One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming is headed back home. Born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to parents who graduated from the Music Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Fleming will present a rare recital program in Fisher Auditorium on Saturday, March 2, 2013. The event is the crowning jewel of the 2012–2013 Ovations! series season presented by the Lively Arts at IUP.
Ms. Fleming captivates audiences the world over with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. Known as “the people’s diva,” Renée Fleming has been sought after as a musical statesman on numerous distinguished occasions, including the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and the televised We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in 2009.
In an historic first, Ms. Fleming sang from the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Concert for HM Queen Elizabeth II. At the invitation of the Sultan of Oman, Ms. Fleming recently headlined a gala concert celebrating the grand opening of the new Royal Opera House in Muscat. In 2008, she became the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to solo headline an opening night gala.
Just this past season, she has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Opera, Baden-Baden, the Paris Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, with the London Philharmonic, at Carnegie Hall, and in a nationally-televised concert on Live from Lincoln Center.
In addition to her three Grammy Awards, her numerous other accolades include the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal (2011), Sweden’s Polar Prize (2008), the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur from the French government (2005), honorary membership in the Royal Academy of Music (2003), and honorary degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Juilliard School.
An advocate for literacy, Renée Fleming has been featured in promotional campaigns for the Association of American Publishers (Get Caught Reading) and the Magazine Publishers of America’s READ poster campaign for the American Library Association. Her book, The Inner Voice, was published by Viking Penguin in 2004 and released in paperback by Penguin the following year. An intimate account of her career and creative process, the book is also published in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, and Russia.
In addition to her work on stage and in recordings, Renée Fleming has represented Rolex timepieces in print advertising since 2001. In 2008, she launched La Voce by Renée Fleming, a fragrance designed for her, with the proceeds benefiting the Metropolitan Opera. Master Chef Daniel Boulud created the dessert “La Diva Renée” (1999) in her honor, and she inspired the “Renée Fleming Iris” (2004), which has been replicated in porcelain by Boehm.
She has also hosted a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series for movie theaters and television, Live From Lincoln Center on PBS, and Renée Fleming: A YoungArts Masterclass for HBO.
Having been added to Mr. Blackwell’s best-dressed list, her concert gowns have been designed by Reem Acra, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano for Dior, Douglas Hannant, Christian Lacroix, Oscar de la Renta, Angel Sanchez, and Vivienne Westwood. She has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…, The View and Prairie Home Companion as “Renata Flambé,” among numerous other media outlets.
Ms. Fleming is currently a member of the board of trustees of the Carnegie Hall Corporation, the board of Sing for Hope, and the advisory board of the White Nights Foundation of America. In 2010, she was named the first ever Creative Consultant at Lyric Opera of Chicago. To learn more about Renée Fleming, please visit her website.
The Ovations! series is funded by a variety of sources, including the IUP Student Cooperative Association, area business sponsors, grants, and donations from individuals provided through the Lively Arts’ Premiere Club.
Photo Credit: DECCA/Andrew Eccles
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Back Home Again in Indiana!
One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, Renée Fleming returns to her birthplace—Indiana, Pennsylvania—to present a rare recital program. A four-time Grammy winner and the most significant operatic soprano performing in the world today, Ms. Fleming is also an author, educator, director, arts advocate, and spokesperson.
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