Renée Fleming | Down-to-earth diva Fleming delves into "Verismo"

REUTERS

4 September 2009

Down-to-earth diva Fleming delves into "Verismo"

NEW YORK (Billboard) - There are divas, and then there's Renee Fleming.

During her 25-year career, the opera soprano has accrued all the trappings and tributes of international prima donna-dom. Designers like John Galliano, Karl Lagerfeld and Oscar De La Renta have dressed her in glittering custom threads for her gala performances. Heads of state have commissioned her performances, including President Barack Obama, at his January inauguration celebration. She's the face of Rolex in select print campaigns. She has inspired and named a perfume (Coty's La Voce by Renee Fleming), a flower (the Renee Fleming Iris) and even a chocolate dessert (Master Chef Daniel Boulud's La Diva Renee).

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