Renée Fleming

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Born: February 14, 1959   Country: USA  
Renée Fleming, one of the best-loved and versatile sopranos of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, has been described as "the people's diva," and perhaps comes closer than any other singer of her time to being an old-fashioned operatic superstar. Her wise repertoire decisions have allowed her to embrace a wide variety of works throughout her career, including Baroque opera, Mozart, the Italian bel canto repertoire, Verdi, Massenet, Puccini, Read more Richard Strauss, a number of contemporary operas, and songs from all eras. Her voice is notable for its fullness, warmth, its creamy tone quality, and her ability to spin out long velvety legato lines. She is known for the intensity and integrity of her dramatic portrayals and her engaging stage presence.

Fleming's parents were high school vocal music teachers. In 1981, she graduated from the State University of New York at Potsdam with a degree in music education and continued her musical studies at the Eastman School of Music, which she credits with giving her a strong academic and theoretical background. From 1983 to 1987, she was enrolled in the American Opera Center at Juilliard, where she met Beverley Johnston, the voice teacher with whom she would continue to study throughout her career. Fleming also recalls with admiration the year she spent studying lieder with Arleen Augér, on a Fulbright Scholarship. In 1988, she won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the George London Prize (in the same week), and the Eleanor McCollum Competition in Houston.

Fleming sang the Countess in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro at the Houston Grand Opera in 1988, made her New York City Opera debut in 1989 as Mimi in La bohème, and her Covent Garden debut as Glauce in Cherubini's Medea later that year. In 1991, she made her acclaimed Met debut, stepping in for an indisposed Felicity Lott as the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro. The Countess was her debut role in San Francisco (1991), Vienna State Opera (1993), and Glyndebourne (1994). In 1993, she made her debut at La Scala as Donna Elvira, and she sang Eva at the 1996 Bayreuth Festival. Since that time, she has continued performances at the world's leading opera houses and concert halls and has continued to expand her repertoire. Among the roles for which she has won acclaim are Handel's Alcina and Rodelinda; Rossini's Armida, Violetta, Manon, Thaïs, Tatyana, and Rusalka; and numerous roles in Strauss operas, including the Marschallin, Daphne, Arabella, and the Countess in Capriccio. She created the role of Rosina in Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles in 1991, Madame Tourvel in Conrad Susa's Dangerous Liaisons in 1994, and Blanche DuBois in André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire in 1998.

She has garnered praise for her many recordings, both on CD and DVD, and has been nominated for 12 Grammy Awards and has won three, in 1996, 1999, and 2010. In addition to her work in the classical repertoire, Fleming has recorded contemporary pop songs, jazz, and film soundtracks. She has hosted a number of television and radio broadcasts, including The Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series, and Live from Lincoln Center for PBS. Her honors include 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. Read less

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Biography

Born: February 14, 1959   Country: USA  
Renée Fleming, one of the best-loved and versatile sopranos of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, has been described as "the people's diva," and perhaps comes closer than any other singer of her time to being an old-fashioned operatic superstar. Her wise repertoire decisions have allowed her to embrace a wide variety of works throughout her career, including Baroque opera, Mozart, the Italian bel canto repertoire, Verdi, Massenet, Puccini, Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Overture
"Notte e giorno faticar"
"Leporello, ove sei?"
Ma qual mai s'offre, o Dei
"Orsù, spicciati presto"
"Ah! chi mi dice mai" - "Udisti? qualche bella"
"Chi è là?"
"Madamina, il catalogo è questo"
"Giovinette, che fate all'amore"
"Manco male, è partita"
"Ho capito, signor sì!"
"Alfin siam liberati"
"Là ci darem la mano"
"Fermati, scellerato!"
"Ah, fuggi il traditor"
"Mi par ch'oggi il demonio si diverta"
"Non ti fidar, o misera"
"Don Ottavio... son morta!"
"Or sai chi l'onore"
"Come mai creder deggio"
"Io deggio ad ogni patto"
"Masetto... senti un po'..."
"Fin ch'han dal vino"
"Batti, batti, o bel Masetto"
"Guarda un po' come seppe questa strega"
"Presto, presto... pria ch'ei venga"
"Bisogna aver corragio"
"Protegga il giusto cielo"
"Riposate, vezzose ragazze"
"Venite pur avanti"
"Ecco il birbo che t'ha offesa"
"Eh via, buffone, non mi seccar"
"Leporello!"
"Ah! taci, ingiusto core"
"Amico, che ti par?"
"Deh! vieni alla finestra"
"V'è gente alla finestra"
"Metà di voi qua vadano"
"Zitto... Lascia ch'io senta... Ottimamente"
"Vedrai, carino"
"Di molte faci il lume"
"Sola, sola in buio loco"
Mille torbidi pensieri
"Dunque quello sei tu"
"Ferma, perfido; ferma"
"Il mio tesoro intanto"
In quali eccessi, o numi
"Mi tradì quell'alma ingrata" (K540c, Aria)
"Ah! ah! ah! questa è buona!"
"O statua gentilissima"
"Calmatevi, idol mio"
"Crudele? Ah no! mio bene!"
"Già la mensa è preparata"
"L'ultima prova"
"Don Giovanni, a cenar teco m'invitasti"
"Ah! dov'è il perfido?"
"Questo è il fin di chi fa mal!"
Overture
"La mia Dorabella"
"Fuor la spada"
E la fede delle femminine
Scioccerie di poeti
"Una bella serenata"
"Ah, guarda, sorella"
"Mi par che stamattina"
"Vorrei dir, e cor non ho"
Stelle! Per carità, signor Alfonso
"Sento, oh Dio, che questo piede"
"Non piangere, idol mio!"
"Al fato dan legge"
"La commedia è graziosa"
Bella vita militar!
Non vè più tempo, amici
"Di scrivermi ogni giorno"
"Bella vita militar!"
"Dove son?"
"Soave sia il vento"
"Non son cattivo comico"
"Che vita maledetta" - "Madame, ecco la vostra colazione"
"Ah, scostati!"
"Smanie implacabili"
"Signora Dorabella"
"In uomini, in soldati"
"Che silenzio!"
"Alla bella Despinetta"
"Che sussurro! Che strepito!"
"Temerari! Sortite!"
"Come scoglio"
"Ah, non partite"
"Non siate ritrosi"
"E voi ridete?" - "La cagion di quel riso?"
Si può sapere un poco la cagion di quel riso?
"Un'aura amorosa"
"Oh, la saria da ridere!"
"Ah, che tutta in un momento"
"Si mora, sì, si mora"
"Eccovi il medico"
"Dammi un bacio"
"Andate là"
"Una donna a quindici anni"
"Sorella, cosa dici?"
"Prenderò quel brunettino"
"Ah, correte al giardino"
"Secondate, aurette amiche"
"Il tutto deponete"
"La mano a me date"
"Oh che bella giornata!"
"Il cor vi dono"
"Barbara! Perché fuggi?"
"Ah, lo veggio"
"Ei parte... senti... ah no!"
"Per pietà, ben mio, perdona"
"Amico, abbiamo vinto!"
"Donne mie, la fate a tanti"
"In qual fiero contrasto"
"Tradito, schernito"
"Bravo, questa è costanza"
"Ora vedo che siete"
"E amore un ladroncello"
"Come tutto congiura" - "L'abito di Ferrando"
"Fra gli amplessi in pochi istanti"
"Oh poveretto me"
"Tutti accusan le donne"
"Vittoria, padroncini!"
"Fate presto, o cari amici"
"Benedetti i doppi coniugi"
"E nel tuo, nel mio bicchiero"
"Miei signori, tutto è fatto"
"Sani e salvi"
V'ingannai, ma fu l'inganno
"Forunato l'uom che prende"
1. As Imperceptibly as Grief
2. Will There Really Be a Morning
3. Good Morning Midnight
1. Frühling
2. September
3. Beim Schlafengehen
4. Im Abendrot
1. Frühling
2. September
3. Beim Schlafengehen
4. Im Abendrot
1. Bedächtig. Nicht eilen - Recht gemächlich
2. In gemächlicher Bewegung. Ohne Hast
3. Ruhevoll (Poco adagio)
4. Sehr behaglich: "Wir genießen die himmlischen Freuden"
1. Nacht
2. Schilflied
3. Die Nachtigall
4. Traumgekrönt
5. Im Zimmer
6. Liebesode
7. Sommertage
Frühling
September
Beim Schlafengehn
Im Abendrot
1. As Imperceptibly as Grief
2. Will There Really Be a Morning
3. Good Morning Midnight
1. As Imperceptibly as Grief
2. Will There Really Be a Morning
3. Good Morning Midnight
1. Requiem
2. Dies irae
2. Tuba mirum
2. Liber scriptus
2. Quid sum miser
2. Rex tremendae
2. Recordare
2. Ingemisco
2. Confutatis
2. Lacrymosa
3. Offertorium
4. Sanctus
5. Agnus Dei
6. Lux aeterna
7. Libera me


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