Renée Fleming: Did You Know?

Posted on 2/18/2013 3:44:40 PM

Operatic superstar, the “people’s diva,” four-time Grammy winner, and Indiana native Renée Fleming will present a rare recital as we welcome her “Back Home Again in Indiana”! She will perform her solo program with pianist Richard Bado on Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Fisher Auditorium as part of the Lively Arts’ Ovations! series.

Here are just a few highlights surrounding her visit and her astonishing accomplishments and accolades.

Local Connections/ Activities

  • Renée Fleming was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania.
  • Fleming’s parents, Patricia Seymour Alexander and Edwin Fleming, graduated from IUP in 1959, both receiving B.S.Ed. degrees in Music Education. Her mother now resides in the Rochester, N.Y., area, and her father resides in north-central South Carolina.
  • Fleming will perform on the same stage, Fisher Auditorium, as her parents did as music students and members of the popular traditional IUP variety show, Swing Out.
  • Through donations and Fleming’s gracious consent, this concert and its funders will mark the establishment of the Renée Fleming Scholarship in Vocal Performance, with the hope that it will become fully endowed and continue to grow for decades to come.
  • This recital, subtitled “Back Home Again in Indiana!” will include attendance by over 30 of Fleming’s family. Those planning to attend are her father and stepmother, husband, one of her two daughters, brother and sister, a maternal uncle, and a variety of cousins and spouses.
  • Other geographic connections include her accompanist, Richard Bado, and her husband, both being Pittsburgh natives.
  • While in Indiana, Fleming will attend a special invitation-only question and answer session with a group of IUP music students.
  • This performance is one of only three solo recitals Fleming will give this season.
  • Several area individuals and businesses have given generously to this event. Along with the Lively Arts’ Premiere Club members and seasonal sponsors, their generosity is making the appearance of Renée Fleming and the establishment of the Renée Fleming Scholarship in Vocal Performance possible. These donors will be acknowledged in the printed program for the performance.

Renée FlemingSome Biographical Highlights

  • 2003, Honorary Membership in the Royal Academy of Music
  • 2004, The Inner Voice was published by Viking Penguin
  • 2005, the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur from the French government
  • 2006, Nobel Peace Prize ceremony performance
  • 2008, Bejing Olympics
  • 2008, First woman to headline opening night at the Metropolitan Opera
  • 2008, Sweden’s Polar Prize
  • 2009, Obama inaugural celebration concert at Lincoln Memorial
  • 2010, Named first Creative Consultant at Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • 2011, Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal
  • 2012, Queen Elizabeth Jubilee at Buckingham Palace
  • 2012, Singer of the Year by the German Echo Awards
  • 2012, Victoire d’Honneur, the highest award conveyed by the French Victoires de la Musique
  • Movie soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • “Still Dream” for the soundtrack of the Dreamworks Animation feature Rise of the Guardians
  • Operatic performances on all the major music stages across the globe
  • Four-time Grammy winner, most recently one on February 10, 2013; 14-time Grammy nominee
  • Dozens of television, film, and radio projects
  • Honorary doctorates from Carnegie Mellon University, the Eastman School of Music, and the Juilliard School
  • Appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…, and The View and on Prairie Home Companion as “Renata Flambé,” among numerous other media outlets.


Renée Fleming

Renée Fleming in Recital

March 2, 2013
8:00 p.m.

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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