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Renée on the cover of the September 2003 issue of the Opera News magazine

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OPERA NEWS September 2003 cover © copyright 2005 The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Inc.
Photographed by Andrew Eccles / Art direction: Paul Chessell / Hair and makeup: Rob van Dorssen / Styling: Eugenie Hanmer / Dress: Issey Miyake


"Doctor" Renée Fleming ???

In recognition of her outstanding artistry, Renée was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music degree at The Juilliard School's 98th commencement that took place at Alice Tully Hall on May 23, 2003. Five other extraordinary artists and educators were also awarded Honorary Doctorates in the ceremony at which Renée and Juilliard President Joseph W. Polisi delivered commencement addresses - here is a portion of Renée's speech from the event:

"While you're standing in the grocery line holding Spam instead of foie gras for a few years ponder the following: Those of you who perform - musicians and dancers - will have by now practiced perhaps 3,000 hours a year, times 15 years, which equals 45,000 hours. Which means collectively that you as a group will have practiced 11 million hours. Challenge the idea that the arts are for a select few - teach, make more people love what you love, and help them to understand why you dedicated those 11 million hours in the first place."

Source: The Juilliard School
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Renée wins her 1st Classical BRIT Award

Classical BRIT Awards

Renée has just won the 2003 Classical BRIT Award in the Female Artist of the Year category. She had been nominated in the same category in 2001 too, but that year the award was given to Angela Gheorghiu.

So far, it seems to have been a pretty "rewarding" year for Renée!

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Renée wins her 2nd "Best Classical Vocal Performance" Grammy® Award

45th Grammy® Awards

Renée has just won the Best Classical Vocal Performance Grammy® Award in the Classical Field, for her beautiful recording Bel Canto. Other nominees in this category included mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter (for Chaminade: Mélodies - Mots D'Amour), soprano Christine Schäfer (for Boulez: Pli Selon Pli), mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux (for Arias For Farinelli) and soprano Susan Narucki (for Carter: Tempo E Tempi).

Furthermore, the Bel Canto album was itself nominated for the Best Classical Album Grammy® Award in the Classical Field - the album also features the Orchestra of St. Luke's conducted by Patrick Summers. This honor was bestowed upon the album "Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony" (Robert Spano conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Norman Mackenzie directing the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, soprano Christine Goerke & baritone Brett Polegato). Other albums nominated in this category were "Beethoven: String Quartets" (The Takács Quartet), "Mahler: Symphony No. 6" (Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the San Francisco Symphony) and "Pärt: Orient & Occident" (Tõnu Kaljuste conducting the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra & Chorus).

Speaking of Grammy® Awards, in 1999 Renée was awarded her first Grammy® in the Best Classical Vocal Performance category for her recording The Beautiful Voice (a collection of favorite songs and arias). Her other recordings have received several Grammy® nominations as well: Signatures (opera scenes) with Sir Georg Solti conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, Mozart's Don Giovanni also with Sir Georg Solti conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, and Visions of Love (her 1996 collection of Mozart arias) with the Orchestra of St. Luke's conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras.


Source: GRAMMY.com
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A personal note from Renée:

"This website was set up to provide you with information regarding my schedule and to give you a means of contacting me. I supported its creation because you and Prashant Sehgal, the Webmaster, have all been so wonderfully generous, not realizing the great benefit it would be to me. Periodically, when I have a little time, I am able to read your comments and notes. I have honestly been very touched by the outpouring of support from so many of you who have been kind enough to write in."

"Recently I finished a tour of Asia and Australia, and hearing from a whole new corner of the world has been a terrific boost to me. My schedule is often grueling, with all the travel, the press interviews, the rehearsals and performances. Your comments and enthusiasm for my work, make it all worth while. You give me the motivation I need to look forward to each and every tour."

"I am always particularly happy to hear from young singers. I wish I could help each and every one of you on your road to your successes. I also enjoy hearing from young composers, as I passionately believe in the creative force that motivates a composer, although unfortunately my schedule is so impossibly concentrated that I rarely have the opportunity to look at new music, and even more rarely, a chance to add it to my repertoire."

"Thank you for your interest in this site and in my work. I hope the site gives you the information you sought and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your overwhelmingly kind support."

- Renée Fleming


Renée's new DVD with Bryn Terfel, "Under The Stars" released on July 1st, 2003

Under The Stars

Check out these links to read more about the special broadcast of the live event on PBS:
Great Performances   Dialogue

You can find out more details about the CD over here:
iClassics.com web-site

The DVD can be ordered from these online stores:

In the US:
Amazon.com   BN.com   iClassics.com   TowerRecords.com  

In the UK:
Amazon.co.uk   TowerRecords.co.uk

Here are a few links to give you all a sneak peak into the new album:
Decca Clasics - Under The Stars


Renée's new album with Bryn Terfel, "Under The Stars" released on February 11th, 2003

Under The Stars

Check out these links to read more about the special broadcast of the live event on PBS:
Great Performances   Dialogue

You can find out more details about the CD over here:
iClassics.com web-site

The CD can be ordered from these online stores:

In the US:
Amazon.com   BN.com   iClassics.com   TowerRecords.com   Buy.com  

In the UK:
TowerRecords.co.uk

Here are a few links to give you all a sneak peak into the new album:
Decca Clasics - Under The Stars


Renée Fleming: The DVD released on November 26th, 2002

Renée Fleming: The DVD

You can find out more details about the DVD, and watch a trailer video, over here:
DeccaClassics.com web-site

The complete contents of the DVD can be found here:
iClassics.com web-site

You can order the DVD from the following online stores:

In the US:
Amazon.com   BN.com   iClassics.com   TowerRecords.com  

In the UK:
HMV.co.uk   TowerRecords.co.uk


Renée's new album "Bel Canto" released on August 27th, 2002

Bel Canto

"Gorgeous" is the word for Renée Fleming's new disc ... The vocal beauty is underscored by Ms. Fleming's vivid sense of drama.
- The Wall Street Journal

As Renée explains ...
"Bel canto presents the singer with truly, the ultimate challenge. This repertoire represents fascinating examples of a rich and varied tradition that dominated opera from its beginnings until 1900. It has also tested many of the greatest singers in history; our equivalent of a high wire act with risks at every turn. This recording represents my own homage to the inspiration I continually receive from these artists and from this dazzling repertoire."

Source: Decca Classics

The CD can be ordered from these online stores:

In the US:
iTunes: Bel Canto   Amazon.com   BN.com   iClassics.com   TowerRecords.com   Buy.com   Walmart.com

In the UK:
Amazon.co.uk   TowerRecords.co.uk

In France:
Amazon.fr   Universal Music   fnac.com

Here are a few links to give you all a sneak peak into the new album:
Decca Clasics - Bel Canto (English/French/German/Sweedish)   Decca Clasics - Bel Canto (French)


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Renée Fleming appointed Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

Renée Fleming has been honored by the Republic of France with the rank of Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in a ceremony presided over by France's Minister of Culture, at the Palais Royal in Paris.

Renée said of receiving the commendation, "I am honored to receive this extraordinary distinction, especially since I consider Paris my second home. My sincerest thanks to the French government for bestowing upon me this very special award. I love singing the French repertoire, and in particular, it has been my distinct pleasure to be able to return the beautiful music of Massenet to the forefront. I feel particularly fortunate that I have been and continue to be so warmly embraced by the French public. I have always held the French culture in high regard, and I must thank my mother for this, for in naming me Renée my awareness and love of France and its culture started at birth."

The Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) was established in 1957 by the Republic of France to recognize eminent writers and artists who have made an important contribution to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.

Source: Decca Classics


Renée Fleming in bloom!

Renée receiving a photo of her namesake Iris      The Renée Fleming Iris

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Renée Fleming has been immortalized in bloom with the announcement that an iris will be hybridized and named in her honor. The iris was registered with the American Iris Society in 2001 for introduction in May 2004 at Pacific Flora, an international horticulture exhibition in Hamamatsu, Japan. The introduction in the USA will follow in June 2004 in Rochester, NY.

Source: Decca Classics


Renée on the cover of the February 2002 issue of the International Record Review magazine

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INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW February 2002 cover © copyright 2002 International Record Review Ltd.


Renée on the cover of the December 2001 issue of the Opera News magazine

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OPERA NEWS December 2001 cover © copyright 2001 The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Inc.
Photograph by Niels Busch / Clothes by Gianfranco Ferre / Makeup and hair by Rob Van Dorsen / Jewelry by Elizabeth Gage


Renée & WQXR-FM

Renée Fleming was chosen as everybody's 2nd Favorite Vocalist in the WQXR-FM's 2001-2002 Classical Countdown contest, being placed right after Plácido Domingo, and right before Luciano Pavarotti.

Click here to see the complete 2001-2002 results
Click here to see the complete 2000-2001 results


The Story of 'é'


Many people (mis)spell Renée's name as Renee, replacing the 'e-acute' with just an 'e'. For most of them, the simple excuse is that they don't see an 'é' key on their keyboards. So, I thought it would interesting to tell you all how to type it using any PC-keyboard:

  1. Press either of the "Alt" keys on your keyboard, and keep it pressed down ..
  2. While the "Alt" key is down, type 130 on the numeric keyboard (the one on the right) with the Num-Lock turned on ...
  3. Now release the "Alt" key !!!
And that's it - you will see an 'é' (without the quotes, of course) where the cursor is placed. To get a Capital e-acute (É), type in 144 instead of 130 in the second step above.


And here is how you could do the same on a Macintosh keyboard:

  1. Type option-e (nothing will appear until after the next step) ...
  2. Type 'e' to obtain an 'é', or 'E' to obtain an 'É'.


Of course there are easier ways to produce the same effect when writing HTML code:



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