Renee Fleming Turns Indie Rock Songs Into Opera

Videos by American Songwriter

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Move over indie rock, here comes something more “appasionato.” On her new album, Dark Hope, opera star Renee Fleming takes a “visit to a new, parallel universe.” Produced by David Kahne (Regina Spektor, Paul McCartney) Dark Hope finds “The People’s Diva” covering songs by Muse, Arcade Fire, The Mars Volta, Death Cab For Cutie, Leonard Cohen, Band Of Horses, and more.

Yes, you read that right. It almost makes the upcoming orchestral album from Peter Gabriel (also covered here) seem boring in comparison.

“I’ve always been inspired by artists who have shown musical and intellectual curiosity and the courage to take risks,” says 3-time Grammy Award-winner Fleming. “Because everything about the voice interests me, I felt it would be fascinating to learn a completely different style of singing.”

“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.”

Kahne contributed heavily to each track’s arrangement, and Fleming is joined in the studio by her two daughters and her sister, who provide backup vocals on a few tracks.

The album is due this Spring on Decca. Stay tuned for details.

Check out the list of songs that will appear on Dark Hope:

Endlessly (Muse)/ 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)

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