Renée Fleming PR latest: She wants to be Katherine Jenkins

The publicity juggernaut that has accompanied the diva’s present run at the Met has just sprouted a new shoot.

Apparently, she is going to sing Carousel on Broadway in 2018.

Just like Katherine Jenkins at ENO.

Sort of.

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    • I am not ‘a fan’ of Katherine Jenkins, merely a former professional violinist of 35+ years’ experience.

      The two ladies are different in many respects. KJ has never ever claimed to be an operatic singer, merely a singer who sings (some) music from opera. She also performs lighter stuff, including a fairly successful Carousel, if one believes newspaper critics.
      Renée Fleming, on the other hand is an operatic soprano, who, although probably near the end of a pretty illustrious career, feels that she has a place in lighter pieces, and good luck to her.

  • By the by, these Basel performances are unamplified. Unlike everything on Broadway nowadays. Fleming will surely benefit from an amplification system, as she needs it (see Metropolitan Opera Der Rosenkavalier).

  • It’s been a while since the last reference to KJ. I thought it was too good to last.

    So long as she leaves opera alone and keeps her head below the parapet, leave her alone. It’s counterproductive.

  • Honestly, why do I even visit this site? It’s so full of hot air and needless disparagement. This isn’t “news.” It’s being a petty arsehole.

    • I’m sure KJ takes all the leg pulling in her stride. Friends of mine emailed from their cruise ship in Dubai and thought that she was not only a ‘very talented singer’ but also a ‘very lovely lady’. Whether she was shovelling the $$ in on or off the ship, I cannot say. I doubt that cruise liners can pay her kind of fee.

  • Years ago (in 1973), having retired from ‘serious’ opera work, Irmgard Seefried took on the occasional light role. I heard her that year in Udo Juergens’s ‘Helden, Helden’ in the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. The voice was clearly past its peak, but she knew how to act, how to use the voice intelligently and musically, and how to manage her stage presence. In that repertoire she was still delightful.

    • Sadly Renée doesn’t really have those musical and stage skills to fall back on, without the voice, there’s not much else.

  • I’ve seen Shirley Verrett and Stephanie Blythe sing Cousin Nettie. Does NL have any problems with either of THOSE sterling singers?

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