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January 28, 2011

Opera superstar Renee Fleming to appear on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Just caught up with this earth-shattering news: Renee Fleming, the brilliant and enormously popular soprano, will make a guest appearance on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

I'm assuming she'll be one of the victims, rather than a perp, but how cool it would be to see Renee as the heavy: Met diva does unthinkable things to thoughtless tenor!

Posted by Tim Smith at 3:40 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Clef Notes, Opera


Reminds me of when Peabody alumnus Zuill Bailey appeared as a recurring character on the prison drama Oz as a cellist who had murdered someone by stabbing him with his endpin in a fit of jealous rage.

With no inside information, I'll give you even odds the episode is about an opera star being stalked by a fan. My understanding is that Judith Blegen ended her career because of a stalker, and Birgit Nilsson wrote about a stalker who followed her from continent to continent for almost a decade before committing suicide (in 1977). Probably Ms. Fleming has a few "overly devoted" fans of her own.

Perhaps she's trying to make us forget about her horrible foray into "pop" music last year.

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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