A few strange things happened to Donizetti's "Lucrezia Borgia" on the way to its first performance Friday at the San Francisco Opera, a mere 178 years after its La Scala premiere.
First is that Renée Fleming in the title role of this star vehicle picked up a dozen hitchhikers, who sang gloriously. Costumed sensationally, La Fleming looked gorgeous and sang in a range from fine to diva-great. Yet she had lots of company in that department. Read More
Appearing in the same opera with Renée Fleming is both an honor and a challenge. For tenor Michael Fabiano, it’s a career milestone opportunity.One of the world’s top divas, Fleming is the San Francisco Opera season’s main attraction, singing the title role of Donizetti’s “Lucrezia Borgia,” which opens Friday at the War Memoial Opera House. Fabiano, 27, at the explosive beginning of what’s already a big career, is confident and secure in performing next to such a big star. Read More