Recorded live at the Salzburg Festival, August 2011
- Renée Fleming is internationally renowned for her glorious interpretations of the great soprano roles of Richard Strauss.
- During 2010, she was named the number one female singer by Salzburger Festspiele Magazin, the official newspaper of the festival.
- She will be performing a number of Strauss roles during the summer, which tie in with the release. In May she takes the title role of Arabella at the Vienna State Opera, this role is reprised in June at the Opera de Bastille in Paris, and she will star in Der Rosenkavalier at the Bayerische Staatsoper during the Munich Opera Festival.
Gloriously affirming the Salzburg Festival’s long-standing reputation as a supreme musical event, this concert honours one of its founding fathers, Richard Strauss. Renée Fleming, Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra unite for a programme of song, opera and tone poem, genres central to the composer’s extraordinarily fruitful career. Fleming interprets four of his songs with orchestra, including the deeply moving Befreit, and provides a substantial taste of perhaps her finest operatic role, Arabella. New vistas then open as Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic take the spectacular mountain journey mapped by the composer in his titanic Alpine Symphony.