Renée Fleming is the queen of everything and here’s exactly why

14 February 2019, 14:23 | Updated: 14 February 2019, 18:03

Renée Fleming
Renée Fleming turns 60 today. Picture: Getty

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.

  1. 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’.

    Dark Hope – Renée Fleming
    Dark Hope – Renée Fleming. Picture: Amazon
  2. She became the first opera star to sing at the Super Bowl

    Her rendition was simple, powerful and full of gorgeous vibrato.

  3. 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.

    Barack Obama presents Renée Fleming with the National Medal of Arts
    Barack Obama presents Renée Fleming with the National Medal of Arts. Picture: Getty
  4. She sings with grace and humility

    Just listen to that final, gorgeous high B flat... *shivers*

  5. She’s a brilliant actress

  6. She is incredibly elegant

    See below: Renée singing performing at A Capitol Fourth just last year looking all kinds of stylish.

    2018 A Capitol Fourth
    2018 A Capitol Fourth. Picture: Getty
  7. 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.

  8. Her voice is silky smooth

  9. And her version of ‘Danny Boy’

    This is one of the most heart-breakingly beautiful things to ever happen.

    Renée, keep being awesome.