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Renee Fleming to receive George Peabody Medal at 2021 Peabody Conservatory graduation / The Peabody Post

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The Peabody Post WRITES......Renée Fleming, an arts leader and advocate and one of the most acclaimed singers of our time, will address the graduates and receive the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America during the Peabody Conservatory's 2021 Graduation ceremony, which will be held online on Wednesday, May 26.

Applauded the world over in concert halls, opera houses, recordings, films, and television, Renée Fleming has been hailed as having "possibly the most beautiful soprano voice in the world." Recent triumphs have included a Tony-nominated appearance on Broadway in Carousel, the opening performances at The Shed, and the London premiere of the musical The Light in the Piazza. On Inauguration Day this year, she sang at the private church service attended by then President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris, along with congressional leaders of both parties, prior to the ceremony. As a musical statesman, Fleming has been sought after on numerous distinguished occasions, from the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to performances in Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games. Awarded America's highest honor for an individual artist, the National Medal of Arts, as well as four Grammy awards, in 2014 she was the first classical artist ever to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl. As Artistic Advisor for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Fleming has spearheaded the Sound Health initiative, championing the work being done nationally at the intersection of health and the arts.

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