Magazine article Opera Canada

Verismo

Magazine article Opera Canada

Verismo

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VERISMO

RENEE FLEMING

Decca: 478 1533

As her discography attests, the ravishing American soprano, Renee Fleming, has always sung and championed works somewhat removed from the core standard repertoire. So rather than another La boheme, you will find more iconic recordings of Dvorak's Rusalka, Massenet's Thais and Strauss's Daphne. While her solo CDs tend to be more populist, they, too, often involve an element of musicological sleuthing, including, for example, Homage: The Age of the Diva, which contains many rarely heard wonders from Korn-gold's Das Wunder der Heliane, Strauss's Der Liebe der Danae and Massenet's Cleopatre. The title of Fleming's latest disc refers to a style or school of composition in which realism and naturalism are of paramount importance and, like Homage, includes a fascinating blend of the familiar and unfamiliar. Beautifully executed popular arias from Puccini's Suor Angelica, La boheme and Turandot are coupled with excerpts from now largely forgotten works including Cilea's Gloria, Giordano's Siberia, Leoncavallo's Zaza and Mascagni's Iris. …

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