Renee Fleming And I Sang Together

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It was on a delicious little aria you may have heard of called "Happy Birthday."

At the HBO screening of Renee's YoungArts Master Class, the diva guided the crowd on singing that tune to YoungArts' Lin Arison.

I gamely started on the first few notes, but got a little intimidated as Fleming's voice soared as if she were doing Il Trovatore.

She and some brave other people finished out the tune.

Anyway, the 30-minute program is brilliant, Renee guiding four young singers--including one guy who learned opera off YouTube--by giving them tips like "Stick out your tongue," "Put a cough drop in your mouth," "Bite down on a pencil," and "Put your hands in a chicken wing position."

The results of this game of cultural Twister are tremendous, and the whole thing ends up being a moving exercise in art that would even have Callas weeping.

By the way, the birthday lady told us that Josh Groban was once a student at one of the Master classes and was told he'd never make it.

But he's not angry. Groban has agreed to simply do his own Master Class telling kids how to handle that kind of harsh advice.

And he was there at Renee's screening! Singing "Happy Birthday"!


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7 comments
VonD
VonD

Ms. Fleming was fantabulous opening the New York Philharmonic's season this past fall with those Messaien songs. One of the local critics harshed on her and the choice of music but she was the bestest. I am looking forward to the HBO show.

Melinda9
Melinda9

Thanks for the information. I'm looking forward to seeing it.

Ron H
Ron H

Title says John Groban

Oysters
Oysters

This sounds like a terrific event. Not your run of the mill kind of thing. Brava diva.

Vivi
Vivi

I'd rather hear Renee Fleming sing Happy Birthday than Josh Groban.

Starzz
Starzz

If you can learn to read, you will see that it ends up being about Josh Groban.

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