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Renee Fleming: Bio

Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time. In 2013, President Obama awarded her America's highest honor for an artist, the National Medal of Arts. She brought her voice to a vast new audience in 2014, as the first classical artist ever to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, a televised event seen by more than 111.5 million fans. Winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, Fleming has sung for momentous occasions around the world, from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. In 2008, she became the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to solo headline an opening night gala. She has hosted a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series, and Live from Lincoln Center.

An exclusive Decca recording artist, Fleming's numerous awards include four Grammys, three Gramophone Awards, two Echo Awards and the Victoire d'Honneur from the French Victoires de la Musique.  Known for bringing new audiences to classical music and opera, she has sung not only with Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, and Andrea Bocelli but also with Elton John, Paul Simon, Sting, Lou Reed, Josh Groban, and Joan Baez. Recipient of 14 Grammy nominations to date, Fleming has recorded everything from complete operas and song recitals indie rock, jazz, and the movie soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

Fleming's 2016-17 tour schedule includes concerts in San Francisco, Toronto, Boston, Budapest, Paris, Madrid, and Tokyo. This season she will be seen as the Marschallin in a new production of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera.

Renée Fleming is a champion of new music and has performed works by a wide range of contemporary composers, including recent compositions by Anders Hillborg, Henri Dutilleux, Brad Mehldau, André Previn, and Wayne Shorter. Other honors for Fleming include two Classical Brit Awards, Honorary Doctorates from Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, Carnegie Mellon University, the Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School, Honorary Membership in the Royal Academy of Music, the Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur from the French government, Germany's Cross of the Order of Merit, and Sweden's Polar Music Prize. www.reneefleming.com

1 Barber - Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op.24  
2 Anders Hillborg - The Strand Settings / I. Black Sea  
3 Anders Hillborg - The Strand Settings / II. Dark Harbor XX  
4 Anders Hillborg - The Strand Settings / III. Dark Harbor XXXV  
5 Anders Hillborg - The Strand Settings / IV. Dark Harbor XI  
6 Bjork - Virus (arr. Hans Ek)  
7 Bjork - Joga (arr. Hans Ek)  
8 Bjork - All is Full of Love (arr. Hans Ek)  
9 Bjork - Undo ( Bonus Track )  
Renee Fleming sings the Top Ten list on the Late Show with David Letterman (2013)

Internationally renowned soprano Renée Fleming begins the New Year with a refreshing new album entitled ‘Distant Light' – her first orchestral album in three years. It features an adventurous mix of music by Samuel Barber, Anders Hillborg and Björk and will be released on Decca Classics on January 6, 2017. For this album, Fleming has chosen works in which music and poetry merge to create soundscapes, each piece evoking emotional states - nostalgia, unease, desire, joy - with cinematic clarity. The pieces are also united by the idea of a singer as a generative force, involved not only in the performance of music, but at the outset, in its creation. 

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