The New York Times announces today that the American diva’s last Rosenkavalier at the Met on May 13 will also be her farewell to opera.
Ms Fleming is 58, the same age as her mentor Leontyne Price was when she called it quits. She has been quietly winding down her opera commitments for several years.
The article, which will not appear in the print edition until April 9, has all the hallmarks of a high-class PR coup. A fond smile, a tear, and four times as long as necessary.
photo: Dale Wilcox/Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Unlike Ms Fleming, who times everything to perfection.