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Music Review

For Fleming and Graham, a super Sunday

Hours before the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers faced off in Super Bowl XLVII Sunday night, two American superstar vocalists took the stage at Symphony Hall. It wasn’t a case of dueling divas, however: Soprano Renée Fleming and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham hugged a lot, and they complemented rather than competed with each other.

Both were in glorious voice; there wasn’t a single power outage. What’s more, as Graham remarked in a pointed reference to Beyoncé’s Inauguration performance before the fourth and final encore, “I guarantee you we have sung every note live.” In the end, this Celebrity Series event was a super show in which there were no losers.

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