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UApresents closed its 2013-14 season Sunday with soprano Renée Fleming making her first Tucson appearance in a dozen years.

But her concert at Centennial Hall was not all arias and serious vocal muscle flexing. It was fun, sometimes downright giddy, with some fanciful Mozart to open the night, a pair of Rachmaninoff love songs, a handful of French love songs and Kurt Weill's made-for-Broadway-and-Hollywood lament "Foolish Heart."

This was a program of cherry-picked songs mined from operas and song cycles including Rachmaninoff's "Twelve Romances" and "Songs of Simeon"; Handel's "Samson" and "Semele"'; and Dvorák's "Gypsy Songs." A trio of French love songs was punctuated by the sassy Canteloube folk tale "Wretched the Man Who Has A Wife," which Fleming performed with a wink-wink. READ THE FULL Arizona Daily Star REVIEW.