Renée Fleming | A Conversation with James Mustich, Editor-in-Chief of the Barnes & Noble Review

A Conversation with James Mustich, Editor-in-Chief of the Barnes & Noble Review

15 September 2008

Gracing the stage in Mozart and Massenet, Donizetti and Dvorak, Verdi and Strauss, Renée Fleming has become one of the most acclaimed operatic divas of our time. Born in Indiana and raised in Rochester, New York, she won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 1988 at the age of 29, and the coveted Richard Tucker Award two years later. In 1991, she made her Metropolitan and San Francisco Opera debuts portraying Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro; since then she has found success around the world on both the operatic and the concert stage. Her commitment to new music has been illustrated by her roles in the world premieres of John Corigliano's The Ghost of Versailles, Conrad Susa's The Dangerous Liaisons, and André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire, while her musical eclecticism has led to collaborations in the recording studio with jazz artists Brad Mehldau, Fred Hersch, and Dave Grusin. In 2004, she even penned a self-portrait, The Inner Voice: The Making of a Singer, offering fascinating insight into both her personality and her profession. In August of this year she received the prestigious Polar Music Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in recognition of her artistry.

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