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An unforgettable evening of song from two of the most gloriously gifted and celebrated singers of our time.

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Soirée française 

Soprano Renée Fleming and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, world-renowned stars who are good friends as well as great favorites of Lyric Opera audiences, will collaborate in an elegant evening of French music. Bradley Moore will be at the piano.

In the opera house, as well as in concerts and recitals, Fleming and Graham are acclaimed for their matchless interpretations of French repertoire. Their program at Lyric includes such beloved pieces as the "Flower Duet” from Delibes’s Lakmé, the same composer’s “Les filles de Cadix,” the Barcarolle from Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, Fauré’s achingly beautiful “Pavane,” and Debussy’s “Mandoline,” “Beau soir,” and “Clair de lune” (the latter for solo piano). Other material will offer wonderful new discoveries for the audience: solo songs by Reynaldo Hahn and duets by Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, and Messager.

Much of the music bloomed in the “Belle Époque” (1871-1914), a period of dazzling artistic achievement in Paris. Fleming and Graham hope to evoke the world of the salon, a vital fixture in Parisian cultural and intellectual life, where legendary divas mixed with artists, composers, and the beau (and demi-) monde.

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    Renée Fleming

    Susan Graham

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