Renée Fleming

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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 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 bohčme, 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, Thaďs, 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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  • 1.
    Waldbuhne / Fleming, Bronfman, Chailly, Marin, Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 59988 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Igor Stravinsky,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman,  Renée Fleming
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Ion Marin,  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Waldbuhne / Fleming, Bronfman, Chailly, Marin, Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 59984 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Igor Stravinsky,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman,  Renée Fleming
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Ion Marin,  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mahler / Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker [11-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 00206510 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Alban Berg
    Performer:  Eteri Gvazava,  Anna Larsson,  Renée Fleming,  Guy Braunstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Orféon Donostiarra,  Lucerne Festival Orchestra  ... 
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    Strauss: Capriccio / Eschenbach, Fleming, Skovhus, Schade, Weiner Staatsoper
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 715908 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Michael Schade,  Bo Skovhus,  Renée Fleming,  Markus Eiche  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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    Strauss: Capriccio / Eschenbach, Fleming, Skovhus, Schade, Weiner Staatsoper [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 716004 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Markus Eiche,  Renée Fleming,  Bo Skovhus,  Michael Schade  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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    Label: Sony   Catalog: 303792 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Yanni
    Performer:  Yanni,  Renée Fleming,  Vittorio Grigolo,  Placido Domingo  ... 
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    Richard Strauss Collection
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107539 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Matthias Klink,  Falk Struckmann,  Peter Bronder,  Nadja Michael  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding,  Claudio Abbado,  Karl Böhm,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Henri Dutilleux Edition [6-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002027702 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Olivier Charlier,  Ildikó Vékony,  François Le Roux,  Robert Levin  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Graf,  Semyon Bychkov,  Charles Dutoit,  Alan Gilbert  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bordeaux-Aquitaine National Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris,  Bordeaux Aquitaine Orchestra  ... 
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    Label: Decca   Catalog: 1104380 Release Date: 12/03/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  John Newton,  César Franck,  Ludovico Einaudi,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Il Divo,  The Priests,  Einaudi,  Jonathan & Charlotte  ... 
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    Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Frizza, Fleming, Fabiano, Kowaljow, Deshong
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059648 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Elizabeth Deshong,  Michael Fabiano,  Renée Fleming,  Vitalij Kowaljow
    Conductor:  Riccardo Frizza
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Chorus,  San Francisco Opera Orchestra
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    Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Frizza, Fleming, Fabiano, Kowaljow, Deshong [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059644 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Vitalij Kowaljow,  Michael Fabiano,  Elizabeth Deshong
    Conductor:  Riccardo Frizza
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Orchestra,  San Francisco Opera Chorus
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    Berlin Philharmonic - Centenary Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001923302 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Walter Berry,  Gundula Janowitz,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Nikisch,  Alfred Hertz,  Richard Strauss,  Bruno Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Swedish Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Musical Gifts / Joshua Bell & Friends
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 374318 Release Date: 10/15/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Walter Kent,  Jule Styne,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  Alison Krauss,  Chick Corea,  Frankie Moreno  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Straight No Chaser,  Young People's Chorus of New York City
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    Guilty Pleasures / Renee Fleming
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001903302 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Henri Duparc,  Licinio Refice,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Susan Graham,  Janet Simpson
    Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    The Best of Jonas Kaufmann
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001894302 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann,  Jana Sibera,  Renée Fleming,  Barbara Vignudelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Marco Armiliato,  Antonio Pappano,  Claudio Abbado,  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan  ... 
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    Massenet: Herodiade / Gergiev, Domingo, Fleming, Zajick
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802202 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Dolora Zajic,  Juan Pons,  Kenneth Cox  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Orchestra,  San Francisco Opera Chorus
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    Bruckner: Symphony No 7; Wolf: Lieder / Fleming, Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1115 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Hugo Wolf,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Renée Fleming
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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    Bruckner: Symphony No 7; Wolf: Lieder / Fleming, Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden [blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7127 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Hugo Wolf,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Renée Fleming
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 19.
    Claudio Abbado - The Symphony Edition [41-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001846502 Release Date: 07/02/2013   Number of Discs: 41
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Violeta Urmana,  Thomas Moser,  Thomas Quasthoff,  Karita Mattila  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Mozart,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    The Verdi Edition - 12 Great Operas
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1105 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Gwynne Howell,  Peter Hoare,  Bryn Terfel,  Kenneth Tarver  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Carlo Rizzi,  Edward Downes,  Antonio Ros-Marbá  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra  ... 
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    Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos / Thielemann, Fleming, Dean Smith, Koch [blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001809559 Release Date: 06/04/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Sophie Koch,  Robert Dean Smith,  Renée Fleming,  Jane Archibald
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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    Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos / Thielemann, Fleming, Dean Smith, Koch, Archibald
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001809409 Release Date: 06/04/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Robert Dean Smith,  Sophie Koch,  Jane Archibald
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 23.
    40 Tracks for 40 Years - Delos Anniversary Set
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3440 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Antonín Dvorák,  Aram Khachaturian,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
    Performer:  James Earl Jones,  Charles Butler,  Marina Domashenko,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton,  Zdenek Macal,  Constantine Orbelian,  James DePreist  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  New Jersey Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 24.
    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro / Haitink, Fleming, Glyndebourne Festival  [blu-ray]
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2039 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gerald Finley,  Alison Hagley,  Renée Fleming,  Andreas Schmidt
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Renee Fleming - Live at the Opera National de Paris [6-DVD Set]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107529 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Antonín Dvorák,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Alain Vernhes,  Michel Sénéchal,  Renée Fleming,  Marcelo Alvarez  ... 
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  James Conlon,  Ulf Schirmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris National Opera Chorus,  Paris National Opera Orchestra
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