I had the pleasure of attending Renee Fleming’s concert at the Lyric Opera on Dec. 12. She sang the first half of the concert in a beautiful, emerald green satin gown with a floor-length stole, which she swooped around with great effect. Following the intermission (and completing the Christmas palette), she re-emerged in a gorgeous red gown (see photo). In her friendly, “just us folks” manner, she told her audience that it’s tough to be a diva. “A week ago,” she told us, “I performed at the White House. I made a grand entrance in my gown– with a 3″ velcro roller stuck to it!”
Yes, Renee, it must be tough to be a diva, but you do it so well! It’s refreshing to see a real star who is willing to puncture the balloon of ego a bit, while graciously embodying glamour and class. Most importantly, she sang beautifully, as always.
Welcome to Chicago, we look forward to your picks as Lyric Opera curator of new operas and creative consultant.
On the other hand, Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro gave an embarassing performance on “Late Night With David Letterman” last night. De Niro looked sorely affronted to appear, and clearly was acutely suffering under contractual obligations to promote his new movie in the Fokkers series, those gems of cinematic art. He offered mostly mono-syllabic responses, which heightened the veteran host’s discomfort. Letterman was thrown off his game, resorting to listing the duo’s film achievements in a sycophantic manner, to audience applause. Hoffman became De Niro’s interlocutor, answering questions for him in a manner that suggested that he too was too cool for the room. It got me thinking of peer pressure at an absurd level, because had he appeared alone, Hoffman would probably have been much more engaging, but his buddy De Niro set the bully bar high.
Must be tough to be a divo. Such a pain to endure so much attention and adulation. Of course, maybe it was a farce; you be the judge.