Lyric Opera of Chicago

Renée Fleming


Renee Fleming largeBel Canto Q&A with Creative Consultant Renée Fleming


Renée Fleming
, creative consultant with Lyric Opera, is one of today’s most celebrated singers and musical ambassadors. Named the No. 1 singer by Salzburger Festspiele Magazin in 2010, she continues to grace the world’s top opera stages and concert halls even as she extends her reach to include other musical forms and media. Over the past few seasons, Fleming has hosted various television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series for cinemas around the world and Live From Lincoln Center on PBS. Fleming has been involved in distinguished media events from the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to performances in Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games to We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in 2009. She has performed for the United States Supreme Court, HRH The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace and, in November 2009, for the 20th anniversary of the Czech Republic’s “Velvet Revolution” at the invitation of Václav Havel. In 2008, Fleming became the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to solo headline an opening-night gala. Among her numerous awards are 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, where she was also commencement speaker. She is a vice president of Lyric’s Board of Directors and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Hall Corporation, the Board of Sing for Hope, and the Advisory Board of the White Nights Foundation of America. http://www.reneefleming.com