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Renée Fleming

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The American soprano Renée Fleming (born February 14, 1959) is a leading opera singer. She was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Rochester, New York. Both her parents were voice teachers. She studied music education at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam.

Renée Fleming, one of the best-loved and versatile sopranos of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, has been described as “the people’s diva,” and perhaps comes closer than any other singer of her time to being an old-fashioned operatic superstar. Her wise repertoire decisions have allowed her to embrace a wide variety of works throughout her career, including Baroque opera, Mozart, the Italian bel canto repertoire, Verdi, Massenet, Puccini, Richard Strauss, a number of contemporary operas, and songs from all eras. Her voice is notable for its fullness, warmth, its creamy tone quality, and her ability to spin out long velvety legato lines. She is known for the intensity and integrity of her dramatic portrayals and her engaging stage presence.

Fleming’s parents were high school vocal music teachers. In 1981, she graduated from the State University of New York at Potsdam with a degree in music education and continued her musical studies at the Eastman School of Music, which she credits with giving her a strong academic and theoretical background. From 1983 to 1987, she was enrolled in the American Opera Center at Juilliard, where she met Beverley Johnston, the voice teacher with whom she would continue to study throughout her career.

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