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Opera's Parallel Universe

Dave Beck
07/08/2010

The songs of Leonard Cohen are rarely performed on the same stage as the music of Richard Strauss. But on the new CD, "Dark Hope," opera singer Renee Fleming leaves behind her usual classical repertoire. Instead, she tackles pop songs from artists like Leonard Cohen, Arcade Fire and Death Cab for Cutie. Seattle Weekly classical music critic Gavin Borchert thinks she succeeds at crossing over because she tries on a whole new voice. Gavin spoke with KUOW's Dave Beck about the transformation of a singer who is more often heard performing arias.

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