Renée Fleming | (National Medal of) Art Talk with Renee Fleming

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21 August 2013

(National Medal of) Art Talk with Renee Fleming

by Paulette Beete

“On a civic level, especially in areas needing revitalization, art works to give citizens a sense of pride and shared investment in their community.” — Renée Fleming

Did you know that Renée Fleming had planned to be a jazz singer? Lucky for us “The People’s Diva” fell in love with classical music and the rest, as they say, is history. A history that includes four Grammy awards, Sweden’s Polar Music Prize, and as of this past July, the 2012 National Medal of Arts, not to mention performances at all of the world’s great opera houses, and special occasions such as the Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, the 2oo8 Olympics in Beijing, and the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. We spoke with Fleming via e-mail about the nuts and bolts of an opera singer’s life, her diverse inspirations, and her belief that opera singers are the “Olympic athletes of singing.” For full interview, click below-

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