Sunday, March 06, 2016

Renée Fleming at Zellerbach

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."

1 comment:

Dr.B said...

I don't really like to write negative reviews and have decided to leave this as a comment. For me with my professional and academic background this was not good. It seemed to eerily lack preparation. A lot of my friends liked it.