Today, February 14th is the Birthday of one of the greatest sopranos of the Opera, Renée Fleming!
Renée Fleming is admired, respected and beloved by many Opera fans!
With an amazing repertoire of operatic roles in Italian, German, French, Czech, and Russian and from many different composers like Richard Strauss, Lehár, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Cherubini, Massenet, Donizetti, Berg, Gounod, Bizet, Mozart, Handel, Bellini, Rameau, Janáček, Britten, Rossini, Verdi and Puccini.
Some Renée Fleming trivia:
Renée Fleming is known as “the people’s diva”.
She speaks French and German and a little bit of Italian.
Conductor Sir Georg Solti said of Renée Fleming, “In my long life, I have met maybe two sopranos with this quality of singing; the other was Renata Tebaldi.
Renée Fleming has a notable sense of humor. She appeared on the children’s show Sesame Street singing a lively rendition of “Caro nome” from Rigoletto, replacing the traditional Italian text with lyrics intended to aid children learning to count.
On March 20, 2011, Fleming appeared in Grand Finale concert of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra with the Sydney Children’s Choir, performing Mozart’s “Caro bel idol mio”, under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas.
In less than one week, the concert had 33 million online views.
Recently, Renée Fleming made history as the first opera singer to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” as part of the Super Bowl XLVIII pre-game ceremonies, performing to a standing ovation and the largest audience in the history of American television.
This is a photo of Diva Renée au Chocolat, a confection created by
New York city-based chef Daniel Boulud in honor of Renée Fleming.
Happy Birthday, Renée Fleming!