Sunday, March 27, 2011

Renée Fleming Breaks During "Capriccio" For One Night Only

Renée Fleming as Countess Madeleine in Richard Strauss's Capriccio at the MET.
Renée Fleming will be singing seven performances of Strauss's Capriccio at the Metropolitan Opera, two of which fall on April 1 and April 7. But in between those particular dates she will sing an exclusive West Coast concert: "The world-renowned soprano will appear in the concert hall for one night and one performance April 5. The beautiful Fleming has never performed in Orange County and is jetting in, making room in her sold-out concert schedule as a special gift to her friend Henry Segerstrom in honor of his 88th birthday, which also falls on the same day. 'We wanted Renée Fleming to come to California and perform in the concert hall,' Elizabeth Segerstrom said. 'Her schedule is booked, as you can imagine. She wanted to come for Henry and she looked at her calendar telling us she had one night open — April 5. Can you believe it is Henry's birthday? Of course we were thrilled with the coincidence. This is going to be a very special night for Henry and for Orange County. The honor of Fleming's performance aside, the evening will be a gift to Orange County citizens in part because Corey and staff at the Philharmonic Society have created a large block of $25 tickets available to the music-loving public." The full program for the concert is listed after the jump.

Massenet: "Allons! Il le faut … Adieu, notre petite table" (from Manon)
Gounod: "Ô Dieu! que de bijoux! … Ah! je ris de me voir si belle" (from Faust)
Previn: "Soft people" (from A Streetcar Named Desire)
Previn: "I want magic!" (from A Streetcar Named Desire)
Grusin: "Two Rivers" (The Water is Wide/Shenandoah)
Lehár: "Vilja-Lied" (from Die Lustige Witwe)
Dvorák: "Mesíckuna nebi hlubokém" (from Rusalka)
Cilea: "Io son l'umile ancella" (from Adriana Lecouvreur)
Puccini: "Vissi d’arte" (from Tosca)
Verdi: "Mercè, dilette amiche" (from I Vespri Siciliani)
Bernstein: "Somewhere" (from West Side Story)
Bernstein: "I Feel Pretty" (from West Side Story)
Bellamy, Howard, Wolstehholme (Muse): "Endlessly"
Barrett, Bridwell, Hampton (Band of Horses): "No One's Gonna Love You"
Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie): "Soul Meets Body"
Cohen: "Hallelujah"
Gabriel: "In Your Eyes"

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