Renée Fleming

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Renée Fleming (born February 14, 1959) is an American opera singer and soprano whose repertoire encompasses Richard Strauss, Mozart, Handel, bel canto, lieder, French opera and chansons, jazz and indie rock. Fleming has a full lyric soprano voice. She has performed coloratura, lyric, and lighter spinto soprano operatic roles in Italian, German, French, Czech, and Russian, aside from her native English. She also speaks fluent German and French, along with limited Italian. Her signature roles include Countess Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Desdemona in Verdi's Otello, Violetta in Verdi's La traviata, the title role in Dvořák's Rusalka, the title role in Massenet's Manon, the title role in Massenet's Thaïs, the title role in Richard Strauss's Arabella, the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, and the Countess in Capriccio.

A National Medal of Arts and Richard Tucker Award winner, she regularly performs in opera houses and concert halls worldwide. In 2008 she was awarded the Swedish Polar Music Prize for her services in music. She serves as Creative Consultant for the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Conductor Sir Georg Solti said of Fleming, "In my long life, I have met maybe two sopranos with this quality of singing; the other was Renata Tebaldi."

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1997 Alma Brasileira Heitor Villa-Lobos; Michael Tilson Thomas, New World Symphony Orchestra, Renée Fleming 1
1998 Rusalka Antonín Dvořák; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras, Fleming, Heppner, Zajick, Hawlata, Urbanová 1
1999 Prelude to a Kiss Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming 1
2000 Thaïs Massenet; Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Orchestre national Bordeaux Aquitaine, Yves Abel 2 1
2001 Night Songs Debussy, Fauré, Strauss, Marx, Rachmaninov; Renée Fleming, Jean-Yves Thibaudet 1
2002 Bel Canto Renée Fleming 3 1
2003 Under the Stars Renée Fleming & Bryn Terfel 3 1
2003 By Request Renée Fleming 3 2
2004 Strauss: Four Last Songs / Songs with Orchestra / Rosenkavalier Suite Richard Strauss; Renée Fleming, Houston Symphony, Christoph Eschenbach 1
2005 Sacred Songs Renée Fleming, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Andreas Delfs 2
2005 Haunted Heart Renée Fleming 2 1
2006 Homage: The Age of the Diva Renée Fleming 2 1
2006 Love Sublime Brad Mehldau & Renée Fleming 1
2009 Verismo Renée Fleming 3
2010 Dark Hope Renée Fleming 1 1
2012 Poèmes Renée Fleming 1
2013 Guilty Pleasures Renée Fleming 1
Elijah Mendelssohn; Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Patricia Bardon, John Mark Ainsley, Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Paul Daniel 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2000 Renée Fleming Compilation Renée Fleming 2
2005 Great Opera Moments II Compilation Mozart; Bartoli, Fleming, Flórez, Janowitz, Netrebko, Von Otter, Terfel, Upshaw 1
2012 The Art of Renée Fleming Compilation Renée Fleming 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2005 Mahler: Symphony No. 4 / Berg: Sieben Frühe Lieder Live Gustav Mahler, Alban Berg; Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado, Renée Fleming 1

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