilst singing-in the Mayor!

  • As a Canadian, I do know that it’s once-a-President-always-a President in the USofA – as it is with ambassadors – there’s nothing ‘ex’ about either, alas, as there are some we’d like to forget.

    • As apparently do Senators, Congresspersons, Mayors, Secretaries (of States and others) and a whole host of other elected and non-elected officials.

  • When you meet a former president the protocol is very specific – you refer to him as “Mr. President” and his title is “President [fill in name].”

  • Spelling correction – should read ex singer of sorts, not swinger of sorts.
    Hearing her voice causes such agitation as to affect spelling .

  • i had to chuckle a wee bit at your headline. If Ms. Fleming is indeed singing IN the mayor, that is a relationship of which I want no particulars. LOL!

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