Great Performances

Renee Fleming & Dmitri Hvorostovsky: A Musical Ody

Season 35, Episode 12 of 12

American soprano Renee Fleming travels to Russia for a special visit to St. Petersburg with her friend and frequent co-star, Russianbaritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky. There in the "Venice of theNorth, "they explore and perform in some of the most spectacular locations of a city that was born in the remarkable mind and imagination of the young Czar Peter the Great (a city that he named not for himself, but for Saint Peter). St. Petersburg is a city of palaces, and Fleming and Hvorostovsky take in three of the most memorable, all of them on the water. First is the Winter Palace, also known as the Hermitage, built with one entire facade facing the Neva River. Next on the tour is the Yusupov Palace (the scene of Rasputin's murder); and lastly, the Peterhof with its fantastic fountains on the Gulf of Finland. In each location, they sing arias and duets by Veri and Tchaikovsky, as well as the Russian songs of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.

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