Renée Fleming

Celebrated American soprano Renée Fleming made her San Francisco Opera debut in 1991 as Countess Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro). She has appeared with the Company in the title roles of Rusalka and Louise, the Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier), as well as Salomé (Hérodiade), and she originated the roles of Madame de Tourvel in Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons and Blanche DuBois in Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire. She also presented a gala concert to open San Francisco Opera’s 2004–05 season. Fleming’s 2010–11 season at the Metropolitan Opera included performances of Rossini’s Armida and Strauss’s Capriccio. Her 2010–11 concert season began with the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Last Night of the Proms performance in September, followed by appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the National Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Munich Philharmonic, and a Scandinavian tour with the Danish National Symphony, Aarhus Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, as well as Norwegian Radio and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestras. Further concert highlights include performances with the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony, as well as the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Berlin Philharmonic. A three-time Grammy winner, Fleming most recently won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance for Verismo (Decca). In recent years, the artist has recorded everything from Strauss’s complete Daphne to the jazz album Haunted Heart and the movie soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Her recording honors range from the 2009 Echo Award to the Prix Maria Callas Orphée d’Or by the Académie du Disque. Among her numerous awards are 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 a 2003 honorary doctorate from the Juilliard School. Fleming also recently ventured into the world of music administration, having been appointed as a vice president and creative consultant for Lyric Opera of Chicago this past December.