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Renee Fleming: Greatest Moments at the Met

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Label: Decca

Cat No: 4853569

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 13th January 2023

Contents

Works

Bellini, Vincenzo

Il Pirata
» Col sorriso d'innocenza

Britten, Benjamin

Peter Grimes, op.33
» Embroidery in Childhood

Charpentier, Gustave

Louise
» Depuis le jour (Act 3)

Dvorak, Antonin

Rusalka, op.114
» Mesicku na nebi hlubokem (Song to the Moon) (Act 1)

Floyd, Carlisle

Susannah
» Ain't it a pretty night
» That's mighty pretty singin', Susannah

Gounod, Charles

Faust
» Alerte, alerte!

Handel, George Frideric

Rodelinda, HWV19
» Mio caro bene (Act 3)

Korngold, Erich Wolfgang

Die tote Stadt, op.12
» Gluck, das mir verblieb 'Marietta's Lied'

Lehar, Franz

Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow)
» Hello, here's a soldier bold

Massenet, Jules

Manon
» N'est-ce plus ma main que cette main presse (Act 3)
» Obeissons quand leur voix appelle (Act 3)
» Toi! Vous! (Act 3)
Thais
» Ah! je suis seule ...Dis-moi que je suis belle (Act 2)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K492
» Cosa mi narri ... Canzonetta sull'aria
» E Susanna non vien! ... Dove sono

Rossini, Gioachino

Armida
» Dove son io? ... Fuggi! (Act 3)
» E ver... gode quest'anima (Act 3)

Strauss, Richard

Arabella, op.79
» Das war sehr gut, Mandryka

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Eugene Onegin, op.24
» O! Kak mnye tyazhelo! ? Onegin! Ya togda molozhe

Verdi, Giuseppe

La Traviata
» Ah! Dite alla giovine (Act 2)
» Imponete - Non amarlo ditegli (Act 2)
Otello
» Era piu calmo? ...Piangea cantando ...Ave Maria (Act 4)

Artists

Renee Fleming (soprano)
Heidi Grant Murphy (soprano)
Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano)
Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano)
Wendy White (mezzo-soprano)
Massimo Giordano (tenor)
Richard Leech (tenor)
Nathan Gunn (baritone)
Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone)
Alan Opie (baritone)
Samauel Ramey (bass)
Matropolitan Opera Orchestra

Conductors

Marco Armiliato
Jiri Belohlavek
Semyon Bychkov
Bruno Campanella
James Conlon
Andrew Davis
Christoph Eschenbach
Riccardo Frizza
Valery Gergiev
James Levine
Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Julius Rudel
Patrick Summers

Works

Bellini, Vincenzo

Il Pirata
» Col sorriso d'innocenza

Britten, Benjamin

Peter Grimes, op.33
» Embroidery in Childhood

Charpentier, Gustave

Louise
» Depuis le jour (Act 3)

Dvorak, Antonin

Rusalka, op.114
» Mesicku na nebi hlubokem (Song to the Moon) (Act 1)

Floyd, Carlisle

Susannah
» Ain't it a pretty night
» That's mighty pretty singin', Susannah

Gounod, Charles

Faust
» Alerte, alerte!

Handel, George Frideric

Rodelinda, HWV19
» Mio caro bene (Act 3)

Korngold, Erich Wolfgang

Die tote Stadt, op.12
» Gluck, das mir verblieb 'Marietta's Lied'

Lehar, Franz

Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow)
» Hello, here's a soldier bold

Massenet, Jules

Manon
» N'est-ce plus ma main que cette main presse (Act 3)
» Obeissons quand leur voix appelle (Act 3)
» Toi! Vous! (Act 3)
Thais
» Ah! je suis seule ...Dis-moi que je suis belle (Act 2)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K492
» Cosa mi narri ... Canzonetta sull'aria
» E Susanna non vien! ... Dove sono

Rossini, Gioachino

Armida
» Dove son io? ... Fuggi! (Act 3)
» E ver... gode quest'anima (Act 3)

Strauss, Richard

Arabella, op.79
» Das war sehr gut, Mandryka

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Eugene Onegin, op.24
» O! Kak mnye tyazhelo! ? Onegin! Ya togda molozhe

Verdi, Giuseppe

La Traviata
» Ah! Dite alla giovine (Act 2)
» Imponete - Non amarlo ditegli (Act 2)
Otello
» Era piu calmo? ...Piangea cantando ...Ave Maria (Act 4)

Artists

Renee Fleming (soprano)
Heidi Grant Murphy (soprano)
Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano)
Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano)
Wendy White (mezzo-soprano)
Massimo Giordano (tenor)
Richard Leech (tenor)
Nathan Gunn (baritone)
Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone)
Alan Opie (baritone)
Samauel Ramey (bass)
Matropolitan Opera Orchestra

Conductors

Marco Armiliato
Jiri Belohlavek
Semyon Bychkov
Bruno Campanella
James Conlon
Andrew Davis
Christoph Eschenbach
Riccardo Frizza
Valery Gergiev
James Levine
Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Julius Rudel
Patrick Summers

About

Decca Classics is proud to announce Renée Fleming: Greatest Moments at the Met. The release showcases her stellar career at the Metropolitan Opera House to date, making some of the great soprano’s most iconic performances at The Met available on CD for the first time ever. Hearing these live performances captures the excitement felt in the house as they were happening in real time, making an indispensable addition to her many studio recordings.

Renée Fleming describes The Met as “my musical home, the theater where I feel welcome amongst friends – backstage, onstage, and in the audience.” The beginning of Fleming’s Met career is famous: in 1991 she stepped in at the last minute as the Countess in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, her surprise debut receiving instant acclaim. It launched a remarkable artistic relationship, with Fleming singing  beloved operas from the standard repertoire, as well as championing operas never before heard at the house. She has sung more than 250 performances there, more than at any other opera house in the world, and the tally continues to grow.

Fleming regards singing the Met as the peak of operatic performance, saying, “The Met is vast, but when you’re singing there, and there’s absolute silence, and you’re in a flow state, it is one of the most magical experiences you can have as a performer. It’s the pinnacle, just the pinnacle of all opera houses.”

Produced by Grammy-winning producer David Frost, the double-CD set begins, of course, with Figaro (from an early 1991 recording). The tracklist continues in chronological order of her roles at the house, allowing listeners to experience the development of Fleming as an artist over three decades, featuring music from 19 productions and gala concerts, and featuring duets with the likes of Cecilia Bartoli, Susan Graham, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Samuel Ramey.

Renée Fleming: Greatest Moments at the Met comes with liner notes featuring Fleming in conversation with Mary Jo Heath, Radio Host at the Met for fifteen seasons, telling the behind-the-scenes stories of these famous performances.

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