The diva who conquered America

[Daily Telegraph, 3 November 2005]
On the eve of a rare UK appearance, superstar RenÈe Fleming talks to Rupert Christiansen about fame, neurosis and why there’s no opera on ‘Oprah’
RenÈe Fleming is unstoppable. Ten years ago you wouldn’t have guessed it – she looked like just another attractive American lyric soprano, with a sterling professionalism that would probably ensure her a medium-paced, medium-profile career. But in 1995 she suddenly changed the pace.