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Opera star Renée Fleming discusses Czech roots, singing in the language and a planned duet with Lou Reed

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The south Bohemian town of Český Krumlov is celebrating its 700th anniversary this year and the music festival’s organisers pulled out all the stops to secure an appearance by one of the world’s greatest singers. But perhaps they didn’t have to try too hard to persuade Renée Fleming to come. As she told a packed news conference in Prague on Thursday night, she has Czech roots and is proud of them.

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