Cream of the Crop: Renee Fleming at the Dorothy Chandler

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There’s something a little scary about experiencing the best of something.  First, there are expectations you’re worried won’t be met, then you realize that you’ll doubtfully be satiated by anything less from that moment on, and finally it’s scary to think of how much work went into anything being that great – some start to feel inadequate.

Time to face your fears.  Renee Fleming is making a one-night-only appearance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and to make this even more of a pulse-quickening event, she’ll be signing copies of her new CD Verismo after the performance.  Fleming is, in case you haven’t thrown her name around in an opera conversation before, one of the most widely acclaimed and loved sopranos of recent memory.  In terms of international status, think Maria Callas without the notorious temper and in terms of voice, well, she’s not like anyone.

Saturday, December 12 at 7:30pm, lucky ticket holders will be treated to songs by Richard Strauss, Olivier Messiaen, Henri Dutileux’s Le temps l’horloge, which was written specifically for her, as well as selections from her latest CD.  It will be difficult to listen to anything less from December 13th on.

Luckily, Nathan Gunn is performing in LA Opera’s The Barber of Seville through December 19.  After that? We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

Renee Fleming will perform on December 12, 2009 at 7:30pm at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  For more information, please call (213) 972-8001 or click here.

Via: Fine Arts LA

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