My Secret Passion: The Arias

My Secret Passion: The Arias
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 20, 1998
LabelSony Classical
ProducerGrace Row and Michael Bolton
Michael Bolton chronology
All That Matters
My Secret Passion: The Arias
Timeless: The Classics Vol. 2
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide [2]

My Secret Passion: The Arias is the first classical album by Michael Bolton featuring the Philharmonia Orchestra under the direction of Steven Mercurio. The album includes a duet with Renée Fleming.

Due to lack of substantial promotion the album peaked on the Billboard Top 200 at an extremely low #112, marking the end of the period of chart success for Bolton.

Track listing[]

  1. "Pourquoi me réveiller?" from Werther by Jules Massenet - 2:57
  2. "Nessun dorma" from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini - 3:14
  3. "Una furtiva lagrima" from L'elisir d'amore by Gaetano Donizetti - 4:52
  4. "M'apparì" from Martha by Friedrich von Flotow - 3:08
  5. "Che gelida manina" from La bohème by Giacomo Puccini - 4:49
  6. "O soave fanciulla" from La bohème by Giacomo Puccini (Duet with Renée Fleming) - 4:26
  7. "Vesti la giubba" from Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo - 3:14
  8. "E lucevan le stelle" from Tosca by Giacomo Puccini - 3:17
  9. "Recondita armonia" from Tosca by Giacomo Puccini - 2:24
  10. "È la solita storia" from L'arlesiana by Francesco Cilea - 4:42
  11. "Celeste Aïda" from Aïda by Giuseppe Verdi - 3:38



  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 90. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. rolling stone michael bolton album guide.

In Popular Culture[]

In season 5 of the sitcom “The Nanny” lead characters Fran and Maxwell go to launch party of this album on what winds up a disastrous date. Michael Bolton makes an appearance and performs “Nessun Dorma” in the episode.