Soprano Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time. In 2013 President Obama awarded her America’s highest honor for an individual artist, the National Medal of Arts. In 2014 she became the first classical artist to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Winner of the 2013 Grammy Award — her fourth — for Best Classical Vocal Solo, Ms. Fleming has sung for momentous occasions from the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the 2012 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 regularly performs in the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls, with a tour schedule that has recently included London, Paris, Vienna, Stockholm, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Sydney, and Shanghai. Known for bringing new audiences to classical music and opera, Ms. Fleming has sung not only with Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, and Andrea Bocelli, but also with Elton John, Paul Simon, Sting, Lou Reed, Josh Groban, and Joan Baez. She has hosted a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series and Live From Lincoln Center.
Nominated for 14 Grammy Awards, Renée Fleming has recorded complete operas, song recitals, jazz, indie rock, and The Lord of the Rings sound track. Among her numerous awards are the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, Sweden’s Polar Prize, France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, and honorary doctorates from Harvard University, Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, Eastman School of Music, and The Juilliard School. In 2016 Ms. Fleming was appointed artistic advisor for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 2010 she was named the first-ever creative consultant at Lyric Opera of Chicago.