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Renée Fleming

Soprano

Biography

Renée Fleming in action.
Renée Fleming as The Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, The Royal Opera © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

American soprano Renée Fleming made her Royal Opera debut in 1989 as Dircé (Médée). She has since returned to sing Comtesse de Folleville (Il viaggio a Reims), Amelia Grimaldi (Simon Boccanegra), the Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier), Rusalka, Desdemona (Otello), Thaïs, Violetta (La traviata), Countess Madeleine (Capriccio, in concert) and in gala performances. She returns in the 2016/17 Season to sing the Marschallin.

Fleming is one of the most highly acclaimed sopranos of her generation and performs at the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls. She regularly sings for special events, including the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert, President Obama’s inauguration celebration concert and at the Super Bowl, becoming the first classical artist to sing America’s national anthem there. In 2008 she was the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, to headline an opening night gala. Her wide discography includes four Grammy Award-winning albums. In addition to her singing career, she regularly hosts for the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series, and in 2010 was named the first Creative Consultant for Lyric Opera of Chicago. In 2016 she was appointed Artistic Advisor at Large for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Fleming’s many awards include the US National Medal of Arts, Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, a Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Sweden’s Polar Prize, Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music and two Classical Brit Awards.

Videos

News and features

Watch: How to tackle an operatic masterpiece like Strauss's <em>Der Rosenkavalier</em>

Watch: How to tackle an operatic masterpiece like Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier

21 December 2016

A short film by Argentinian photographer Felipe Sanguinetti documents rehearsals for Robert Carsen’s new Royal Opera production.

Your Reaction: What did you think of Strauss's <em>Der Rosenkavalier</em>?

Your Reaction: What did you think of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier?

19 December 2016

A round-up of reviews and responses to Robert Carsen's sumptuous new Royal Opera production.

Watch: Insights into the music, history and direction of Strauss' <em>Der Rosenkavalier</em>

Watch: Insights into the music, history and direction of Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier

6 December 2016

American soprano Renée Fleming and Kasper Holten discuss Robert Carsen's new Royal Opera production.

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