Met Opera Radio on SiriusXM celebrates the 25th anniversary of Renée Fleming’s Met debut with a series of special broadcasts. The selections, chosen and introduced by Fleming herself, include complete performances of Gounod’s Faust, Floyd’s Susannah, and Massenet’s Thaïs. The Pennsylvania-born soprano made her Met debut as Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro in 1991, a role she would become closely associated with. Her repertoire with the company also prominently includes the title roles of Dvorak’s Rusalka and Massenet’s Manon, Desdemona in Otello, Violetta in La Traviata, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, and the Countess in Strauss’s Capriccio. In the upcoming 2016–17 season, she will return to another of her signature roles as the Marschallin in a new production of Der Rosenkavalier.
Also this week, the 65th anniversary of the Met debut of Victoria de los Angeles will be celebrated with a special broadcast of a 1961 performance of La Bohème. The great Spanish soprano sang the role of Mimì in this opera 23 times over the course of her decade-long Met career. She made her debut in 1951 as Marguerite in Faust (her most performed Met role with 28 performances) and was also a celebrated Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Manon in Massenet’s opera. She gave her final performance with the company as Lady Harriet in Flotow’s Martha in tour in Toronto in 1961.
Gounod: Faust (Renee):
Monday 3/14 at 3pm; Wednesday 3/16 at 9am; Friday 3/18 at 9pm
Floyd: Susannah (Renee):
Tuesday 3/15 at 12am; Thursday 3/17 at 9am; Sunday 3/20 @ 3pm
Massenet: Thaïs (Renee):
Tuesday 3/15 at 6pm; Friday 3/18 at 12pm; Sunday 3/20at@ 9am
Puccini: La Bohème (Victoria):
Tuesday 3/15 at 9am; Thursday 3/17 at 3pm; Saturday 3/19 at 9pm
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