Episode Detail: New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve Gala Concert - Live from Lincoln Center
Renee Fleming sings arias from three Massenet operas and the New York Philharmonic also plays works by Debussy, Ravel, Bizet and Offenbach. Andrew Davis conducts the all-French concert, a “meatier” program than the operettas and Strauss waltzes that usually dominate New Year's concerts, Fleming says. “If you attend these things year after year, gala programs do start to get a little tired,” she adds. “This will be nice for a change.” The program includes “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” (Debussy); “Sheherazade” (Ravel); orchestral suite from “Carmen” (Bizet); the arias “Il est doux,” from “Herodiade”; “L'amour ist un vertu rare,” from “Thais”; and “Gavotte,” from “Manon” (Massenet); “Orpheus in the Underworld” overture (Offenbach).