YouTube and Renee Fleming:
I love YouTube. Without it, we may have never had the opportunity to watch performances of some of the world's most beloved classical performers. Today, we'll take a look a handful of YouTube videos of the talented Renee Fleming
"Song to the Moon" from Dvorak's opera "Rusalka":
Renee Fleming performs the title role of Rusalka
and sings it beautifully. This particular performance was taped in Paris in 2002. It was conducted by James Conlon and staged by Robert Carsen. Watch the video!
"Vissi D'Arte" from Puccini's opera "Tosca":
In 2006, Renee Fleming performed this famous aria at the Nobel Peace Price Concert in Oslo, Norway. The only thing missing from this performance is a lovely diamond necklase. Watch the video!
"Gretchen am Spinnrade" by Schubert:
Here's a fantastic Schubert art song. This crowd favorite is one of Renee's signature pieces of music. This video was recorded with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Watch the video!
"Soft People have got to Shimmer and Glow" by Andre Previn:
Premiered in 1998, the opera "A Streetcar Named Desire" was adapted by Andre Previn after the play by Tennessee Williams. It featured Renee Fleming as Blanche. Watch the video!
"O Mio Bambino Caro" by Puccini:
This familiar tune has been used extensively in various forms of media. Unlike the last video's, this is just a recording or her performance. Watch the video!
The Cherry Duet by Mascagni:
If you can get past the horrible dress and crazy hair, a young Renee Fleming performs the Cherry Duet from Mascagni's "L'amico Fritz" with the late Luciano Pavarotti
and the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. Watch the video!
Kathin's Aria from Korngold's opera "Die Kathrin":
Recorded in 2007, Renee Fleming sweetly performs Kathrin's Aria. This is a superb video and a lovely piece of music. I think you'll like it very much. Watch the video!
"12345" set to "Care Nome":
I couldn't help myself. While in college a friend introduced me to this video. It's a delightful and fun video of Renee Fleming performing on The Muppets Show. Even though she is singing about counting, she does it like a true diva! Watch the video!