Renée Fleming


Renée Fleming
Photographer: Timothy White
Opera singer
One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice and compelling stage presence. At a White House ceremony in 2013, the President awarded her the National Medal of Arts, America's highest honor for an individual artist. Known as “the people’s diva” and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, she continues to grace the world’s greatest opera stages and concert halls, now extending her reach to include other musical forms and media. In recent years, she has hosted a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series for movie theaters and television, and Live From Lincoln Center on PBS. She concluded 2015 with performances in the title role of Lehar's The Merry Widow at Lyric Opera of Chicago, under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis. She was seen in the premiere of this production at the Metropolitan Opera last season. Also last year, she appeared as Countess Madeleine in Strauss's Capriccio, both at Lyric Opera of Chicago, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, and with conductor Christian Thielemann at the Semperoper Dresden. In April of 2015 she made her Broadway debut as an actress in the comedy Living on Love, for which she was nominated for a Drama League Award. Her recital schedule in recent years has spanned the globe, including Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Quito, Bogota, Paris, Geneva, London, Vienna, Sydney, Hong Kong, Beijing and Taipei. A four-time Grammy winner, she won the 2013 Best Classical Vocal Solo Grammy Award for Poèmes (Decca, 2012), a collection of 20th-Century French music, including works composed especially for her by Henri Dutilleux. Her recent opera dvds include Strauss's Arabella and Ariadne auf Naxos, and Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia. Other recent DVD releases include Handel's Rodelinda, Massenet’s Thaïs and Verdi's Otello, all three in the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series, and Verdi’s Traviata, filmed at London’s Royal Opera House. Among her numerous awards are Germany's Cross of the Order of Merit (2015); the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal (2011); Sweden’s Polar Prize (2008); the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur from the French government (2005); Honorary Membership in the Royal Academy of Music (2003); and honorary doctorates from Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Duke University (2015), Carnegie Mellon University (2012), the Eastman School of Music (2011) and The Juilliard School (2003).