Renée Fleming

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Met opera superstar Renée Fleming, who will perform at the opening of Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, October 6th, talks about music she loves to sing (Bellini, Massenet, Strauss) or just listen to (Satie, Crumb) and reveals why she tries to avoid "diva behavior"; that forgetting some of her lines "happens to me all the time"; how the opera stage enables her to become uninhibited; how she copes if the audience boos; and even offers a theory on why the legendary Maria Callas lost her voice.

Erik Satie Gymnopédie No.3. Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano. Decca 289470290.

Jules Massenet Manon . “Je marche sur tous les chemins…” ("Gavotte"). Renée Fleming, Soprano. English Chamber Orchestra. Jeffrey Tate. Decca 000102402.

George Crumb Ancient Voices of Children, for Mezzo Soprano &Boy Soprano, Oboe, Mandolin, Harp, Electric Piano & Percussionists . [Excerpt] “Todas las tardes en Granada, todas las tardes se muere un niño”. Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Arthur Weisberg. Jan DeGaetani, Mezzo. Michael Dash, Boy Soprano. Nonesuch 79149.

Vincenzo Bellini La sonnambula . [Excerpt] “Ah! …se una volta sola” and “Ah! non credea mirarti”. Renée Fleming, Soprano. Orchestra of St. Luke's. Patrick Summers. Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus. Decca 467101.

Brad Mehldau "When it Rains" Brad Mehldau, Piano. Warner Brothers 48114.

Richard Strauss Four Last Songs, No. 3 , Beim Schlafengehn Renée Fleming, Soprano. Houston Symphony Orchestra. Christoph Eschenbach. RCA Victor Red Seal 68539.