Happy birthday Renée Fleming!
Renée Fleming (born February 14, 1959) is an American soprano with an extensive career in opera. Fleming began studying music at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and went on to study at the Eastman School of Music and then Juilliard. Fleming began singing professionally in the 1980s, while a graduate student at Juilliard. In 1988, she won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. She performed in several operas around the world, including The Royal Opera of London. In 1991, Fleming made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera as well as the San Francisco Opera, as Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro.
Fleming's career has included a performance for the 50th anniversary of the American Ballet Theatre, and has performed frequently in spaces in New York, such as Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall. She originated the role of Blanche Dubois in the San Francisco Opera's rendition of A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Andre Previn, and has since reprised the role several times with different opera houses.
During his presidency, Fleming gave a performance for Bill Clinton at the White House for a Christmas celebration.
Fleming as Lucretia Borgia for the Washington National Opera. via Karin Cooper, Courtesy SFOpera
In 2002, Fleming provided the vocals for the soundtrack for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King soundtrack. She can be heard in the songs "The End of All Things", "Twilight and Shadow" and "The Return of the King" (Original Soundtrack) and "The Grace Of Undómiel", "Mount Doom", "The Eagles" and "The Fellowship Reunited" (The Complete Recordings).
In recent years, Fleming sung several roles with the Metropolitan Opera, including Violette in La traviata, the title role in Massanet's Manon, and Rodelinda. She has also performed with several orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, among others.
In 2010, Fleming released an album called Dark Hope, which features covers of Leonard Cohen, Band of Horses, Jefferson Airplane, and others. She appears on the soundtrack for The Adventures of Tintin and the Rise of the Guardians.
Fleming has appeared on Sesame Street, singing a song about counting in the tune of "Caro nome" from Rigoletto. She was featured on an episode of HBO Masterclass, in which she mentored four young singers.
Fleming performed in 2009 at We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, singing the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic "You'll Never Walk Alone" with the combined choirs of the United States Naval Academy.
In 2012, she performed at the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of and on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
- Birthday Date: Friday, 14 February 2014