Renee Fleming, one of the most celebrated sopranos of our time, stopped by Stamps Auditorium on a cold Saturday in January for a Q&A with voice students. She was in Ann Arbor for a University Musical Society engagement.
There was a palpable buzz in the room as the appointed hour drew closer. A thumbs-up from the stage indicated that the singer had arrived. Ms. Fleming and collaborative pianist Martin Katz emerged from behind the partition. A chorus of cheers rose up.
Students were eager to ask questions about their chosen profession. The singer quickly put the diva stereotype to rest.