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Renée Fleming

Lyric’s Creative Consultant

Renee Fleming - Lyric Opera of Chicago Creative Consultant

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Renée Fleming

Internationally acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming was appointed in 2010 as the first-ever creative consultant at Lyric Opera of Chicago. She is a member of the Board of Directors and also a Vice President. Fleming is currently curating the creation of Bel Canto, commissioned by Lyric Opera and scheduled for its world premiere during the 2015-16 season.

At a White House ceremony in 2013, the President awarded Fleming the National Medal of Arts, America's highest honor for an individual artist. Known as “the people’s diva,” Fleming continues to grace the world’s greatest opera stages and concert halls, while extending her reach to include other musical forms and media. Known for bringing new audiences to classical music and opera, she has hosted many television and radio broadcasts, and performed for a television audience of 111 million in 2014, as the first classical artist to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. As a musical statesman, Fleming has been sought after on numerous distinguished occasions, from the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the 2012 Diamond Jubilee concert for HM Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

The soprano’s 2015-16 season begins with concerts and recitals in Australia and New Zealand. In addition to The Merry Widow at Lyric Opera, season highlights also include concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and two appearances in London -- a concert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a solo recital at the Barbican.

In addition to The Merry Widow (Metropolitan Opera) and Capriccio (Lyric Opera, Dresden’s Semperoper), Fleming’s recent successes onstage have included Arabella (Salzburg Festival), Rusalka (Met), A Streetcar Named Desire (Los Angeles Opera), and Living on Love (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Broadway). Fleming’s recent recitals have spanned the globe, from Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires to Paris, Vienna, and Beijing. Concerts in 2014 included a duo evening with tenor Jonas Kaufmann at Lyric Opera and Strauss orchestral songs in Dresden. In 2013, Fleming joined with Washington’s Kennedy Center to present American Voices, a concert and 3-day festival celebrating American singing. The festival was the subject of a Great Performances documentary on PBS.

Fleming won her fourth Grammy Award in 2013 for her album Poèmes, featuring a collection of 20th-century French masterpieces. Recipient of 14 Grammy nominations to date, she has recorded everything from complete operas and song recitals to an album of indie rock covers, a jazz album, and the movie soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Among her most recent DVDs are Arabella (Salzburg), Lucrezia Borgia (San Francisco), and Otello, Rodelinda, and Thaïs (all from the Met). Her recording honors range from the 2009 Echo Award to the Prix Maria Callas Orphée d’Or.

Other honors include the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Sweden’s Polar Prize, Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, Honorary Membership in the Royal Academy of Music, and honorary doctorates from Duke University, Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, the Eastman School of Music, and The Juilliard School.

Upcoming Performances

The Marriage of Figaro

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Civic Opera House

The Marriage of Figaro

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Civic Opera House

The Marriage of Figaro

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Civic Opera House

Cinderella

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Civic Opera House

The Marriage of Figaro

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Civic Opera House

Cinderella

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Civic Opera House

The Marriage of Figaro

Friday, October 9, 2015

Civic Opera House

Cinderella

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Civic Opera House

Cinderella

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Civic Opera House

The Marriage of Figaro

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Civic Opera House

Second Nature

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Francis W. Parker School

Cinderella

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Civic Opera House

The Marriage of Figaro

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Civic Opera House

The Marriage of Figaro

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Civic Opera House

Cinderella

Friday, October 23, 2015

Civic Opera House

The Marriage of Figaro

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Civic Opera House

Cinderella

Monday, October 26, 2015

Civic Opera House

Cinderella

Friday, October 30, 2015

Civic Opera House

Wozzeck

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Civic Opera House

Wozzeck

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Civic Opera House

Wozzeck

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Civic Opera House

Wozzeck

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Civic Opera House

The Merry Widow

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Civic Opera House

Wozzeck

Monday, November 16, 2015

Civic Opera House

The Merry Widow

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Civic Opera House

The Merry Widow

Friday, November 20, 2015

Civic Opera House

Wozzeck

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Civic Opera House

The Merry Widow

Monday, November 23, 2015

Civic Opera House

The Merry Widow

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Civic Opera House

The Merry Widow

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Civic Opera House

The Merry Widow

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Civic Opera House

Bel Canto

Monday, December 7, 2015

Civic Opera House

The Merry Widow

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Civic Opera House

Bel Canto

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Civic Opera House

The Merry Widow

Friday, December 11, 2015

Civic Opera House

Bel Canto

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Civic Opera House

The Merry Widow

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Civic Opera House

Bel Canto

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Civic Opera House

Bel Canto

Friday, January 8, 2016

Civic Opera House

Domingo + Martinez Concert

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Civic Opera House

Bel Canto

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Civic Opera House

Bel Canto

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Civic Opera House

Nabucco

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Civic Opera House

Nabucco

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Civic Opera House

Nabucco

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Civic Opera House

Nabucco

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Civic Opera House

Nabucco

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Civic Opera House

Der Rosenkavalier

Monday, February 8, 2016

Civic Opera House

Nabucco

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Civic Opera House

Nabucco

Friday, February 12, 2016

Civic Opera House

Der Rosenkavalier

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Civic Opera House

Der Rosenkavalier

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Civic Opera House

Der Rosenkavalier

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Civic Opera House

Romeo and Juliet

Monday, February 22, 2016

Civic Opera House

Romeo and Juliet

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Civic Opera House

Dmitri Hvorostovsky Recital

Friday, February 26, 2016

Civic Opera House

Romeo and Juliet

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Civic Opera House

Romeo and Juliet

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Civic Opera House

Der Rosenkavalier

Friday, March 4, 2016

Civic Opera House

Romeo and Juliet

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Civic Opera House

Der Rosenkavalier

Monday, March 7, 2016

Civic Opera House

Romeo and Juliet

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Civic Opera House

Der Rosenkavalier

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Civic Opera House

Romeo and Juliet

Friday, March 11, 2016

Civic Opera House

Der Rosenkavalier

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Civic Opera House

Romeo and Juliet

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Civic Opera House

Romeo and Juliet

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Civic Opera House

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