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S48 Ep13

Great Performances at the Met: Renée Fleming in Concert

Premiere: 3/19/2021 | 00:00:30 | Closed Captioning Icon

Experience the beloved American soprano perform arias by Puccini and Massenet to selections by Handel and Korngold from the intimate music salon of Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.

About the Episode

Renée Fleming in Concert – Premieres Friday, March 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)

Recorded on August 1, the beloved soprano performs favorite arias by Puccini and Massenet to selections by Handel and Korngold. Highlights include “Endless pleasure, endless love” from Handel’s “Semele,” Canteloube’s “Baïlèro,” and the Marschallin’s Act I monologue from Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier.” The singer performs from the music salon of Dumbarton Oaks in Washington D.C. accompanied by Robert Ainsley.

Musical Selections:

“And the People Stayed Home”
Music by John Corigliano
Poetry by Catherine M. O’Meara
Published by G. Schirmer Inc.

“Calm thou my soul … Convey me to some peaceful shore”
From Alexander Balus
Music by George Frideric Handel
Libretto by Thomas Morell

“To fleeting pleasures make your court”
From Samson
Music by George Frideric Handel
Libretto by Newburgh Hamilton, who based it on Milton’s Samson Agonistes, which in turn was based on the figure Samson in Chapter 16 of the Book of Judges

“Endless pleasure, endless love” from Semele
Music by George Frideric Handel
Libretto by William Congreve

“Si mes vers avaient des ailes”
Music by Reynaldo Hahn
Poetry by Victor Hugo
Published by G. Schirmer Inc. o/b/o Heugel SA

“Malurous qu’o uno fenno”
From Chants D’Auvergne Troisieme Serie
Music by Joseph Marie Canteloube
Published by G. Schirmer Inc. o/b/o Heugel SA

From Chants D’Auvergne Premiere Serie
Music by Joseph Marie Canteloube
Published by G. Schirmer Inc.

“Adieu, notre petite table” from Manon
Music by Jules Massenet
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille, based on the novel L’Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut
by Abbé Antoine-François Prévost

“Ich soll ihn niemals, niemals mehr sehn”
From Die Kathrin
Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Libretto by Ernst Decsey
By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.,
Agent in the USA for Josef Weinberger, Ltd., London, publisher and copyright owner.

“Da geht er hin” from Der Rosenkavalier
Music by Richard Strauss
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner.

“Musette svaria sulla bocca viva”
From La Bohème
Music by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Courtesy of Casa Musicale Sonzogno
Theodore Presser Company administrator

“O mio babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano
By arrangement with Hendon Music, Inc., a Boosey & Hawkes company, Sole Agent in the U.S., Canada and Mexico for Casa Ricordi/Universal Music Publishing Ricordi S.R.L., publisher and copyright owner.

“Over the Rainbow”
From the feature film The Wizard of Oz
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E Harburg
Arrangement by Rob Mathes
Published by EMI Feist Catalog Inc.

“Wiegenlied,” Op. 49, No. 4
Music by Johannes Brahms
Poetry by Georg Scherer


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♪ Endless love, endless love, endless love ♪ With a voice that's pure gold, the beloved Met star, Renée Fleming invites you to Dumbarton Oaks for a celebration of singing.

The most artistic expression known to humankind, singing.

Accompanied by Robert Ainsley, look for 'Renée Fleming in Concert' from 'Great Performances at the Met.'


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