Commanding, affecting and emotionally resonant, Renee Fleming’s performance as the Marschallin in Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at the Royal Opera House is delighting audiences and impressing critics alike. Her singing “oozes class” and left some with “intense goosebumps”, and The Telegraph’s Rupert Christiansen noted her “richer grace and subtlety – her chastely sung Marschallin is supremely elegant and gently moving”.
The new production, which is bound for the Metropolitan Opera in New York, is directed by Robert Carsen, and conducted in London by Maestro Andris Nelsons. During the London run, Fleming will appear in conversation with a special guest at the Pureland Series for China Exchange on January 12.
When Fleming sings “Stop the clocks”, the audience holds its breath. She finds depth and feeling in every line, with the Guardian critic applauding her gilded smoothness and the Independent praising her for creating a finely nuanced and musically exquisite portrait of a complex, beautiful woman facing the passage of time.
Fleming certainly looks the part – every inch the theatrical aristocrat, she dominates the stage with her perfectly judged acting, whether dressed in her peignoir, a slub-coloured silk day dress, or shining like a silent movie star in sheer black evening gloves, crystal-studded black satin, and luxuriant black furs.
Her curtain call was as classy as her performance, as she strove to share the audiences’ enthusiastic applause with the rest of the cast, insisting on sharing the final bows.