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One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano RENÉE FLEMING captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. Known as “the people’s diva” and named 2012 Female Singer of the Year by the German Echo awards, she continues to grace the world’s greatest opera stages and concert halls, now extending her reach to include other musical forms and media.
Renée Fleming has been sought after on numerous distinguished occasions, from the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the opening Olympic Committee Gala for the 2012 London Olympics. In January 2009, Ms. Fleming was featured in the televised We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial concert. In June, in an historic first, Ms. Fleming sang on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth. Ms. Fleming has performed for the US Supreme Court and, in 2009, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Czech Republic’s “Velvet Revolution” at the invitation of Václav Havel. An additional distinction came in 2008, when Ms. Fleming became the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to solo headline an opening night gala.
Ms. Fleming was heard last summer in the title role of Arabella at the Opera Bastille, under the baton of Philippe Jordan. In August, she was the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier in Munich, conducted by Constantin Trinks. At the Metropolitan Opera this fall, she sang Desdemona in Otello, conducted by Semyon Bychkov. Her concert calendar this year has included the gala opening of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra season, the inaugural concerts of Christian Thielemann as the Principal Conductor of the Dresden Staatskapelle, the inaugural gala of Yannick Nézet-Séguin as music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as appearances with the Seattle, Vancouver, Oregon, Colorado, San Antonio, Santiago and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras. Her 2012-13 recital schedule includes Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Quito, Bogota, Guayaquil, Geneva, London, Paris, Vienna, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Taipei.
A three-time Grammy winner, Ms. Fleming won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance for Verismo. Poèmes, her album of French 20th-Century music, has been nominated for the 2013 Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Solo. In February, 2012, Ms. Fleming received the Victoire d’Honneur, the highest award conveyed by Victoires de la Musique. In recent years, this 13-time Grammy nominated artist has recorded a diverse range of music, from Strauss’s Daphne, to the jazz album Haunted Heart, to film soundtracks: The Lord of the Rings and Alexandre Desplat’s theme song “Still Dream” for Dreamworks’ Rise of the Guardians. Recent DVD releases include Handel's Rodelinda, Massenet’s Thaïs and Rossini’s Armida, all three in the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series, and Verdi’s La Traviata, filmed at London’s Royal Opera House. Among her numerous awards are the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Sweden’s Polar Prize, the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, Honorary Membership in the Royal Academy of Music, and honorary doctorates from Carnegie Mellon University, the Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School.
Ms. Fleming is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Hall Corporation and the Board of Sing for Hope. In 2010, she was named the first-ever Creative Consultant at Lyric Opera of Chicago.