Archive for June, 2010

Singer Belts Nine Months After Lung Transplant

by: Colin Oettle

Charity Tillemann-Dick
Charity Tillemann-Dick is a world class soprano with a world class story. Just nine months after undergoing a double lung transplant in tandem with open heart surgery, the tenacious diva regaled her doctor’s with a performance of Puccini’s aria O mio babbino caro.

Before her surgery, Tillemann-Dick battled her condition for 4 years on and off the stage. She continued to perform despite failing health, afraid that a hiatus from singing would stall her momentum. Read on for the CNN video of her performance and link to the original article.
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Follow Up: Fleming Goes Pop

by: Colin Oettle

Renee Fleming
Renée Fleming recently talked with CNN about her newest album, Dark Hope, which was released on June 8 in the US. Dark Hope is an all-pop cover album that represents a departure from the operatic prima donna role that earned Fleming international fame. Inspired by new, edgy and eccentric lyrics, Fleming created not only a new image, but also a new voice for her popular debut.

See The Sound Post’s review of the single Endlessly here, and click through to watch both the CNN and WQXR interviews with Ms. Fleming. View Full Article »

Philadelphia Names Yannick Nézet-Séguin Music Director

pronounced nay-ZAY say-GHEN

by: Colin Oettle

The Philadelphia Orchestra has appointed Yannick Nézet-Séguin as the next music director—its first since Christopher Eschenbach stepped down in 2006. Until now, Charles Dutoit acted as Chief Conductor while the orchestra negotiated a period of nebulous leadership. Nézet-Séguin will begin a seven year contract immediately under the title “music director designate,” and after two seasons will assume the full role of music director starting in 2012-2013. View Full Article »

Soprano Renée Fleming to Release Alt Rock Cover Album

Starts Shopping at Hot Topic

by: Colin Oettle

Knock-out soprano Renée Fleming will release her new pop album, Dark Hope, on June 8 in the United States. Already out in Europe, the album represents the underside of Fleming’s newest leaf: popular music.

Her classical credits bud with acclaimed performances in the world’s best opera houses, multiple solo albums, and the moniker of “America’s Favorite Soprano.” None of this, however, receives a mention in the liner notes of her new release. Instead, Fleming wants to earn her alt-rock plaudits with a breathy, alto-range timbre that reflects little of her previous professional exploits. That tone, though antithetical to her pure, operatic upper register, is a tool she carefully crafted to convey an authentic pop feeling. Fleming and her producers have consistently asserted that the album is not a “crossover” but a purebred rock/pop release. The difference, they stress, is that a crossover album is classically styled performances of popular songs. Fleming’s recording is pop covers of pop songs. View Full Article »

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