Fishbach is an independent artist from the unprecedent and rich young french-singing scene ( she's 25 yo). Her inspirations come from 80s scene melodies and make you think about french artists like Catherine Ringer or Desireless. Her main instruments are her Telecaster, enhanced with a lot of synth and reverbs, and her voice. She can sing with a voice as low, strong and vibrant on some songs as high, light and delicates on others. Her lyrics address themes such as love and death, joy and pain, or loneliness in a very french romantic way. After a debut EP released on french label Les disques Entreprise in 2015, her upcoming album is due to come on January 27 of 2017 on the same label. If you like french artists such as Grand Blanc, La Femme, Flavien Berger and Buvette, you should have an instant crush with Fishbach.
Dvorak’s enchanting fairytale of the water-nymph Rusalka has been a signature role for Renée Fleming for the past 25 years. The Gramophone Classical Music Guide writes: “Renée Fleming's tender and heartwarming account of Rusalka's Song to the Moon reflects the fact that the role of the lovelorn water nymph, taken by her in a highly successful production at the MET in New York, has become one of her favourites”.
Unlike Rameau's other operatic output, 'Le Temple de la Gloire' has been incomprehensibly neglected on disc and on the stage until very recently. There have been a few recordings of the dances from the opera, arranged into suites, but this is the first recording of the complete work. The libretto by Voltaire involves mainly allegorical, symbolic and mythical characters, but its intention is serious – namely to demonstrate his philosophy advocating tolerance, freedom, the welfare and contentment of the people. Of course these are concepts which few of us would argue with today, but it was a different matter under the absolutism of the 18th century.
One of the composers's most beguiling scores, La Favorite is Donizetti's La favorita in its original form – a tale of love and war that represents a glorious mix of Italian bel canto and 19th-century grand opera. Vincent Boussard's production for Toulouse does full justice to its renewed masterpiece status, accentuating the work's intimacy through economical sets and Christian Lacroix's striking costumes, thus drawing attention to the opera's three main characters played by Yijie Shi, Ludovic Tézier and Kate Aldrich.