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Renée Fleming - Greatest Moments at the Met
485 3569 (Decca Classics, CD, 2 discs)
FIRST RELEASE (13 January 2023)
Playing time: 66'06"/77'42" - TT 143'48"
Tracks: 15 + 17
Booklet pages: 19
℗ 1994-2015 New York Metropolitan Opera
© 2022 Universal Music Operations Ltd
Main country of recording: United States of America
Reviewer: Gerald Fenech
Review of Renée Fleming - Greatest Moments at the Met published on 13 February 2023
Renée Fleming, soprano
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Decca Classics is proud to announce Renée Fleming - Greatest Moments at the Met. The release showcases her stellar career at New York Metropolitan Opera House to date, making some of the great soprano's most iconic performances at The Met available on CD and digital audio 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. 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.