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Renée Fleming
Renée Fleming
(born February 14, 1959) is an American opera singer and soprano whose repertoire encompasses Richard Strauss, Mozart, Handel, bel canto, lieder, French opera
French opera
and chansons, jazz and indie rock.[1] Fleming has a full lyric soprano voice.[2] She has performed coloratura, lyric, and lighter spinto soprano operatic roles in Italian, German, French, Czech, and Russian, aside from her native English. She also speaks fluent German and French, along with limited Italian. Her signature roles include Countess Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Desdemona in Verdi's Otello, Violetta in Verdi's La traviata, the title role in Dvořák's Rusalka, the title role in Massenet's Manon, the title role in Massenet's Thaïs, the title role in Richard Strauss's Arabella, the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, and the Countess in Capriccio. A National Medal of Arts
National Medal of Arts
and Richard Tucker Award winner, she regularly performs in opera houses and concert halls worldwide. In 2008, she was awarded the Swedish Polar Music Prize
Polar Music Prize
for her services in music. She serves as Creative Consultant for the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Conductor Sir Georg Solti
Georg Solti
said of Fleming, "In my long life, I have met maybe two sopranos with this quality of singing; the other was Renata Tebaldi."[2]


1 Early life and education 2 Career

2.1 1980s 2.2 1990s 2.3 2000s 2.4 2010s

3 Personal life 4 Popular recordings 5 TV, radio and record guest appearances 6 Repertory 7 Partial discography

7.1 CD 7.2 DVD

8 Honors 9 Publications 10 References 11 External links

Early life and education[edit] A daughter of two music teachers, Fleming was born on February 14, 1959, in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Rochester, New York. She has great-grandparents who were born in Prague
and later emigrated to the US.[3][4] Fleming attended Churchville-Chili High School. She studied with Patricia Misslin at the Crane School of Music
Crane School of Music
at the State University of New York at Potsdam. While at SUNY Potsdam, she took up singing with a jazz trio in an off-campus bar called Alger's. The jazz saxophonist Illinois Jacquet
Illinois Jacquet
invited her on tour with his big band, but she chose instead to continue with graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music
Eastman School of Music
in Rochester, New York
Rochester, New York
with voice teacher John Maloy. She won a Fulbright Scholarship, which enabled her to work in Europe with Arleen Augér and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. She then sang at jazz clubs to pay for further studies at the Juilliard
School.[5] While at Juilliard
she sang in roles with the Juilliard
Opera Center, appearing as Musetta in Puccini's La bohème
La bohème
and the Wife in Menotti's Tamu-Tamu, among others.[6][7] Her voice teacher at Juilliard
was Beverley Peck Johnson.[8] Career[edit] 1980s[edit] Fleming first began performing professionally in smaller concerts and with small opera companies while still a graduate student at Juilliard. She sang frequently in the Musica Viva concert series sponsored by the New York Unitarian Church of All Souls
Unitarian Church of All Souls
during the 1980s.[9] In 1984 she sang nine songs by Hugo Wolf
Hugo Wolf
in the world premiere of Eliot Feld's ballet Adieu, which she again performed in 1987 and 1989 at the Joyce Theater.[10] In 1986 she sang her first major operatic role, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, at the Salzburger Landestheater. Two years later she portrayed Thalie, Clarine and La Folie in Jean-Philippe Rameau's Platée
with the Piccolo Teatro Dell Opera.[11] Her first major break came in 1988 when she won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions at age 29. That same year she sang the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro in her debut with Houston Grand Opera. She reprised the role the following year in her debut at the Spoleto Festival.[12] Also in 1989, Fleming made her debut with the New York City
New York City
Opera as Mimì in La bohème
La bohème
under conductor Chris Nance and her debut with The Royal Opera, London, as Dircé in Cherubini's Médée. She also was awarded a Richard Tucker Career Grant and won the George London Competition.[13][14] 1990s[edit] In 1990 she was once again honored by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation but this time with the highly coveted Richard Tucker Award.[15] That same year she made her debut with Seattle Opera
Seattle Opera
in her first portrayal of the title role in Rusalka, a role that she has since recorded and reprised at many of the world's great opera houses. She also sang for the 50th anniversary of the American Ballet
Theatre in their production of Eliot Feld's Les Noces and returned to the New York City Opera to sing both the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro and Micaela in Bizet's Carmen. She sang the title role in the U.S. premiere presentation of Donizetti's 1841 opera Maria Padilla
Maria Padilla
with Opera Omaha.[16] In addition, she sang the title role in Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia with the Opera Orchestra of New York.[17][18] Fleming made her Metropolitan Opera
Metropolitan Opera
and San Francisco Opera
San Francisco Opera
debut portraying Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro in 1991. She was originally not scheduled to make her Met debut until the following season, but stepped in to replace Felicity Lott who had become ill.[19] She returned to the Met later that year to sing Rosina in the world premiere of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles. Continuing her progress, she made her Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall
debut performing music by Ravel with the New York City
New York City
Opera Orchestra, sang Rusalka with Houston Grand Opera, and made her debut at the Tanglewood Music Festival as Ilia in Mozart's Idomeneo
with Seiji Ozawa
Seiji Ozawa
and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.[20][21] 1992 saw Fleming making her debut with Grand Théâtre de Genève
Grand Théâtre de Genève
as Fiordiligi in Mozart's Così fan tutte,[22] and she sang the role of Anna in Boieldieu's La dame blanche
La dame blanche
at Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall
with the Opera Orchestra of New York and the role of Fortuna in Mozart's Il sogno di Scipione at Alice Tully Hall, as part of Lincoln Center's Festival of Mozart Operas in Concert.[23][24] Fleming sang the role of Alaide in Bellini's La straniera
La straniera
in a concert performance by the Opera Orchestra of New York; made her debut at the Rossini Opera Festival in the title role of Rossini's Armida; and debuted with the Lyric Opera of Chicago
Lyric Opera of Chicago
in the title role of Carlisle Floyd's Susannah.[25] She also gave her New York City
New York City
solo recital debut at Alice Tully Hall to great acclaim,[26] sang her first Pamina in Mozart's The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera, and performed Alban Berg's "Three Excerpts from Wozzeck and the "Lulu Suite" with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra under James Levine.[27][28] The same season saw her singing in the world premiere of Joan Tower's Fanfare with Pinchas Zukerman and the Aspen Chamber Symphony[29] and in the world premiere of John Kander's Letter From Sullivan Ballou at the Richard Tucker Awards ceremony.[30] In June 1993, the American soprano Arleen Auger
Arleen Auger
died, a victim of cancer. Fleming performed some recital pieces during Auger's funeral in Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel
Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel
in New York City. During the 1993/1994 season, Fleming sang her first Desdemona in Verdi's Otello
and her first Ellen Orford in Britten's Peter Grimes, both with the Metropolitan Opera.[31] During the following summer, she made her debut at the Glyndebourne Festival as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro.[32] In addition, she performed the role of Madame de Tourvel in the world premiere of Conrad Susa's The Dangerous Liaisons. The 1994/1995 San Francisco Opera's season included her Salome in Massenet's Hérodiade.[33] In 1995 Fleming portrayed the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier
Der Rosenkavalier
with Houston Grand Opera; sang Hérodiade
with the Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall; and sang Rusalka
with the San Francisco Opera.[34] Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte
Così fan tutte
with Solti at Royal Festival Hall in London followed, as did a lauded recital at the Morgan Library.[35] A highlight of 1996 was her signing of an exclusive recording contract with the London/Decca label, making her the first American singer in 31 years to do so, the last having been Marilyn Horne.[36] The title role in Rossini's Armida
at the Pesaro Festival in Italy also came in 1996. Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte
Così fan tutte
at the Met followed, as did the soprano solo in the Verdi Requiem
Verdi Requiem
with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.[37] Her debut in the role of Marguerite in Gounod's Faust came with Chicago Lyric Opera, and she sang the role of Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni
with the Paris Opera at the reopening of the Palais Garnier
Palais Garnier
with Sir Georg Solti. Solti chose Fleming to be the first recipient of his "Solti Prize", an award given to an outstanding younger singer, and given by the "Académie du disque lyrique" in a ceremony equivalent to the Grammy Awards.[38] That year, Fleming debuted at the Bayreuth Festival
Bayreuth Festival
as Eva in Wagner's Meistersinger.[39] Her other performances included recitals at the Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh International Festival
and at Alice Tully Hall.[40] Her first Manon
at the Opéra Bastille
Opéra Bastille
received glowing reviews[citation needed] in 1997. At the Bastille, she also reprised the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier
Der Rosenkavalier
as well as singing Marguerite in Faust and Rusalka
at the Met.[41] Two concert performances occurred: first with the New York Philharmonic, first under Zubin Mehta
Zubin Mehta
performing a selection of opera arias; the second singing Mozart's Exsultate, jubilate
Exsultate, jubilate
and three songs of Richard Strauss
Richard Strauss
with Kurt Masur. She appeared at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
and performed Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Orchestra of St. Luke's under André Previn. She gave recitals as well at notable venues such as the Salzburg Festival.[42] Two title roles were offered to Fleming in 1998. These were Richard Strauss' Arabella
with Houston Grand Opera
Houston Grand Opera
and Carlisle Floyd's Susannah. Also, there was Countess Almaviva in a landmark production of Le nozze di Figaro at the Met which also starred Cecilia Bartoli, Susanne Mentzer, Dwayne Croft, Danielle de Niese, and Bryn Terfel
Bryn Terfel
and which was broadcast on PBS' Great Performances.[43] She made her Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall
recital debut and sang Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs with Claudio Abbado
Claudio Abbado
and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra at the Salzburg Festival.[44] and later with the Berlin Philharmonic. She originated the roles of Blanche DuBois in the world première André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire with the San Francisco Opera in September 1998.[45] 1999 brought appearances at the Bavarian State Opera
Bavarian State Opera
as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier
Der Rosenkavalier
and she returned to Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall
to great success with a concert of German lieder. She also performed in recital with André Previn
André Previn
and made her debut at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival.[46] Fleming's CD, The Beautiful Voice, won her a Grammy Award
Grammy Award
that year. Performances of two new title roles were given: Handel's Alcina
with Les Arts Florissants and conductor William Christie and with the Lyric Opera of Chicago[47] and Charpentier's Louise with San Francisco Opera and Théâtre du Capitole.[48] Fleming closed out the year by performing for President Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
at the White House
White House
for a Christmas celebration.[49] 2000s[edit]

Fleming, April 2008

In 2000, Fleming appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera and at Covent Garden as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier
Der Rosenkavalier
and sang the title role in Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia with the Opera Orchestra of New York.[50] She appeared as Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni
at the Salzburg Festival and at the Met. She performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, under Mark Elder
Mark Elder
as part of the PBS
series Live From Lincoln Center and with the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Boston Symphony Orchestra
in Haydn's Creation under James Levine.[51] In June of that year she sang at the installation of New York Archbishop Edward Egan.[52] As Desdemona in Otello
she opened the 2001/02 Lyric Opera of Chicago season, Manon
with the Paris Opera, the Marschallin with both the San Francisco Opera and the Met, and Arabella
at both the Bavarian State Opera and the Met. She also sang in Verdi's Requiem twice, once with the London Symphony Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
and once with the New York Philharmonic. Fleming also sang at World Trade Center site
World Trade Center site
shortly after the September 11 attacks.[5] Taking a rather different approach, in 2002 Fleming provided the vocals for Howard Shore's soundtrack for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King soundtrack. Her singing can be found in the songs "The End of All Things", "Twilight and Shadow" and "The Return of the King" (Original Soundtrack) and "The Grace Of Undómiel", "Mount Doom", "The Eagles" and "The Fellowship Reunited" (The Complete Recordings). She also sang in several concerts in the United Kingdom with Bryn Terfel
Bryn Terfel
and gave the most extensive recital tour of her career, singing in dozens of recitals with accompanist Jean-Yves Thibaudet throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia. In addition, she portrayed the role of Rusalka
with Opéra Bastille and Imogene in Bellini's Il pirata
Il pirata
with Théâtre du Châtelet
Théâtre du Châtelet
in Paris. Her career at the Metropolitan Opera
Metropolitan Opera
continued in 2003 with Imogene and Violetta in La traviata. She sang the title role in Massenet's Thaïs with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, in addition to Rusalka
at Covent Garden and another Violetta with Houston Grand Opera. A reprise of Blanche in Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire took place at the Barbican Centre
Barbican Centre
in London. Met performances continued in 2004, with Fleming portraying Rodelinda in Handel's opera and reprises of Rusalka
and Violetta at the Met. She also sang her first Gräfin (Countess) in Capriccio at the Palais Garnier and performed in concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony
Boston Symphony
Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
among others. Recitals were given in Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, and the United States and performed in several concerts with Elton John
Elton John
at Radio City Music Hall. Massenet's Manon
at the Met, Desdemona in Verdi's Otello
at Covent Garden, and Thaïs in Vienna were part of her 2005 repertoire, in addition to concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
among several other ensembles. In 2006, Fleming performed a solo concert at the Lyric Opera of Chicago with Sir Andrew Davis, sang Violetta in La traviata
La traviata
with Los Angeles Opera; returned to the Met to sing both Manon
and Rodelinda; and took up Violetta in the Met's touring production to Japan. Several recitals and concerts throughout the United States, Italy, Russia, Sweden and Austria took place, the latter being a celebration of Mozart's 250th Birthday with the Vienna Philharmonic
Vienna Philharmonic
which was broadcast live internationally.[53] She also recorded song cycles with pianist Brad Mehldau, which were released as Love Sublime.[54][55] Violetta reappeared the following year in Chicago; Tatyana in Eugene Onegin and Violetta were given at the Metropolitan Opera; her Arabella was seen at the Zurich Opera, as was Thaïs at the Théâtre du Châtelet, The Royal Opera, London, Vienna State Opera, and the Liceu, Barcelona. Performances with over a dozen orchestras, including the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra where she appeared as a Pennington Great Performers series artist. Additionally, Fleming appeared at numerous music festivals, including the Salzburg Festival and the Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center
Festival and she gave recitals throughout Southeast Asia, Germany, and Switzerland. The 2008/09 season resulted in Fleming singing Desdemona and Thais at the Metropolitan Opera, the Gräfin in Capriccio at the Vienna State Opera, Tatyana at the Tanglewood Music Festival, and Lucrezia Borgia[56] at the Washington National Opera.

Fleming, 2009

In 2009, Fleming created the complete version of Le temps l'horloge, the latest work of famous French composer Henri Dutilleux. She sang Violetta at Covent Garden and Rusalka
at the Metropolitan Opera, the Marschallin at the Baden-Baden Festival, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the Metropolitan Opera. She sang a variety of short pieces at Napa Valley's Festival del Sole
Festival del Sole
in California. During the 2009/2010 Metropolitan Opera
Metropolitan Opera
season Fleming sang the Marschallin as well as in Mary Zimmerman's new production of Rossini's Armida, given for the first time by the Met. She returned to that role during the Met's 2010/2011 season, along with the Gräfin in Capriccio. 2010s[edit] In an April 15, 2010, Wall Street Journal article, Fleming talked about her view of the battle between opera traditionalists and those who want to reinterpret the standards, siding – with some reservations – with the latter. "I'm not a reactionary. I've loved some of [these productions] when they've been well thought out", she said. "I have no problem with edgy, as long as it's not vulgar or disrespectful of the piece." Still, she said her "classic" image meant that she was unlikely to be asked to perform in such productions.[57] In the same interview, Fleming explained her increasing preference for performing in concerts, rather than opera productions, and said, having learned more than 50 operas, that she is unlikely to learn many more.[citation needed] At the Last Night of the Proms
Last Night of the Proms
in London in 2010, Fleming performed songs by Richard Strauss, Dvořák and Smetana. That November, the Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden
Quartet West released the jazz CD Sophisticated Ladies in which Fleming was a guest vocalist on the song "A Love Like This" by Ned Washington and Victor Young
Victor Young
while in December, the Board of Directors of Lyric Opera of Chicago
Lyric Opera of Chicago
announced that Fleming has been named Creative Consultant, a first in the company’s history.[58] On June 18, 2014, Fleming performed as a guest of honour at Tokyo Global Concert at New National Theatre, Tokyo. It was her third visit to Japan after the previous one eight years ago. Roberto Abbado conducted Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra in the concert.[59][60] On May 13, 2017, Fleming performed the role of the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier for the last time at the Metropolitan Opera.[61] Fleming sang the role of Nettie Fowler in a 2018 Broadway revival of Carousel at the Imperial Theatre. In a related Q&A with reporter Michael Cooper, published March 7, 2018 in The New York Times[62], Mr. Cooper commented: "Renée, Obviously no one’s expecting you to become Ethel Merman. Nettie Fowler, your character in “Carousel,” has often been sung by people with experience on the opera stage." To which she replied: "Well, I’m the first soprano I’ve been able to find to do this." But Fleming's reply is inaccurate and misleading. For example, soprano Cheryl Studer sang the role in a new production of the work which premiered in December 2016 and which ran through May 2017 at Theater Basel, Switzerland.[63] Classical music journalist Norman Lebrecht picked up on the story.[64] Personal life[edit] Fleming married actor Rick Ross in 1989, and they have two daughters together: Amelia and Sage. The couple divorced in 2000.[2][65] On September 3, 2011, Fleming married corporate lawyer Tim Jessell, whom she met on a blind date set up by author Ann Patchett.[66] On May 28, 2015, Fleming was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music by Harvard University.[67] Popular recordings[edit]

Fleming performs at We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18, 2009.

Fleming has released a number of music recordings on the Decca label. In 2000 she was a guest artist alongside the cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and the violinist Gil Shaham on the album Two Worlds by Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour. She recorded a jazz album in 2005 entitled Haunted Heart. She appears on the soundtrack of the 2003 film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in which she sings in the fictional language Sindarin. Renée Fleming
Renée Fleming
recorded the duet "O soave fanciulla" with Michael Bolton. Her album Dark Hope, released in June 2010, features covers of songs by Leonard Cohen, Band of Horses, Jefferson Airplane
Jefferson Airplane
and others.[68] Fleming appears on the soundtrack of the 2011 Steven Spielberg animated film The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn as the singing voice of opera diva Bianca Castafiore, singing Juliette's waltz from Gounod's Romeo et Juliette.[69] She recorded Alexandre Desplat's theme song "Still Dream" for the 2012 DreamWorks animated feature, Rise of the Guardians.[70] Fleming features in the song "You'll Never Know" of the soundtrack of the 2017 film The Shape of Water.[71] TV, radio and record guest appearances[edit] Fleming appeared on the children's show Sesame Street
Sesame Street
singing a lively rendition of "Caro nome" from Rigoletto, replacing the traditional Italian text with lyrics intended to aid children learning to count. She has performed several times on Garrison Keillor's popular public radio program A Prairie Home Companion.[citation needed] Fleming appeared as a " Special
Guest Vocalist" on Joe Jackson's 1994 album Night Music on the song "Lullaby". On November 18, 2005, Fleming appeared as guest on the BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
radio programme Desert Island Discs; her favourite was Joni Mitchell's 1971 song "River".[72] Fleming performed "I'll Be Home For Christmas" on ABC's The View on December 18, 2008. She performed on January 18, 2009, at We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, singing the Rodgers and Hammerstein
Rodgers and Hammerstein
classic "You'll Never Walk Alone" with the combined choirs of the United States Naval Academy. She had performed the same song at Concert for America, which marked the first anniversary of 9/11.[73] Fleming was featured on the first episode of the second season of HBO Masterclass. She led a master class in which she taught and mentored four aspiring college-aged singers. She was featured on Charlie Haden's Sophisticated Ladies (EmArcy, 2010) singing "a Love Like This". On Good Morning America
Good Morning America
on June 8, 2010, Fleming performed a cover of Muse's "Endlessly" from their album Absolution. On March 20, 2011, Fleming appeared in Grand Finale concert of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra
YouTube Symphony Orchestra
with the Sydney Children's Choir, performing Mozart's "Caro bell'idol mio" K562, under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas.[74] In less than one week, the concert had 33 million online views.[75] On June 4, 2012, she performed at the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of and on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. On September 26, 2013, Fleming sang the Top 10 List ("Top 10 Opera Lyrics") on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman.[76] In July 2014, Fleming played the role of an opera diva in a new comedy by Joe DiPietro, Living on Love directed by Kathleen Marshall, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; Fleming made her Broadway debut in this play at the Longacre Theatre
Longacre Theatre
in April 2015.[77] On February 2, 2014, Fleming was the first opera singer to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" as part of the Super Bowl XLVIII
Super Bowl XLVIII
pre-game ceremonies, performing to a standing ovation and helping to propel the Fox Network
Fox Network
to the highest ratings of any television program in the network's history. It also built up what was then the largest audience in the history of American television,[78] until it was eclipsed by NBC's airing of Super Bowl XLIX
Super Bowl XLIX
the following year. Repertory[edit]

Year (debut) Role Composer Opera Location

1978 Laurie Moss Aaron Copland The Tender Land Crane School of Music
Crane School of Music
– SUNY Potsdam

1979 Alison Gustav Holst The Wandering Scholar Crane School of Music
Crane School of Music
– SUNY Potsdam

1980 Elsie Maynard Gilbert and Sullivan The Yeomen of the Guard Crane School of Music
Crane School of Music
– SUNY Potsdam

1981 Zerlina Mozart Don Giovanni Eastman School of Music

1982 Anne Sexton Conrad Susa Transformations Aspen Music Festival and School

1983 Countess Almaviva Mozart The Marriage of Figaro Aspen Music Festival and School

1983 Musetta Puccini La bohème Juilliard
Opera Center

1986 Konstanze Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail Salzburger Landestheater

1986 Frasquita Bizet Carmen Virginia Opera

1986 Belle Fezziwig & Laundress, Martha Cratchit, Rosie Thea Musgrave A Christmas Carol Virginia Opera

1987 the Wife Menotti Tamu-Tamu Juilliard
Opera Center

1988 Thalie, Clarine, La Folie Jean-Philippe Rameau Platée Piccolo Teatro Dell Opera

1988 Pamina Mozart The Magic Flute Virginia Opera

1989 Mimì Puccini La bohème New York City
New York City

1989 Dircé Cherubini Médée Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

1989 Imogene Bellini Il pirata Opera Orchestra of New York

1990 Rusalka Dvořák Rusalka Seattle Opera

1990 Micaëla Bizet Carmen New York City
New York City

1990 Lucrezia Borgia Donizetti Lucrezia Borgia Opera Orchestra of New York

1990 Maria Padilla Donizetti Maria Padilla Opera Omaha

1991 Rosina Corigliano The Ghosts of Versailles Metropolitan Opera

1991 Ilia Mozart Idomeneo Tanglewood Music Festival

1991 Amina Bellini La sonnambula Carnegie Hall

1991 Thaïs Massenet Thaïs Washington Concert Opera

1991 Sandrina Mozart La finta giardiniera Paris, Salle Pleyel

1992 La Contessa di Folleville Rossini Il viaggio a Reims Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

1992 Fiordiligi Mozart Così fan tutte Grand Théâtre de Genève

1992 Anna Boieldieu La dame blanche Carnegie Hall

1992 Fortuna Mozart Il sogno di Scipione Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center

1992 Tatyana Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Dallas Opera

1993 Armida Rossini Armida Pesaro, Rossini Festival

1993 Donna Elvira Mozart Don Giovanni Teatro alla Scala

1993 Alaide Bellini La straniera Carnegie Hall

1993 Susannah Floyd Susannah Lyric Opera of Chicago

1993 Lulu Alban Berg Symphonic Pieces from Lulu Metropolitan Concert/Gala at Ann Arbor, Michigan

1993 Jenůfa Leoš Janáček Jenůfa Dallas Opera

1994 Desdemona Verdi Otello Metropolitan Opera

1994 Ellen Orford Britten Peter Grimes Metropolitan Opera

1994 Madame de Tourvel Conrad Susa The Dangerous Liaisons San Francisco Opera

1994 Salome Massenet Hérodiade San Francisco Opera

1994 Rosmonda Clifford Donizetti Rosmonda d'Inghilterra London

1995 Marschallin R. Strauss Der Rosenkavalier Houston Grand Opera

1995 Amelia Verdi Simone Boccanegra Royal Opera at Covent Garden

1996 Marguerite Gounod Faust Lyric Opera of Chicago

1996 Donna Anna Mozart Don Giovanni Opéra national de Paris

1996 Eva Wagner Die Meistersinger
von Nürnberg Bayreuth Festival

1997 Manon Massenet Manon Opéra Bastille

1998 Arabella R. Strauss Arabella Houston Grand Opera

1998 Blanche DuBois André Previn A Streetcar Named Desire San Francisco Opera

1998 Gabriel / Eva Joseph Haydn Die Schöpfung Tanglewood Music Festival

1999 Alcina Handel Alcina Opéra national de Paris

1999 Louise Charpentier Louise San Francisco Opera

2003 Violetta Verdi La traviata Houston Grand Opera

2004 Rodelinda Handel Rodelinda Metropolitan Opera

2004 Gräfin R. Strauss Capriccio Palais Garnier

2005 Daphne R. Strauss Daphne University of Michigan

2010 Hanna Glawari Lehár The Merry Widow Semperoper

2012 Ariadne R. Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos Baden-Baden

2018 Nettie Fowler Rodgers and Hammerstein Carousel Imperial Theatre, Broadway

Partial discography[edit] CD[edit]

Donizetti: Rosmonda d'Inghilterra, Opera Rara 1994 Strauss Four Last Songs, RCA 1996 Visions of Love – Mozart Arias, Decca 1996 Schubert Lieder, Decca 1997 Signatures – Great Opera Scenes, arias by Mozart, Verdi, Britten, Strauss, with Sir Georg Solti, Decca 1997 Elijah (Mendelssohn), Decca 1997 Rusalka
(1997) A Streetcar Named Desire (1997) The Beautiful Voice, Decca 1998 I Want Magic American Opera Arias, Decca 1998 Star Crossed Lovers Duets with Plácido Domingo, Decca 1999 Strauss Heroines, Decca 1999 Requiem (Verdi)
Requiem (Verdi)
with Andrea Bocelli, Olga Borodina
Olga Borodina
and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, conducted by Valery Gergiev, Philips 2001 Renée Fleming, Decca 2001 Night Songs Lieder by Debussy, Fauré, Marx, Strauss, Rachmaninov, Decca 2001 Thaïs (2001) Manon
(2001) Bel Canto Arias by Donizetti, Bellini, Rossini, Decca 2002 Under the Stars Broadway Duets with Bryn Terfel, Decca 2003 By Request, Decca 2003 Mozart: Così fan tutte, Decca Handel: Alcina, Erato Rossini: Armida, Sony (live) Mozart: Don Giovanni, Decca Massenet: Hérodiade, Sony (live) Handel Arias, Decca 2003/2004 Requiem (Verdi), Philips 2004 Haunted Heart, Decca 2005 Sacred Songs, Decca 2005 Homage – The Age of the Diva, Decca 2006 Love Sublime
Love Sublime
Song cycles with Brad Mehldau, Nonesuch, 2006 Strauss: Daphne, Decca Four Last Songs
Four Last Songs
by Richard Strauss, Decca 2008 Verismo – Arias of Puccini, Mascagni, Cilea, Giordano, Leoncavallo, Decca 2009 Dark Hope, Decca 2010 Poèmes
– French songs, Decca 2012 Guilty Pleasures – Wide range of opera arias, Decca 2013 Christmas in New York, Decca 2014 Distant Light, Decca 2017


Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin, Decca 2007 Verdi: La traviata, Decca 2007 Mozart: Don Giovanni, Deutsche Grammophon 2005 Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro, NVC Arts 1999 Massenet: Manon, Arthaus 2009 Rossini: Armida, Decca 2011 Strauss, R: Arabella, Decca 2008 Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier, Decca Strauss, R: Capriccio, Decca 2011 Strauss, R: Capriccio, Arthaus 2011 Strauss, R: Ariadne auf Naxos, Decca 2013 Verdi: Otello, Deutsche Grammophon 2004 Dvořák: Rusalka, Arthaus 2009 Massenet: Thaïs, Decca 2010 Handel: Rodelinda, Decca 2012 Previn: A Streetcar Named Desire, Arthaus 1999 Ladies and Gentlemen Miss Renée Fleming
Renée Fleming
(documentary) Decca 2002 The Kindness of Strangers (documentary) Arthaus 2001 Metropolitan Opera: The Audition (documentary)


President Barack Obama
Barack Obama
awards Renée Fleming
Renée Fleming
the 2012 National Medal of Arts.

1993: Honorary member of Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraternity for Women[79] Fleming received the 1999 Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Classical Vocal Performance for her album The Beautiful Voice. In 2000, Chef Daniel Boulud
Daniel Boulud
named a dessert, La Diva Renée, after her.[80] Ann Patchett
Ann Patchett
used Fleming as the inspiration for a character in the 2001 novel Bel Canto.[81] Fleming received the 2003 Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Classical Vocal Performance for her album Bel Canto. In 2003, Fleming was awarded Honorary Membership in the Royal Academy of Music. Also in 2003, Fleming received an Honorary Doctorate from the Juilliard
School, and she was the Speaker for the Commencement Ceremony.[82] In 2005, she was made a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur. In 2008, Fleming was awarded the Polar Music Prize
Polar Music Prize
"in recognition of her sublime unparalleled voice and unique stylistic versatility."[83] Fleming's 2009 album Verismo was awarded the Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Classical Vocal Performance.[84] In 2011, Fleming received an Honorary Doctorate from the Eastman School of Music.[85] Also in 2011, Fleming was the recipient of the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal.[86] In February 2012, Fleming was awarded the Victoire d'Honneur prize by France's Victoires de la musique classique.[87] In October 2012, Fleming was named Singer of the Year by the German ECHO Klassik Awards.[88] In February 2013, Fleming received her fourth Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Classical Vocal Solo for her album Poèmes. Fleming was awarded the 2012 National Medal of Arts.[89] In March 2017, Fleming's album Signatures was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry
National Recording Registry
by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant."[90]


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