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Lyric’s Renee Fleming to make Broadway debut

It won’t be much of a stretch, but it’s nice to hear opera great Renee Fleming, the popular artistic consultant to Chicago’s Lyric Opera, will be making her Broadway debut. The four-time Grammy winner will be starring in “Living on Love,” beginning April 1 at New York’s Longacre Theatre — and that’s NO April Fool’s joke!

In the play, Fleming will portray an opera diva whose conductor-husband begins to fall in love with a woman hired to be the ghostwriter of his memoirs. Fleming’s character fights back by hiring her own ghostwriter, but then she, too, becomes romantically involved.

Fleming told the Associated Press, “I’ve spent my life singing tragic characters, so to be able to make people laugh is an extraordinary joy.”

Fleming is one of the greatest living American sopranos — having performed in every major opera house around the globe and entertained for many heads of state, including Queen Elizabeth II and President Barack Obama. This past year, she was the first opera singer to be asked to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.