Fleming Sings Volta, Muse, Death Cab and Cohen
Photo credit: Andrew Eccles
RENÉE FLEMING VISITS A NEW UNIVERSE ON ‘DARK HOPE’, OUT THIS SPRING ON DECCA
One of the World’s Most Celebrated Voices Puts An Indelible Signature On Songs By Arcade Fire, Band of Horses, Death Cab For Cutie, The Mars Volta, Muse, and Leonard Cohen
Renée Fleming’s new album ‘Dark Hope’, which the opera star describes as a “visit to a new, parallel universe,” will be released by Decca this spring. The album was recorded in close collaboration with producer David Kahne (Regina Spektor, The Strokes, The Bangles, Sublime, and countless others) in New York City, and features a diverse and adventurous track listing of songs.
No One’s Gonna Love You (Band of Horses)
Oxygen (Willy Mason)
Today (Jefferson Airplane)
Intervention (Arcade Fire)
With Twilight As My Guide (The Mars Volta)
Mad World (Tears for Fears)
In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel)
Stepping Stone (Duffy)
Soul Meets Body (Death Cab For Cutie)
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
Fleming, the superstar soprano known as “the people’s diva,” says of ‘Dark Hope’: “I’ve always been inspired by artists who have shown musical and intellectual curiosity and the courage to take risks. Because everything about the voice interests me, I felt it would be fascinating to learn a completely different style of singing.”
Producer Kahne was a true collaborator during the recording process, driving most of the arrangements and coaching Fleming in this music. Also joining Fleming on the album are her two daughters and sister, who sing backup on several songs.
Fleming says that for the recording of this album, “Singing in a small, acoustic booth, with a microphone that’s very close, in this very intimate style, is the complete opposite of how I usually sing.”
There were similarities to how she prepares dramatically for an opera role, however. Fleming points out that for each track on ‘Dark Hope’ “we found an interpretation that enabled the point of view to sound authentic coming from me. Every song has a story, so this whole idea of enacting or playing a role is doubly true for this music.”
Renée Fleming, a Fulbright Scholar and three-time Grammy award winner, has captivated audiences at leading opera houses and concert halls around the world. Last year, the acclaimed soprano was a featured performer at President Obama’s Inaugural Celebration. Fleming has also had a longtime interest in jazz and has recorded jazz repertoire on ‘Haunted Heart’, the lauded collaboration with pianist Fred Hersch and guitarist Bill Frisell.