Renée Fleming

Soprano

Renée Fleming is one of the most highly acclaimed singers of our time, performing on the stages of the world’s greatest opera houses, concert halls, and theaters. Winner of four Grammy® awards, presented with the US National Medal of Arts by President Obama, Renée has sung for momentous occasions from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Diamond Jubilee Concert for HM Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. In 2014, Renée brought her voice to a vast new audience as the first classical artist ever to sing the US National Anthem at the Super Bowl. In 2008 Renée was the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to solo headline an opening night gala.

Renée’s schedule this season includes concerts in New York, Boston, Vienna, Paris, and Beijing. Last summer, Renée performed the world premieres of André Previn’s Penelope and Kevin Puts’ The Brightness of Light at Tanglewood.  In April, Renée appeared opposite Ben Whishaw in Norma Jean Baker of Troy to open The Shed in New York City. In June, she made her London musical theater debut as Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza, bringing her acclaimed portrayal to Los Angeles and Chicago in the autumn. She earned a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the 2018 Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Her new album, Lieder: Brahms, Schumann, and Mahler, was released by Decca in June. She is heard on the soundtracks of the 2018 Best Picture Oscar winner The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and she provided the singing voice of Roxane, played by Julianne Moore, in the film of the best-selling novel Bel Canto.

Renée has recorded everything from complete operas and song recitals to indie rock and jazz; and her album Signatures was selected by the U.S. Library of Congress for the National Recording Registry, as an “aural treasure worthy of preservation as part of America’s patrimony.” Known for bringing new audiences to classical music and opera, Renée has hosted an array of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series, and Live from Lincoln Center.

 

In her role as Artistic Advisor to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Renée launched a collaboration with the U.S. National Institutes of Health, with participation by the National Endowment of the Arts, focused on the science connecting music, health, and the brain. Over the past year, she has given more than 25 presentations with scientists and practitioners on this subject around the world, including delivering the Compton Lecture at MIT, and earning Research!America’s Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion.

In August, Renée was appointed co-director of the Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS, a prestigious summer program for young artists in Aspen, CO. She is the Artistic Director of SongStudio at Carnegie Hall, another program for young artists, dedicated to the art of the song recital. Renée is a member of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Hall, the Board of Sing for Hope, and the Artistic Advisory Board of the Polyphony Foundation. Renée’s memoir The Inner Voice, published in 2004, is currently in its 16th printing, and was published this summer in China. Among her awards are the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, Honorary Membership in the Royal Academy of Music, and honorary doctorates from the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, Duke, Harvard, and Carnegie Mellon Universities, the Eastman School of Music, and The Juilliard School.