Opera's Fleming and Terfel Tackle Broadway Tunes on CD; PBS Concert and DVD, Too

News   Opera's Fleming and Terfel Tackle Broadway Tunes on CD; PBS Concert and DVD, Too With the huge success of the classic opera La Bohème on Broadway — in a new production helmed by "Moulin Rouge" director Baz Luhrmann — it seems appropriate that Renée Fleming and Bryn Terfel, two opera stars, should release an all-Broadway recording.

Fleming and Terfel's new CD, "Under the Stars," is scheduled for a Feb. 11 release on the Decca label and marks the first time these celebrated artists have recorded together. The 15-track disc features an eclectic mix of theatre tunes from such musicals as The King and I, The Happy Time, Woman of the Year, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Music Man, The Phantom of the Opera, Passion, Parade, The Secret Garden, Les Misérables, The Beautiful Game, Romeo and Juliette, Ragtime and Kiss Me, Kate. Backed by the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, "Under the Stars" boasts arrangements by Jonathan Tunick, Rob Mathes and Rob Mounsey. Paul Gemignani conducts. Renée Fleming — hailed by The New York Times as "America's soprano of choice" — was recently nominated for two Grammy Awards for her solo CD "Bel Canto." She starred in the Metropolitan Opera's first-ever production of Il Pirata and played Desdemona opposite Placido Domingo's Othello, also at the Met. About Bryn Terfel, the Los Angeles Times wrote, "This all conquering Welsh singer is simply stupendous." Terfel sings a wide variety of songs, including tunes from the worlds of Broadway, folk, art song and opera. He recently received glowing reviews for his work as Sweeney Todd in the Chicago Lyric Opera's production of the Stephen Sondheim musical.

The complete track recording for "Under the Stars" follows: "Not While I'm Around" (duet)
"Moonfall" (Fleming)
"I Don't Remember You"/"Sometimes a Day Goes By" (Terfel)
"All the Love I Have" (duet)
"I Wish I Could Forget You"/"Loving You" (Fleming)
"Stars" (Terfel)
"All I Ask of You" (duet)
"Hello, Young Lovers" (Fleming)
"Pretty Women" (Terfel)
"Aimer" (duet)
"All the Wasted Time" (Fleming)
"Seventy Six Trombones" (Terfel)
"How Could I Ever Know" (duet)
"So in Love"(duet)
"Wheels of a Dream" (duet)

In related news: On March 20 PBS stations across the country will broadcast a concert of "Under the Stars" that was recorded live in Wales this past summer. A DVD of that concert will be released later this year.