Renée Fleming

American opera soprano Renée Fleming

Renée Fleming is an American soprano whose repertoire encompasses Richard Strauss, Mozart, Handel, bel canto, lieder, French opera and chansons, jazz and indie rock. Fleming has a full lyric soprano voice. Fleming 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.
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The Soprano And The Scientist: A Conversation About Music And Medicine
NPR - 9 months
NIH Director Francis Collins and Renée Fleming, who is Artistic Advisor at Large for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., discuss music and medicine. They also sing a duet. (Image credit: Shelby Knowles/NPR)
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For the Vienna Philharmonic, Summer Means Schönbrunn
NYTimes - 9 months
The globally popular outdoor concert at the palace will include Renée Fleming, “Harry Potter” film music and Christoph Eschenbach’s conducting.
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TV This Week, May 28-June 3: 'Free State of Jones,' 'Still Star-Crossed' and more
LATimes - 9 months
SUNDAY Superstar soprano Renée Fleming and Irish tenor Ronan Tynan are among the performers for this year’s “National Memorial Day Concert.” Joe Mantegna and Laurence Fishburne host the 28th annual telecast from Washington, D.C. 8 p.m. KOCE Host Jeremy Wade wades into his last river in search...
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Watch Renée Fleming Take Her Final Bow in ‘Der Rosenkavalier’
NYTimes - 9 months
In a moment broadcast live worldwide, the superstar soprano bid farewell to a signature role, closing a chapter in her storied career.
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Review: Opera Matters, and the Met Just Threw a Party to Prove It
NYTimes - 10 months
Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming and Anna Netrebko were among the stars of a sprawling concert on Sunday that made a case for opera’s importance.
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Renée Fleming and Joshua Bell to Unite for Science
NYTimes - 10 months
The musicians will perform in “Time, Creativity and the Cosmos,” a multimedia spectacle, to open the World Science Festival’s 10th anniversary.
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A ‘Carousel’ Revival Promises Stars, Onstage and Off
NYTimes - 10 months
The cast includes Jessie Mueller, Joshua Henry and Renée Fleming, while New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck will choreograph.
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Power Player Plus: Renee Fleming
Fox News - 10 months
Acting on Broadway
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Review: Renée Fleming’s Poignant Farewell to ‘Der Rosenkavalier’
NYTimes - 10 months
This superstar soprano has been retiring her signature roles one by one, and however her career evolves, she should be proud of this magnificent performance at the Met.
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Hold Up! Renée Fleming Is Not Retiring From Opera
NPR - 11 months
Despite a misleading article, the beloved soprano makes it clear that she's nowhere near ready to give up the opera stage. (Image credit: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)
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Renée Fleming and Emerson String Quartet bring some obscure music to light at Disney Hall
LATimes - over 1 year
Far from contemplating retirement, Renée Fleming is busy pursuing esoteric ideas away from the opera stage. Audiences can only hope there will be more to come like the unusual program that the 57-year-old soprano and the long-running (40 years and counting) Emerson String Quartet have taken on...
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    FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 54
    On September 26, 2013, Fleming sang the Top 10 List ("Top 10 Opera Lyrics") on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman.
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  • 2012
    Age 53
    On June 4, 2012, she performed at the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of and on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
    She recorded Alexandre Desplat's theme song "Still Dream" for the 2012 DreamWorks animated feature, Rise of the Guardians.
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  • 2011
    Age 52
    On September 3, 2011, Fleming married corporate lawyer Tim Jessell, whom she met on a blind date set up by author Ann Patchett.
  • 2010
    Age 51
    Her album Dark Hope, released in June 2010, features covers of songs by Leonard Cohen, Band of Horses, Jefferson Airplane and others.
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    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.
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    She returned to that role during the Met's 2010/2011 season, along with the Gräfin in Capriccio.
  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 50
    During the 2009/2010 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.
  • 2008
    Age 49
    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 at the Washington National Opera.
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  • 2006
    Age 47
    In 2006, Fleming performed a solo concert at the Lyric Opera of Chicago with Sir Andrew Davis, sang Violetta in 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.
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  • 2005
    Age 46
    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 among several other ensembles.
  • 2003
    Age 44
    Her career at the Metropolitan Opera continued in 2003 with Imogene and Violetta in La traviata.
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  • 2001
    Age 42
    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.
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  • 2000
    Age 41
    In 2000, Fleming appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera and at Covent Garden as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier and sang the title role in Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia with the Opera Orchestra of New York.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1999
    Age 40
    1999 brought appearances at the Bavarian State Opera as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier and she returned to Carnegie Hall to great success with a concert of German lieder.
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  • 1998
    Age 39
    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. but, a months before in what Fleming has described as "the worst night of her operatic life" she was roundly booed on the opening night of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia in July at La Scala.
  • 1997
    Age 38
    Her first Manon at the Opéra Bastille received glowing reviews in 1997.
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  • 1996
    Age 37
    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.
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  • 1995
    Age 36
    In 1995 Fleming portrayed the Marschallin in 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.
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  • 1994
    Age 35
    The 1994/1995 San Francisco Opera's season included her Salome in Massenet's Hérodiade.
  • 1993
    Age 34
    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.
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  • 1992
    Age 33
    1992 saw Fleming making her debut with Grand Théâtre de Genève as Fiordiligi in Mozart's Così fan tutte, and she sang the role of Anna in Boieldieu's La dame blanche at 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.
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  • 1991
    Age 32
    Fleming made her Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera debut portraying Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro in 1991.
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  • 1990
    Age 31
    In 1990 she was once again honored by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation but this time with the highly coveted Richard Tucker Award.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1989
    Age 30
    Fleming married actor Rick Ross in 1989, and they have two daughters together: Amelia, born in 1992, and Sage, born in 1995. The couple divorced in 2000.
    Also in 1989, Fleming made her debut with the New York City Opera as Mimì in La bohème under conductor Chris Nance and her debut with The Royal Opera, London, as Dircé in Cherubini's Médée.
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  • 1988
    Age 29
    Her first major break came in 1988 when she won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions at age 29.
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  • 1986
    Age 27
    In 1986 she sang her first major operatic role, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, at the Salzburger Landestheater.
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  • 1984
    Age 25
    In 1984 she sang nine songs by Hugo Wolf in the world premiere of Eliot Feld's ballet Adieu, which she again performed in 1987 and 1989 at the Joyce Theater.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Age 0
    Born in 1959.
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