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 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
Massenet: Hérodiade / Gergiev, Domingo, Fleming, Zajick
Release Date: 11/21/1995   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 66847   Number of Discs: 2
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Strauss: Capriccio / Davis, Fleming, Metropolitan Opera [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 12/20/2011   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001619659   Number of Discs: 1
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Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Thielemann, Fleming, Koch, Damrau
Release Date: 10/02/2012   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001620102   Number of Discs: 3
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Massenet: Herodiade / Gergiev, Domingo, Fleming, Zajick
Release Date: 08/27/2013   Label: Newton Classics  
Catalog: 8802202   Number of Discs: 2
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Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Frizza, Fleming, Fabiano, Kowaljow, Deshong [blu-ray]
Release Date: 10/29/2013   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2059644   Number of Discs: 1
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    Emerson String Quartet: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002514572 Release Date: 07/15/2016   Number of Discs: 52
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Béla Bartók,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Carol Wincenc,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Thomas Hampson,  Menahem Pressler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
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  • 2.
    Opera Gold: 100 Great Tracks
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002503602 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Marilyn Horne,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Mirella Freni  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Henry Lewis,  Richard Bonynge,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Shakespeare in Music & Words
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002488902 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Gerald Finzi,  Charles Gounod,  Nino Rota  ... 
    Performer:  Amy Dickson,  Renée Fleming,  André Rieu,  Jennifer Vyvyan  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Nicholas Collon,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Ernest Ansermet  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Aurora Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Aria: Bach's Most Beautiful Arias
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002489302 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christine Schäfer,  Magdalena Kozená,  Thomas Quasthoff,  Renée Fleming  ... 
    Conductor:  Sebastian Weigle,  Andreas Delfs,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Lars Ulrik Mortensen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  Staatskapelle Dresden,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall (Selected Highlights)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 530420 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Paul de Schlözer,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Ronald Turini,  Artur Rubinstein,  Jorge Bolet,  Van Cliburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Arturo Toscanini,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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    Belcanto Operas / San Francisco Opera
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 26155 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Elizabeth Deshong,  Michael Fabiano,  Renée Fleming,  Vitalij Kowaljow  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Frizza
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Orchestra,  San Francisco Opera Chorus
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    Paradisum: Serene Sacred Songs
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002464702 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Gabriel Fauré,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Andrew Lloyd Webber  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Renée Fleming,  Bryn Terfel,  Anna Netrebko  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Voces8
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    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 9.
    Lehar: The Merry Widow / Fleming, Gunn, Davis, Metropolitan Opera [Blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002420359 Release Date: 12/04/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Thomas Allen,  Carson Elrod,  Alek Shrader  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Ballet
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    Lehar: The Merry Widow / Fleming, Gunn, Davis, Metropolitan Opera
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002420209 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Thomas Allen,  Carson Elrod,  Alek Shrader  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Ballet
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    Dutilleux: The Centenary Edition
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 553029 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Joel Esher,  Jordan Swaim,  Rachael Plotkin,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi,  Charles Munch,  Georges Prętre,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sine Nomine String Quartet
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    Dvorak: Rusalka / Nezet-Seguin, Fleming, Bezcala, Zajic [Blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002191259 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Dolora Zajic,  Piotr Bezcala,  Renée Fleming,  John Relyea  ... 
    Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Rusalka / Nezet-Seguin, Fleming, Bezcala, Zajic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002191109 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Piotr Bezcala,  Dolora Zajic,  John Relyea  ... 
    Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Berg: Lyric Suite; Wellesz; Zeisl / Renee Fleming, Emerson Quartet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002370702 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Egon Wellesz,  Eric Zeisl
    Performer:  Renée Fleming
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
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    The Age of Puccini / Jonas Kaufmann
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002359802 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Riccardo Zandonai,  Umberto Giordano,  Francesco Cilča,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann,  Rosa Feola,  Cristina Reale,  Eva-Maria Westbroek  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Marco Armiliato
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Milan Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra,  Milan Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Chorus  ... 
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    Verdi: Otello /  Fleming, Botha, Struckmann, Bychkov, Metropolitan Opera
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002323609 Release Date: 05/04/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  James Morris,  Falk Struckmann,  Johan Botha,  Renée Fleming  ... 
    Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Verdi: Otello /  Fleming, Botha, Struckmann, Bychkov, Metropolitan Opera [blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002323759 Release Date: 05/04/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Eduardo Valdés,  Luthando Qave,  Michael Fabiano,  Renée Fleming  ... 
    Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Encores! - Great Performances at the Met
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002250109 Release Date: 02/03/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Georges Bizet,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Alessandro Corbelli,  Juan Diego Flórez,  Joyce DiDonato  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Marco Armiliato,  Maurizio Benini,  Yannick Nézet-Séguin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Christmas in New York / Renee Fleming
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002110402 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Bernard,  Hugh Martin,  Jay Livingston,  Richard Carpenter  ... 
    Performer:  Wynton Marsalis,  Renée Fleming,  Daniel Nimmer,  Gregory Porter  ... 
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  • 20.
    A  Recital With Renee Fleming - Vienna At The Turn Of The 20th Century [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108117 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf,  Gustav Mahler,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Alexander von Zemlinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Maciej Pikulski
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  • 21.
    A Recital with Renee Fleming - Vienna at the Turn of the 20th Century
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 102196 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf,  Gustav Mahler,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Alexander von Zemlinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Maciej Pikulski
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  • 22.
    Strauss: Arabella / Fleming, Hampson, Thielemann
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 717208 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Hanna-elisabeth Muller,  Thomas Hampson,  Renée Fleming,  Alberto Dohmen  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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    Strauss: Arabella / Thielemann, Fleming, Hampson, Dohmen [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 717304 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Daniel Behle,  Alberto Dohmen,  Renée Fleming,  Thomas Hampson  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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    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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