Renee Fleming – Indie Rock Goddess

Imagine, in some alternate universe, that world-renowned soprano Renee Fleming is the darling of the indie rock scene and Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley is singing Rusalka at the Metropolitan Opera. Pretty difficult to fathom, huh?

This voice:

Singing this material:

Well, it’s happening! Not the Jenny Lewis at the Met part, but Opera diva Renee Fleming is most definitely releasing her newest collection of songs, Dark Hope, this summer. Her first single, a cover of MUSE’s “Endlessly” is available on iTunes now.

Full Tracklist:

01. Endlessly (Muse)
02. No One’s Gonna Love You (Band of Horses)
03. Oxygen (Willy Mason)
04. Today (Jefferson Airplane)
05. Intervention (Arcade Fire)
06. With Twilight As My Guide (The Mars Volta)
07. Mad World (Tears for Fears)
08. In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel)
09. Stepping Stone (Duffy)
10. Soul Meets Body (Death Cab For Cutie)
11. Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)

If Fleming’s successful 2005 jazz disc, Haunted Heart is any indication, Dark Hope will be an album to pay attention to. I’m intrigued to hear how Fleming will wrap her enormous voice around some of these gentle and beautiful songs. If any operatic soprano can do it, it’s La Renay.

I just hope it doesn’t come out sounding like her misguided foray into the musical theatre world.

QUESTION: How do you feel about cross-genre experimentation in music? Would you like to hear Rilo Kiley tackle some Mozart?

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    • Rex
    • March 31st, 2010

    How do you know about things like this?

    • I found out about this one through iTunes browsing. I thought it was an early April Fool’s joke.

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