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One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, Renée Fleming
captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage
presence. Known as "the people's diva," she continues to grace the world's greatest opera
stages and concert halls, now extending her reach to include other musical forms and media.
Over the past few seasons, Ms. Fleming has been hosting 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.
As a musical statesman, Ms. Fleming has been sought after on numerous distinguished
occasions, from the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to performances in Beijing during the
2008 Olympic Games. On January 18, 2009, she was featured on the televised We Are One:
The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial concert for President Obama.
She has performed for the United States Supreme Court, HRH The Prince of Wales at
Buckingham Palace, and, in November 2009, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Czech
Republic's "Velvet Revolution" at the invitation of Václav Havel. An additional distinction
was bestowed in 2008, when, breaking a precedent, Ms. Fleming became the first woman in the
125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to solo headline an opening night gala.
Ms. Fleming's 2010-2011 season at the Met includes performances of Rossini's
Armida and Strauss's Capriccio. Her concert season began with the BBC
Symphony Orchestra's "Last Night of the Proms" performance in September, followed by
appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by Manfred Honeck, the National Symphony
Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach, and the St. Louis Symphony with David Robertson-all
for their 2010-2011 gala concerts. In October, Ms. Fleming traveled to Germany, the
Netherlands, and Belgium with the Munich Philharmonic and conductor Christian Thielemann.
In November, she embarked on a Scandinavian tour, performing with the Danish National
Symphony, Aarhus Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and the Norwegian and Finnish
radio symphony orchestras. Additional concert highlights include performances with the
Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Staatskapelle Dresden, and Berliner
Philharmoniker. Ms. Fleming appeared in recital in St. Paul and Kansas City in October
2010; this month, she embarks on a recital tour to Quebec, Ann Arbor, Montreal, San Juan,
and Washington, DC.
A three-time Grammy Award winner, Ms. Fleming won the 2010 Grammy for Best Classical Vocal
Performance for Verismo, a CD featuring a collection of rarely heard Italian
arias. In June 2010, Decca and Mercury released Dark Hope, which features Ms.
Fleming performing songs by artists who include Leonard Cohen, Peter Gabriel, Arcade Fire,
and Death Cab for Cutie. Other recent recordings include Strauss: Four Last Songs,
for which she received the 2009 ECHO Award; Strauss's complete opera Daphne; the
jazz album Haunted Heart; and the movie soundtrack for The Lord of the Rings:
The Return of the King. Her DVDs include Renée Fleming & Dmitri Hvorostovsky:
A Musical Odyssey in St. Petersburg, in which she and Mr. Hvorostovsky explore and
perform in some of St. Petersburg's most spectacular locations; Massenet's complete opera
Thaïs; and Capriccio, which received the Prix Maria Callas Orphée d'Or
from the Académie du Disque Lyric.
An advocate for literacy, Ms. Fleming has been featured in promotional campaigns for the
Association of American Publishers's Get Caught Reading program, and the Magazine
Publishers of America's READ poster campaign for the American Library Association.
She was honored by The New York Public Library as a Library Lion. Her book The Inner
Voice-an intimate account of her career and creative process-was published by Viking
Penguin in 2004, and has also been published in France, the UK, Germany, Japan, and
Ms. Fleming has represented Rolex timepieces in print advertising since 2001. In 2008, she
launched La Voce by Renée Fleming, a fragrance designed for her, with the proceeds
benefiting the Metropolitan Opera. Master chef Daniel Boulud created the dessert La Diva
Renée in her honor, and she inspired the Renée Fleming Iris, which has been replicated in
porcelain by Boehm. Ms. Fleming has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show,
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with …, The View, and Prairie Home
Companion as "Renata Flambé."
Among Ms. Fleming's numerous awards are 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 a 2003 honorary doctorate from The Juilliard School, where she
was also commencement speaker. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The
Carnegie Hall Corporation, the Board of Sing for Hope, and the Advisory Board of the White
Nights Foundation of America. Please visit reneefleming.com for more information.