Renée Fleming gave a recital last night at Zellerbach in Berkeley with pianist Olga Kern. I am having a hard time deciding what to say.
Unfortunately, Renée has reached the point in life where her voice is not the gorgeous instrument it has always been. Before today I have always been pleased to report that she sounded great. It was pouring rain, and the concert started very late, so perhaps this contributed. A piano piece was inserted so she could exit the stage. Perhaps it was just for today.
Renée is a celebrity who can charm any audience into submission, even me. Sigh. Strauss was best. Of course. We were asked to sing "I could have danced all night."