Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time. Awarded the United States’ highest honor for an artist, the National Medal of Arts, she brought her voice to a vast new audience in 2014, as the only classical artist ever to sing the US National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Winner of four Grammy Awards for Best Classical Vocal Solo, Ms. Fleming has sung for momentous occasions from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. In 2008 Ms. Fleming became the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to solo headline an opening night gala.
Ms. Fleming’s memoir The Inner Voice was published in China in August. Ms. Fleming’s schedule this season includes concerts in New York, Boston, Vienna, Paris, and Beijing. This summer, she performed the world premieres of André Previn’s Penelope and Kevin Puts’ The Brightness of Light at the Tanglewood Music Festival. In June, she made her London musical theater debut in The Light in the Piazza at Royal Festival Hall. Last spring, Ms. Fleming performed opposite actor Ben Whishaw in Norma Jeane Baker of Troy to open The Shed, a major new arts center in New York City. She earned a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the 2018 Broadway production of Carousel. She is heard on the soundtrack of the 2018 Best Picture Oscar winner The Shape of Water, and she provided the singing voice of Roxane, played by Julianne Moore, in the film of the best-selling novel Bel Canto.
Ms. Fleming’s new album, Lieder: Brahms, Schumann, and Mahler, was released by Decca in June. She has recorded everything from complete operas and song recitals to indie rock and jazz; and her album Signatures was selected by the U.S. Library of Congress for the National Recording Registry, as an “aural treasure worthy of preservation as part of America’s patrimony.” Known for bringing new audiences to classical music and opera, Ms. Fleming has sung not only with Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli, but also with Elton John, Sting, Josh Groban, and Joan Baez. She has hosted an array of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series, and Live from Lincoln Center.
In her role as Artistic Advisor to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Ms. Fleming launched a collaboration with the U.S. National Institutes of Health, with participation by the National Endowment of the Arts, focused on the science connecting music, health, and the brain. Over the past year, she has given more than 20 presentations with scientists and practitioners around the world on this subject. In 2010, Ms. Fleming was named the first-ever Creative Consultant at Lyric Opera of Chicago. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Hall, the Board of Sing for Hope, and the Artistic Advisory Board of the Polyphony Foundation. She is a spokesperson for the American Musical Therapy Association. Among her awards are the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, and Honorary Membership in the Royal Academy of Music.