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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.
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’.
Her rendition was simple, powerful and full of gorgeous vibrato.
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.
Just listen to that final, gorgeous high B flat... *shivers*
See below: Renée singing performing at A Capitol Fourth just last year looking all kinds of stylish.
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.
This is one of the most heart-breakingly beautiful things to ever happen.
Renée, keep being awesome.