12 Sep 2010
Renee Fleming stretches beyond opera
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
By Andrew Druckenbrod [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 12 September 2010]
Opera singers have never sung opera exclusively -- not in the art form's nascent years around 1600, nor in its heyday in the 19th century or its golden years around the middle of the past century. So it should be no surprise that Renee Fleming, the premier operatic soprano of the past few decades, is looking to step off the operatic stage more often.