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Len, thank-you for the article. Fleming has been, I think, one of the most sensible opera stars of her generation. She once sang Lohengrin to some success (in Germany, IIRC), but has wisely stuck to repertoire that suited her lush yet powerful sound. The Marschallin has been her calling-card role for her entire career, and I'm glad she's marking her retirement with these performances, as Leontyne Price did with Forza. Fleming should continue to concertize as her voice is untouched by time. I'm sure the world's opera stages will miss her greatly, as will I.
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Yes, a fair assessment. I admired her greatly though, oddly, not especially in Rosenkavalier where I agree with the bland criticism. When she came to Melbourne she put her heart into it, unlike - for example - Alagna.
I particularly respect Fleming for her willingness to take on repertory that isn't normally associated with a singer of her type. Sopranos who have sung both Eva in "Die Meistersinger" (for one summer only, at Bayreuth) and Handel's Alcina, and done both well, are rare; the only one who comes to mind is Lilli Lehmann, and I don't know that she ever sang a Handel opera in the theatre, though she did perform both Wagner and Mozart.
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