Fleming, Renée, 1959–, American soprano, b. Indiana, Pa. She studied at the State Univ. of New York, Potsdam (grad. 1981), Eastman School of Music, and Juilliard's American Opera Center (1983–87). In 1986 she made her professional debut in Salzburg, Austria, in Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio, and has since performed at Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, and La Scala. With her velvety warm and rich voice, exquisite phrasing, interpretive power, broad repertoire, interest in contemporary music, and classic beauty, Fleming has become one of America's most popular operatic singers. In 2012 she also became the first creative consultant at Chicago's Lyric Opera. In 2017 she retired from her signature role in Richard Strauss 's Der Rosenkavalier, but she continued to sing other roles.
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