(Born February 14, 1959)
Renee Fleming is an American soprano specialising in opera and lieder. She has a full lyric soprano voice with a plush rich sound that has led to her being affectionately deemed "the beautiful voice".
A Richard Tucker Award winner, she regularly performs in opera houses and concert halls worldwide. Miss Fleming has performed coloratura, lyric, and lighter spinto-soprano repertoires.
She has sung roles in Italian, German, French, Czech, and Russian, aside from her native English. She also speaks fluent German and French, along with limited Italian.
Her signature roles include "The Countess Almaviva" in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, "Desdemona" in Verdi's, Otello, "Violetta" in Verdi's La Traviata, the title role in Dvorák's "Rusalka", the title role in Massenet's "Manon", the title role in Massenet's "Thaïs", "the Marschallin" in Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, and the title role in "Arabella".
Renowned conductor Sir Georg Solti said of Fleming, "In my long life, I have met maybe two sopranos with this quality of singing, the other was Renata Tebaldi.