Renée Fleming

Soprano

Renée Fleming

Fleming's first major break came in 1988 when she sang the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro at the Houston Grand Opera. In 1989, she made debuts with the New York City Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In 1991, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut. In 1997, Fleming sang her first Manon at the Opéra Bastille to glowing reviews.

As a youngster, Fleming enjoyed popular music and admired the talent of Joni Mitchell and others. In addition to the standard operatic repertoire, she performs new music, Broadway show tunes, and other popular genres.

Fleming sang in the world première of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles with the Metropolitan Opera, in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's first performances of Floyd's Susannah, and as Blanche in the world première of André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire, with the San Francisco Opera.

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Sommernachtskonzert 2017

Sommernachtskonzert 2017

Summer Night Concert 2017


Dvorak:

Carnival Overture, Op. 92

Za tihlou Gazelou (from Armida)

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Humperdinck:

Hänsel & Gretel Overture

Rachmaninov:

Twilight, Op.21 No. 3

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne, Op. 4 No. 4

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Spring torrents, Op. 14 No.11

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Stravinsky:

The Firebird: Danse infernale du roi Kastchei

Berceuse from The Firebird

Finale from The Firebird

Tchaikovsky:

Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 - Pas d'action

Waltz from Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66

Williams, John:

Hedwig's Theme (from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)


Fairytales and myths have inspired composers from time immemorial, and audiences, too, have invariably been enthralled by the unending struggle between good and evil. Central to the Vienna Philharmonic’s 2017 Summer Night Concert are German, French, Russian and Czech fairytales as well as a contemporary fantasy figure that is Anglo-Saxon in origin.

In 2017 the Summer Night Concert will again be conducted by one of the most distinguished musicians of our time. Christoph Eschenbach, who also conducted the 2014 Summer Night Concert, is in demand as a guest conductor for prominent orchestras and opera houses worldwide. Since 2010 he has been musical director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. Having begun his career as a pianist, he learned conducting under George Szell and Herbert von Karajan. Since making his debut as a conductor in 1972, he has led renowned orchestras, including the Tonhalle-Orchester in Zurich, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Sommernachtskonzert 2017

Sommernachtskonzert 2017

Summer Night Concert 2017


Dvorak:

Carnival Overture, Op. 92

Za tihlou Gazelou (from Armida)

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Humperdinck:

Hänsel & Gretel Overture

Rachmaninov:

Twilight, Op.21 No. 3

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne, Op. 4 No. 4

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Spring torrents, Op. 14 No.11

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Stravinsky:

The Firebird: Danse infernale du roi Kastchei

Berceuse from The Firebird

Finale from The Firebird

Tchaikovsky:

Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 - Pas d'action

Waltz from Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66

Williams, John:

Hedwig's Theme (from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)


Fairytales and myths have inspired composers from time immemorial, and audiences, too, have invariably been enthralled by the unending struggle between good and evil. Central to the Vienna Philharmonic’s 2017 Summer Night Concert are German, French, Russian and Czech fairytales as well as a contemporary fantasy figure that is Anglo-Saxon in origin.

In 2017 the Summer Night Concert will again be conducted by one of the most distinguished musicians of our time. Christoph Eschenbach, who also conducted the 2014 Summer Night Concert, is in demand as a guest conductor for prominent orchestras and opera houses worldwide. Since 2010 he has been musical director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. Having begun his career as a pianist, he learned conducting under George Szell and Herbert von Karajan. Since making his debut as a conductor in 1972, he has led renowned orchestras, including the Tonhalle-Orchester in Zurich, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Sommernachtskonzert

Sommernachtskonzert

Summer Night Concert 2017


Dvorak:

Carnival Overture, Op. 92

Za tihlou Gazelou (from Armida)

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Humperdinck:

Hänsel & Gretel Overture

Rachmaninov:

Twilight, Op.21 No. 3

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne, Op. 4 No. 4

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Spring torrents, Op. 14 No.11

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Stravinsky:

The Firebird: Danse infernale du roi Kastchei

Berceuse from The Firebird

Finale from The Firebird

Tchaikovsky:

Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 - Pas d'action

Waltz from Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66

Williams, John:

Hedwig's Theme (from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)


Fairytales and myths have inspired composers from time immemorial, and audiences, too, have invariably been enthralled by the unending struggle between good and evil. Central to the Vienna Philharmonic’s 2017 Summer Night Concert are German, French, Russian and Czech fairytales as well as a contemporary fantasy figure that is Anglo-Saxon in origin.

In 2017 the Summer Night Concert will again be conducted by one of the most distinguished musicians of our time. Christoph Eschenbach, who also conducted the 2014 Summer Night Concert, is in demand as a guest conductor for prominent orchestras and opera houses worldwide. Since 2010 he has been musical director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. Having begun his career as a pianist, he learned conducting under George Szell and Herbert von Karajan. Since making his debut as a conductor in 1972, he has led renowned orchestras, including the Tonhalle-Orchester in Zurich, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Distant Light

Distant Light


Barber:

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Bjork:

Virus

Joga

All is Full of Love

arr. Hans Ek

Hillborg:

The Strand Settings

world premiere recording


Read Katherine's exclusive interview with Renée Fleming about the recording here.

‘Distant Light’ is Renée Fleming’s first foray into the hypnotic world of Scandinavian music. For her first new studio album in three years she has chosen to inspire and provoke with a daring mix of music.

The title comes from a poem in a new song cycle dedicated to Renée and here receiving its world premiere recording: Anders Hillborg’s ‘The Strand Settings’.

"At once atmospheric, elegiac and unsettling, the work was crafted with Ms. Fleming’s creamy voice in mind”, wrote the New York Times at its first performance in 2013. One of Sweden’s brightest star composers Hillborg has a close relationship with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic where this recording was made in February 2016 with its principal conductor Sakari Oramo.

Renée couples this with three songs by Björk in specially commissioned orchestrations by the brilliant Swedish composer and arranger Hans Ek, recorded here for the first time.

Why Björk? Both she and Renée are recipients of Sweden’s Polar Music Prize. Both dare to be original. In the fascinating booklet interview Renée talks about her admiration for Björk: “Her originality is breathtaking. She just blazes her own path forward”. Renée chooses the songs which mean the most to her personally and musically.

“[The Strand Settings] already seems a classic with its declamatory vocal ardour, orchestral finesse, and communicative confluence of styles, from tinkling minimalism to a snatch of mock Handel. As she soars upwards on words like ‘stars’ and ‘freedom’ – Hillborg’s not afraid of the obvious – Fleming’s top register seems as golden as ever” BBC Music Magazine, March 2017 ****

“Fleming is in great voice and makes the strongest possible case for the [Hillborg], and turns in a masterfully judged account of Barber’s lyric rhapsody.” Classical Music, May 2017 *****

“At once alluring and uneasy, the songs are a gift for Renée Fleming, whose siren-like soprano draws the listener on to the unknown. The atmosphere is potently captured by Sakari Oramo and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.” Financial Times, 6th January 2017 ****

“Fleming is in her best voice for Hillborg, sometimes digging into her lower range with great effect but also resorting to breathy mannerisms to characterise awed disbelief at the visions at hand…[she] finds much to connect with in the rhapsodic repetitions of ‘Jóga’. ‘All is Full of Love’ benefits from overdubbing: Fleming seems to be everywhere at once, with rather intoxicated effect” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

“Fleming obviously relishes the atmospheric music that Hillborg provides for her, and her soprano sails and swoops through the generally wistful and gossamer textures that the orchestration provides” Opera Now, February 2017 ****

“As a vehicle for the soaring purity of Fleming’s voice, and as an evocation of Strand’s very finely etched sensibility, Hillborg’s settings are genuinely beautiful and their cumulative effect is powerful...And the three songs by Björk that end the disc don’t seem out of place either.” The Guardian, 11th January 2017 ****

“[Fleming] still commands the creamiest, spine-shiveringly sensuous timbre in the business. That’s evident throughout Knoxville, as is her excellent diction, an area often perceived as her weakness...There’s a much more ghostly, even ominous, atmosphere in Hillborg’s writing.” The Times, 6th January 2017 *****

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Paradisum: Serene Sacred Songs

Paradisum: Serene Sacred Songs


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben': Jesu, bleibet meine Freude

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Magnificat in D major, BWV243: Quia respexit humilitatem

Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)

Bernstein:

A Simple Song (from Mass)

Bruckner:

Os justi meditabitur sapientiam

Voces8

Caccini, G:

Ave Maria

Elina Garanca (mezzo)

Fauré:

Requiem: Pie Jesu

Renee Fleming (soprano)

Requiem: In Paradisum

Sir Neville Marriner

Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Gjeilo:

The Ground

Renee Fleming (soprano)

Gounod:

Repentir (O Divine Redeemer)

Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano)

Ave Maria

Juan Diego Florez (tenor)

Handel:

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Andreas Scholl (countertenor)

Lloyd Webber, A:

Requiem: Pie Jesu

Anna Netrebko (soprano)

Mascagni:

Sancta Maria

Andrea Bocelli (tenor)

Mendelssohn:

Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Op. 34 No. 2

Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)

Mozart:

Ave verum corpus, K618

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Requiem in D minor, K626 - Lacrimosa

Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339: Laudate Dominum

Felicity Palmer (soprano)

Rachmaninov:

Vespers, Op. 37: Khvalite imya Godpodne

How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7

Anna Netrebko (soprano)

Ramirez, A:

Misa Criolla: Kyrie

Jose Carreras (tenor)

Schubert:

Ave Maria, D839

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Du bist die Ruh D776 (Rückert)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Mille Cherubini in coro

Andrea Bocelli (tenor)

Tavener:

Song for Athene

The Holst Singers

Vivaldi:

Larghetto from "Nulla in Mundo pax sincera"

Emma Kirkby (soprano)

Wagner:

Der Engel (No. 1 from Wesendonck-Lieder)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Whitacre:

Lux aurumque


This 2CD collection brings together the calmest and most thoughtful sacred songs ever written, performed by the world’s greatest singers including Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko, Renée Fleming, José Carreras and Bryn Terfel.

Composers range from Mozart and Bach to the contemporary cool of today’s great writers such as Eric Whitacre and Ola Gjeilo.

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Lehár: The Merry Widow

Lehár: The Merry Widow

sung in English


Lehár:

Die Lustige Witwe


Renée Fleming (Hanna Glawari), Nathan Gunn (Danilo), Kelli O’Hara (Valencienne), Alek Shrader (Camille)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus & Ballet, Sir Andrew Davis

Director and choreographer Susan Stroman

The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact).

Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O’Hara is Valencienne. Sir Andrew Davis conducts.

Bonus Feature: Backstage at the MET with members of the Cast

English, French and German subtitles

“Davis keeps Lehar's effervescent score bubbling along and this would be the perfect, light-hearted operatic fare to see in the New Year...There's a great sense of fun running through the entire cast. Fleming's Hanna Glawari is glamorously over the top, as is Nathan Gunn's Danilo, revelling in his wild life of drinking, gambling and grisettes at Chez Maxim's.” Gramophone Magazine

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Berg: Lyric Suite

Berg: Lyric Suite


Berg:

Lyric Suite - for soprano and string quartet

Wellesz:

Sonnets For Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Op. 52

Zeisl:

Komm, süsser Tod

arranged for soprano and string quartet by J. Peter Koene


This release unites on record for the first time America’s reigning star soprano Renée Fleming and its premier string quartet, The Emersons, to take us on a journey into the twilight world of Vienna in the 1920s and 30s in music imbued with late romanticism and burgeoning modernism.

Berg’s Lyric Suite is a work of intricate, complexity believed to have a secret dedication and to outline a secret programme relating to Berg’s affair with Franz Werfel’s sister (Werfel was married to Mahler’s widow, Alma). Theodor Adorno called the work a “latent opera” and in its sixth and final movement, the Largo desolato, Berg introduces the soprano voice and quotes Wagner’s Tristan motif to evoke his doomed, impossible love.

This was still secessionist Vienna: a world of paintings by Klimt, psychoanalysis by Freud and a musical life where you could hear Bruno Walter conduct Mahler and Clemens Krauss lead the operas of Richard Strauss.

Egon Wellesz’s highly expressive setting of Sonnets by Elizabeth Barrett-Browning was one of the last works he completed before leaving Austria ahead of the Anschluss in 1938. It is heard here in its original version for soprano and string quartet. Barrett-Browning was one of the most popular English poets of the Victoria era, although Wellesz turned to German translations by Rainer Maria Rilke for his setting.

Renée Fleming is famed for her “intense and luxurious” (Evening Standard) performances of Richard Strauss and Korngold, Berg and Mahler. Her sumptuous sound is uniquely suited to this repertoire.

As Edward Seckerson wrote of her fin de siècle recital at the Barbican in 2012: “We were back in Vienna’s golden age and it seemed like that was where she had always belonged”.

“Fleming sings with velvety evenness, threading her vocal line through the swirling strings, but in a rather impersonal, neutral way. But it’s the performance of the whole work by the Emersons that it is so remarkable; there is much more emotional directness, less of the usual armour-plated efficiency about their playing, and that, combined with the total technical assurance, suits the world of late Berg perfectly.” The Guardian, 9th September 2015 *****

“This is an outstanding performance of Berg's Lyric Suite.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2015

“Astonishingly accurate and coordinated accounts ...[In the Lyric Suite's Finale] the Emersons leave you longing for what might have been...Wellesz suits Renée Fleming down to her fingertips. She is woven between the lines of the original quartet version.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2015

Presto Discs of 2015

Finalist

GGramophone Awards 2016

Finalist - Chamber

BBC Music Magazine

Chamber Choice - December 2015

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Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114

Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114


Renée Fleming (Rusalka), Piotr Beczala (Prince), Dolora Zajick (Jezibaba), John Relyea (Water Goblin), Emily Magee (Foreign Princess)

Orchestra, Ballet & Chorus of The Metropolitan Opera, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Dvorak’s enchanting fairytale of the water-nymph Rusalka has been a signature role for Renée Fleming for the past 25 years.

The Gramophone Classical Music Guide writes: “Renée Fleming's tender and heartwarming account of Rusalka's Song to the Moon reflects the fact that the role of the lovelorn water nymph, taken by her in a highly successful production at the MET in New York, has become one of her favourites”.

Here at last – in sumptuous HD – is that MET production by the late Günther Schneider-Siemssen and directed by Otto Schenk.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts with “sensitivity and urgency” (Financial Times)and the strong supporting cast includes Piotr Beczala “wonderful as the Prince, his tenor elegant and impassioned” (New York Times).

“Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Philadelphia Orchestra's new director, takes a more dramatic approach than precursors like Sir Andrew Davis, slightly hardening Dvorak's moonlit atmosphere but intensifying its emotional focus…[Fleming] still cuts a beautiful figure, vulnerable but eerily isolated. And she gives Piotr Beczala's equally personable Prince, sung with ardour and refined head voice, some excuse for chasing his Foreign Princess” BBC Music Magazine, March 2016 *****

“For sumptuously costumed, traditionally picturesque opera productions, you don't need to look much further...This is favourite Fleming role and it is beautifully sung very beautifully, her creamy tone with slivery top notes still exquisite. Beczala is in heroic voice and throws in some gorgeous head notes in his death throes...Nézet-Séguin is alert to the score's Czech dance rhythms and wallows in Dvorak's rich orchestration.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

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Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114

Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114


Renée Fleming (Rusalka), Piotr Beczala (Prince), Dolora Zajick (Jezibaba), John Relyea (Water Goblin), Emily Magee (Foreign Princess)

Orchestra, Ballet & Chorus of The Metropolitan Opera, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Dvorak’s enchanting fairytale of the water-nymph Rusalka has been a signature role for Renée Fleming for the past 25 years.

The Gramophone Classical Music Guide writes: “Renée Fleming's tender and heartwarming account of Rusalka's Song to the Moon reflects the fact that the role of the lovelorn water nymph, taken by her in a highly successful production at the MET in New York, has become one of her favourites”.

Here at last – in sumptuous HD – is that MET production by the late Günther Schneider-Siemssen and directed by Otto Schenk.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts with “sensitivity and urgency” (Financial Times)and the strong supporting cast includes Piotr Beczala “wonderful as the Prince, his tenor elegant and impassioned” (New York Times).

“For sumptuously costumed, traditionally picturesque opera productions, you don't need to look much further...This is favourite Fleming role and it is beautifully sung very beautifully, her creamy tone with slivery top notes still exquisite. Beczala is in heroic voice and throws in some gorgeous head notes in his death throes...Nézet-Séguin is alert to the score's Czech dance rhythms and wallows in Dvorak's rich orchestration.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

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Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia

Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia


Renée Fleming (Lucrezia), Michael Fabiano (Gennaro), Elizabeth DeShong (Orsini), Vitalij Kowaljow (Don Alfonso)

San Francisco Opera, Riccardo Frizza

This is the first EuroArts release in cooperation with the San Francisco Opera, internationally recognized as one of the top opera companies in the world

Renée Fleming as “America's most-loved and most-lauded opera singer”(The Times, London) played Lucrezia Borgia with passion and outstanding virtuosity in line with a top-notch cast: Michael Fabiano, Elizabeth DeShong and VitalijKowaljow.

Fleming plays a femme fatale renowned for her ruthless pursuit of power that reveals poignant vulnerability when she comes face to face with her long-lost son.

Led by internationally acclaimed conductor Riccardo Frizza

Recorded live in high definition at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, August 2012.

Picture format BLU-RAY DISC: 1080i Full HD 16:9

Sound format BLU-RAY DISC: PCM Stereo, DTS Master Audio

Region code: All (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, French, Japanese, Korean

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 122 mins

“Fleming seems fired by the theatricality of a reviled female character who commands every dramatic situation she encounters...The main reservation is her calculation...DeShong is a powerful vocal and dramatic presence as Orsini...The John Pascoe production is handsome, sumptuous and towering with ornate costumes.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2014

“Fabiano’s plangent tenor is an ideal bel canto instrument with flexibility and strength...I shall follow his career with interest. The same goes for Elizabeth DeShong as Orsini. Her voice is a full-toned wide-ranging mezzo to which she adds convincing acting skills...The traditional staging and period costumes aid the historical perspective” MusicWeb International, 28th January 2014

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