Renée Fleming is the queen of everything and here’s exactly why
14 February 2019, 14:23 | Updated: 14 February 2019, 18:03
Today, international opera star, beloved soprano and all-round lovely person Renée Fleming celebrates her 60th birthday. Here are all the reasons why we think she’s great.
She’s a vocal chameleon
Before studying opera at New York’s Juilliard, Renée flirted with the idea of becoming a jazz singer. She can also do musical theatre and indie rock, as demonstrated in her 2010 album Dark Hope – a dark, growly record which contains a surprisingly bass-heavy cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’.
She became the first opera star to sing at the Super Bowl
Her rendition was simple, powerful and full of gorgeous vibrato.
She’s a huge advocate for the arts
As well as performing in opera houses and concert halls the world over, she holds the title of Creative Consultant at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and is Artistic Advisor at Large at the Kennedy Centre in Washington.
She sings with grace and humility
Just listen to that final, gorgeous high B flat... *shivers*
Renée Fleming Performs "You'll Never Walk Alone" at the 2018 A Capitol Fourth
She’s a brilliant actress
La traviata - 'Sempre libera' (Verdi; Renée Fleming, The Royal Opera)
She is incredibly elegant
See below: Renée singing performing at A Capitol Fourth just last year looking all kinds of stylish.
She appeared on The Lord of the Rings soundtrack
Renée lent her vocals to Howard Shore’s beautifully ethereal ‘Twilight and Shadow’ from The Return of the King – and she learned every word in Elvish.
Renée Fleming - Twilight and Shadow
Her voice is silky smooth
Renée Fleming: Casta Diva (Bellini)
And her version of ‘Danny Boy’
This is one of the most heart-breakingly beautiful things to ever happen.
John McCain funeral: Renee Fleming performs 'Danny Boy'
Renée, keep being awesome.