Q: And what is La Scala like to sing in?
A: Fabulous. Fabulous. If the house is empty, it's even better.
Renee Fleming interview at the Kaplan Penthouse (Lincoln Center) tonight. If you ever have the chance to see her in person—singing, speaking—don't think twice, just go. She's charming, ambitious, determined, hard working, modest, funny, and smart. You don't even have to love opera to love that. (Just be on the alert for ancient cranks with canes and fur coats: those people are pushy, and they would eat their own children before they'd give up a seat.)