March 06, 2019

All Hail Renée Fleming!

Renée Fleming is one of the most brilliant and beloved artists of our time. We’re so lucky at Lyric that she’s starred in ten leading roles with the company, headlined many concerts, and served since 2010 as our first-ever creative consultant. All of us at Lyric treasure her artistry, just as we treasure the humanity that has made her such a glorious presence here since her debut 25 seasons ago. On March 23 we’ll celebrate Renée’s extraordinary relationship with Lyric in an unforgettable concert, featuring many of today’s most renowned artists. 

Renée’s performance history with Lyric bursts with glorious achievements. She introduced herself to our audience as Carlisle Floyd’s passionate heroine in Susannah, and her most recent role was the glamorous, irresistible Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow. In between have been her anguished Marguerite in Faust, her warmly gracious Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, and the leading ladies of OtelloAlcinaThaïsLa traviataA Streetcar Named Desire, and Capriccio. In all of these roles we’ve been dazzled by Renée’s matchlessly beautiful voice, by her wonderful gifts as an actress and musician, and the overwhelming charisma that has made her the idol of audiences in every major opera house worldwide. 

There have been stupendous concerts, in which many great artists have partnered with Renée on the Lyric stage, as well as other special events, such as the Second City Guide to the Opera (in which she captivated everyone with her irrepressible sense of humor!). And there have been the many projects she’s conceived and executed as our creative consultant with fabulous creativity, dedication, and imagination. 

Be sure you’re at the Lyric Opera House on March 23, as we hail Renée and rejoice in her artistry. Many favorite works of operatic and popular repertoire will be performed, with Renée joined by such luminaries as Lawrence BrownleeSondra RadvanovskyEric OwensQuinn Kelsey, and Christian Van Horn. These Lyric favorites -- led by Renée’s colleague from Houston Grand Opera, Patrick Summers, conducting the Lyric Opera Orchestra -- will join Renée for an unforgettable evening of great singing, worthy of the great artist who is truly “America’s Voice.” 

Renée Fleming 25th Anniversary Concert & Gala sponsors

Lead sponsor

Liz Stiffel

Platinum sponsors

The Crown Family

Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan

Sage Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. William C. Vance

Ann Ziff

Diamond sponsors

Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Krehbiel

Golden sponsors

Anonymous Donor

Henry and Gilda Buchbinder Family Foundation

Amy and Paul Carbone

Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Cole

Mr. and Mrs. W. James Farrell

Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel and John H. Krehbiel, Jr.

Heinz Family Foundation

J. Thomas Hurvis


Jenner & Block

Rebecca and Lester Knight

Kohler Co.

Mr. and Mrs. Todd D. Mitchell

Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Morrison

Allan and Elaine Muchin

Mr. and Mrs. William A. Osborn

J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes


Silver sponsors

Dr. and Mrs. Mark Bowen

Dr. Young Chung

Mrs. Robert W. Galvin

Andi and Jim Gordon/ The Edgewater Funds

Make It Better Media

Sylvia Neil and Daniel Fischel

Jennifer N. Pritzker

Pritzker Traubert Foundation

Donna Van Eekeren and Dale Connelly

Additional support

Mr. & Mrs. Dietrich M. Gross

Julian Family Foundation

Photo: Dan Rest, Todd Rosenberg