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Renée Fleming

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Renée Fleming, among the best-loved and flexible sopranos from the past due 20th and early 21st hundreds of years, has been referred to as “the people’s diva,” as well as perhaps comes closer than some other singer of her time and energy to as an old-fashioned operatic superstar. Her smart repertoire decisions possess allowed her to accept a multitude of functions throughout her profession, including Baroque opera, Mozart, the Italian bel canto repertoire, Verdi, Massenet, Puccini, Richard Strauss, several modern operas, and tunes from all eras. Her tone of voice is notable because of its fullness, warmness, its creamy firmness quality, and her capability to spin out longer, velvety, legato lines. She actually is known for the strength and integrity of her dramatic portrayals and her participating stage existence. Fleming was created in Indiana, Pa, on Feb 14, 1959. Her parents had been senior high school vocal music instructors in Rochester, NY, where she mainly was raised. In 1981, she graduated through the State College or university of NY at Potsdam (where she sang within a jazz trio in a bar) using a level in music education and continuing her musical research on the Eastman College of Music, which she credits with offering her a solid educational and theoretical background. From 1983 to 1987, she was signed up for the American Opera Middle at Juilliard, where she fulfilled Beverley Johnston, the tone of voice instructor with whom she’d continue to research throughout her profession. Fleming also recalls with admiration the entire year she spent learning Lieder with Arleen Augér, on the Fulbright Scholarship or grant. In 1988, she earned the Metropolitan Opera Country wide Council Auditions as well as the George London Award (within the same week), as well as the Eleanor McCollum Competition in Houston. Fleming sang the Countess in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro on the Houston Grand Opera in 1988, produced her NEW YORK Opera debut in 1989 as Mimi in La bohème, and her Covent Backyard debut as Glauce in Cherubini’s Medea afterwards that season. In 1991, she produced her acclaimed Met debut, moving set for an indisposed Felicity Lott because the Countess within the Relationship of Figaro. The Countess was her debut function in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA (1991), Vienna Condition Opera (1993), and Glyndebourne (1994). In 1993, she produced her debut at La Scala as Donna Elvira, and she sang Eva on the 1996 Bayreuth Celebration. After that, she has continuing performances on the world’s leading opera homes and concert halls and it has continued to broaden her repertoire. One of the jobs for which she’s earned acclaim are Handel’s Alcina and Rodelinda; Rossini’s Armida, Violetta, Manon, Thaïs, Tatyana, and Rusalka; and many jobs in Strauss operas, like the Marschallin, Daphne, Arabella, as well as the Countess in Capriccio. She developed the function of Rosina in Corigliano’s The Spirits of Versailles in 1991, Madame Tourvel in Conrad Susa’s Harmful Liaisons in 1994, and Blanche DuBois in André Previn’s A Streetcar Called Desire in 1998. She’s garnered praise on her behalf many recordings, both on Disc, continues to be nominated for 12 Grammy Honours and has received four, in 1996, 1999, 2010, and 2013. Furthermore to her function in the traditional repertoire, Fleming offers recorded modern pop tunes, jazz, and film soundtracks. She’s hosted several tv and radio broadcasts, like the Metropolitan Opera’s Reside in HD series, and Live from Lincoln Middle for PBS. Her honors consist of Sweden’s Polar Reward (2008), designation as Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur from your French authorities (2005), Honorary Regular membership within the Royal Academy of Music (2003), along with a 2003 Honorary Doctorate from your Juilliard College. In 2012 she received the U.S. Country wide Medal from the Arts from Chief executive Barack Obama. Fleming’s actions in mid-career possess continued showing energy in traditional stations, but she’s also, while generally staying away from “crossover” releases, used her history in vernacular music. She’s appeared, among a great many other functions at top homes, as Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello in at London’s Covent Backyard in 2005 with the Metropolitan Opera in NY in 2008-2009. Her recordings possess included a 2013 creation of Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos from Baden-Baden, Germany, released by Decca on Dvd and blu-ray in 2013. Her documenting schedule offers intensified; since 2003 she’s released a minimum of 15 CDs, covering from traditional repertory to jazz (Haunted Center, 2005, and Like Sublime, 2006) and indie rock and roll (Dark Wish, 2010, as well as the band of Björk tunes included on Distant Light, 2017). Fleming offers prevented traditional operatic stylings in her pop and jazz produces. She is the writer of the memoir, The Internal Tone of voice: The Producing of a Vocalist. .

Quick Facts


Full Name Renée Fleming
Date Of Birth February 14, 1959
Height 1.68 m
Profession Actor, Consultant, Television producer, Opera Singer
Education State University of New York at Potsdam, Eastman School of Music, Crane School of Music, Juilliard School
Nationality American
Spouse Tim Jessell, Richard Lee Ross
Children Sage Fleming, Amelia Fleming
Parents Patricia Seymour Alexander, Edwin Fleming
Awards Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album, Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album, Classic Brit Award for Female Artist of the Year, Classic Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music
Music Songs Gianni Schicchi: "O mio babbino caro", Die lustige Witwe: Lippen schweigen, Ave Maria, Laudamus te, L'adieu Des Bergers, Mariettas Lied, Panis Angelicus, Bellini: Norma / Act 1 - Casta Diva, No One’s Gonna Love You, Hallelujah, Björk: All Is Full Of Love, Dank sei dir, Herr, Maria Wiegenlied, Cacilie, Abends will ich schlafen gehn, Endlessly, Simple Song, Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op.24, Central Park Serenade, Eugen Onegin: "Nu, zaboitalas ya!" - "Puskai pogilabnu ya, no pryezhde", Domine Deus, Haunted Heart, Un bel dì vedremo, Mad World, Amazing Grace, Silver Bells, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Gia nella notte densa, Love Unspoken, Touch The Hand of Love, Porgi, amor, Und du wirst mein Gebieter sein
Albums Distant Light, Dark Hope, Sacred Songs, Christmas in New York, Signatures: Great Opera Scenes, Haunted Heart, Night Songs, Love Sublime, The Art of Renée Fleming, Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin, Poèmes, Richard Strauss: Arabella, R. Strauss Four Last Songs (Deluxe Version), Homage: The Age of the Diva, Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2009, Live), Guilty Pleasures, Strauss Heroines, Under the Stars, Verismo, Handel Arias, Mozart Arias, Mendelssohn: Elijah, Bel Canto, Donizetti: (Renée Fleming Sings) Rosmonda D'Inghilterra, Schubert Lieder, Berg: Lyric Suite; Wellesz: Sonnets By Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Op.52, R. Strauss: Daphne, Winter In New York, Previn: Diversions / Songs, Mozart: Don Giovanni (QS) (Eloquence), The Beautiful Voice, "Homage" - The Age of the Diva (Simplified Metadata), Two Worlds, Prelude to a Kiss, Renée Fleming (Simplified Metadata), Sacred Songs (Simplified Metadata), Massenet: Thaïs, I Want Magic!, Verdi: La Traviata, By Request, Tonight - Welthits von Berlin bis Broadway (Live) (Live), Mozart: Così Fan Tutte
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording, Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, Classic Brit Award for Singer of the Year, Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera
Movies In Search of Mozart, Bride of the Wind


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#Fact
1 Counts Paris (France) as her second home where she performs annually.
2 Living in Stamford, Connecticut.
3 One night holiday concert on December 6, 2005 at the Wortham Center's Brown Theater in Houston, Texas. [December 2005]
4 Honorary Member of Sigma Alpha Iota, professional music fraternity for women
5 Two daughters, Amelia, born 1992 and Sage, born 1995
6 Wrote a book entitled "The Inner Voice", released November 4, 2004.
7 Sang in a jazz trio while studying at the State University of New York at Potsdam and later toured as a singer with Illinois Jacquet's big band.
8 Studied at the Juilliard School and holds degrees from the State University of New York at Potsdam and the Eastman School of Music. Early recognition includes the 1988 Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, the Richard Tucker Award, the George London Prize, the Grand Prix at the International Singing Competition in Belgium, and a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany.
9 She was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Rochester, New York.
10 Both of her parents were voice teachers.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Metropolitan Opera HD Live 2007-2015 TV Series Countess Hanna Glawari Rusalka ...
Great Performances 1994-2014 TV Series Soprano / Blanche Dubois / Mme. de Tourvel
Arabella 2014 TV Movie Arabella
A Recital with Renée Fleming: Vienna at the Turn of the 20th Century 2014 TV Movie Soprano
Lucrezia Borgia 2013 Lucrezia Borgia
Muzykalnaya odisseya v Peterburge 2011
Margaret 2011/I Opera Singer
La Traviata 2009 TV Movie Violetta Valéry
Der Rosenkavalier 2009 TV Movie Feldmarschallin
La Traviata 2006 Violetta Valéry
Capriccio 2004 TV Movie The Countess
Rusalka 2002 TV Movie Rusalka
Manon 2001 TV Movie Manon Lescaut
Bride of the Wind 2001 Frances Alda
Don Giovanni 2000 TV Movie Donna Anna
The Metropolitan Opera Presents 1996-1998 TV Series Countess Almaviva Desdemona
Le nozze di Figaro 1994 TV Movie The Countess
The Ghosts of Versailles 1992 TV Movie Rosina

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Now You See Me 2 2016 performer: "O Mio Babbino Caro - Gianni Schicchi"
The Metropolitan Opera HD Live 2007-2014 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Rise of the Guardians 2012 performer: "Still Dream"
The Diamond Jubilee Concert 2012 TV Special performer: "Un bel dì vedremo"
The Adventures of Tintin 2011 performer: "Ah, je veux vivre"
Margaret 2011/I performer: "Barcarolle Belle nuit"
Point Blank 2010 as Renee Flemming, "Ebben? Ne andrò lontana"
Underbara älskade 2006 performer: "Così fan tutte. Soave sia il vento"
Broken Sky 2006 performer: "Mesicku na nebi hlubokem Song to the Moon" from Rusalka
Closer 2004/I performer: "Bella vita militar!", "Non v'e piu tempo, anici", "Di scriverni ogni giorno", "Eccovi il medico, signore belle!", "Dammi un bacio, o mio tesoro"
Look at Me 2004 "Soave sia il vento"
Piglet's Big Movie 2003 performer: "Comforting to Know"
Bride of the Wind 2001 performer: "Rückert-Lieder: No. 5, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen"
A Midsummer Night's Dream 1999 performer: "Brindisi", "Casta diva"
Immortal Beloved 1994 performer: "Missa Solemnis in D Major, Op. 123"
Voyage of Terror: The Achille Lauro Affair 1990 TV Movie performer: "Come Sail Away"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 featured soloist
9 de Abril de 1948 2002 Documentary singer

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Performances 2015 TV Series executive producer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wayne Shorter: Zero Gravity 2017 Documentary Herself
Live from Lincoln Center 2005-2016 TV Series Herself / Herself - Vocalist / Herself - Host / ...
The Metropolitan Opera HD Live 2007-2016 TV Series Herself - Host / Herself - Special Guest Interviewer / Himself - Host
38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2015 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Fox News Sunday 2015 TV Series Herself - Power Player of the Week
Great Performances 2007-2015 TV Series Herself / Herself - Host
Fox and Friends 2014 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Good Morning America 2014 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael 2014 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Renée Fleming: Christmas in New York 2014 TV Movie Herself
The 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014 TV Movie Herself
Tavis Smiley 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
Super Bowl XLVIII 2014 TV Special Herself - National Anthem Performer
The View 2004-2014 TV Series Herself / Herself - Musical Guest
Late Show with David Letterman 2003-2013 TV Series Herself
Lidia Celebrates America 2013 TV Series documentary Herself
Histoires d'opéras 2013 TV Series documentary Herself
The Diamond Jubilee Concert 2012 TV Special Herself - Performer
Masterclass 2012 TV Series Herself
Renée Fleming: A YoungArts MasterClass 2012 TV Movie documentary Herself
Charlie Rose 1999-2012 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
Les victoires de la musique classique 2012 TV Series Herself
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 2011 TV Movie documentary Herself
Live from Jerusalem: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Live with Zubin Mehta Featuring Renée Fleming and Joseph Calleja 2011 Herself
Rufus Wainwright: Prima Donna 2011 Documentary Herself
Opera's Fallen Women 2011 TV Movie documentary Herself
BBC Proms 2010 TV Series Herself - Soloist
Breakfast 2010 TV Series Herself - Opera Saprano
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2005-2009 TV Series Herself
You Cannot Start Without Me: Valery Gergiev, Maestro 2009 Documentary Herself
Faszinierende Frauen - Faszinierende Stimmen 2009 TV Movie documentary Herself
Imagine 2003-2009 TV Series documentary Herself - Soprano / Herself
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... 2009 TV Series Herself
We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial 2009 TV Special Herself
Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs of Joy & Peace 2008 TV Movie Herself
Martha 2007 TV Series Herself
On a tout essayé 2007 TV Series Herself
Mythos Mozart - Musik für die Welt 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2006 TV Movie Herself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2006 TV Special documentary Herself
III nach neun 2006 TV Series Herself
In Search of Mozart 2006 Documentary Herself
Larry King Live 2005 TV Series Herself
Once Upon a Time... 2005 TV Movie Herself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2004 TV Special Herself - Performer
Classical Brits 2004 2004 TV Movie Herself
60 Minutes 2004 TV Series documentary Herself - Soprano (segment "The Wild Man of Music")
Caballé, más allá de la música 2003 Documentary Herself
St Petersburg 300th Anniversary Gala 2003 TV Special Soloist
Renée Fleming 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2001 TV Special Herself
Divas on Ice 2001/II TV Special Herself
The Lesley Garrett Show 2001 TV Series Herself
Sesame Street 2001 TV Series Herself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself
Verdi's Requiem 1997 TV Special Soprano
The Metropolitan Opera Presents 1996 TV Series Soprano
Richard Tucker 20th Anniversary Gala 1996 TV Special Herself
Tales from the Opera 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary Desdemona

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Untold Story of the Sound of Music 2015 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2014 TV Series Herself
Point Blank 2010 Herself (uncredited)
Music for Middle-Earth 2004 Video documentary short Herself
60 Minutes 2000-2001 TV Series documentary Herself - Opera Singer (segment "The Diva Next Door")

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#Quote
1 Contrary to the norm, as my technique improved my voice became higher.
2 I'm reserved, so I've always needed to find a way of opening up. Jazz helped me do that.
3 My worry is that opera will become an historic art form as opposed to a living, breathing thing.
4 There's no performance where I never have to think about setting up a phrase or making a technical adjustment while I'm performing.
5 Learning operatic roles is ongoing, and I find that I can learn on the train or subway, getting my hair done, and even while driving - if I only look at the score at red lights.
6 The thing I love to remind people about what I do is we're not even amplified. We are the final, major art form that is 100 percent acoustic and unplugged.
7 Everybody's a work in progress. I'm a work in progress. I mean, I've never arrived. I'm still learning all the time.
8 I have had a very difficult time with stage fright. It undermines your well-being and peace of mind, and it can also threaten your livelihood.
9 I do everything in the third person. Performance is about someone else.
10 I don't want to be somebody who stands still and sings pretty. Each song is a world. Each song is a story.
11 My parents discussed singing every night over the dinner table; I had a tremendous music education.


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