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Renée Fleming at the Capitol Theatre

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A class act.

Renée Fleming On April 2, 2004, Renée Fleming gave an intimate performance at the 854-seat Capitol Theatre. The only accompaniment she had was a piano played by Richard Bado.


The program was wonderful, covering Handel, Schubert, Berg ("Sieben fruehe Lieder"), Ravel ("Sheherazade"), Massenet, Rodgers & Hammerstein, with encores covering Puccini ("O mio babbino caro" from "Gianni Schicchi", a personal favorite of mine), Strauss, and the last one being a very interesting "Somewhere over the rainbow."

Columbus attracts a crowd to its performing arts that has a raw enthusiasm. Ms. Fleming was quite graceful in handling the tendency that the crowd had to applaud at any opportune (or inopportune) moment, and thankfully said that though she loves applause, we would help her by holding until the end of the remaining sets so she could concentrate. It didn't feel at all like we were being corrected, and thankfully, except for one set at the end, we managed not to jump the gun.

If you have not seen her in person, you are missing a real gem of an artist.

Created by cmcurtin
This article originally appeared on Sunshine Poultry.
Last modified 2008-03-22 02:05 PM
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