Renée Fleming: Performances, awards, net worth and films revealed

23 August 2018, 11:28 | Updated: 29 August 2018, 10:33

Renée Fleming
Renée Fleming. Picture: Getty

Renée Fleming is an operatic soprano whose clear, beautiful voice has captured the hearts of millions. From her performance of the national anthem at the Superbowl to her upcoming role in ‘Bel Canto’ and her performance of ‘Danny Boy’ at John McCain’s funeral, here’s everything you need to know.

Renée Fleming is a celebrated American soprano whose signature roles include the Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, and Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata. Discover more about her in our fact gallery.

  1. Renée Fleming’s breakthrough

    Renée’s first major break came in 1988 when she sang the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro at the Houston Grand Opera. She followed this with debuts at the New York City Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In 1991, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut. In 1997, Fleming sang her first Manon at the Opéra Bastille to glowing reviews.

    Renée Fleming
    Renée Fleming. Picture: Getty
  2. Renée at the Super Bowl

    In 2014, Renée Fleming took to the turf with a magnificent operatic take on ‘Star-Spangled Banner’. It was the first time a classical singer had been asked to perform the US national anthem at the Super Bowl.

  3. Renée Fleming’s awards

    In 1999, 2003, 2010 and 2013, Renée won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Voice Solo. She was nominated in the category in three other years. Renée was also awarded the 2012 National Medal of Arts, as well as being named Singer of the Year by the German ECHO Klassik Awards.

    Renée Fleming wins an Echo Klassik Award
    Renée Fleming wins an Echo Klassik Award. Picture: Getty
  4. Renée Fleming’s net worth

    Renée Fleming has a net worth of around $12million (that's about £9million). Today, she is one of the most successful working opera singers, and has released a number of successful albums including ‘Verismo‘, for which she was awarded the Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Classical Vocal Performance.

    Renée Fleming
    Renée Fleming. Picture: Getty
  5. Renée Fleming’s childhood

    Renée was born Renée Lynn Fleming on 14 February 1959 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Rochester, New York. She enjoyed a happy suburban childhood, starting singing lessons at an early age with her singing teacher parents.

    Renée Fleming
    Renée Fleming. Picture: Getty
  6. Renée’s training

    Renée studied at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York where she flirted with the idea of becoming a jazz singer before continuing her studies at New York's Juilliard.

    Renée Fleming
    Renée Fleming. Picture: Getty
  7. Renée’s married life

    Renée has been married twice. She married actor Rick Ross in 1989, and they had two daughters together, Amelia and Sage. The couple divorced in 2000. 11 years later, Renée married corporate lawyer Tim Jessell, whom she met on a blind date.

    Renée Fleming and her daughter Sage
    Renée Fleming and her daughter Sage. Picture: Getty
  8. Renée Fleming’s film appearances

    This September, Renée will be the singing voice for Julianne Moore in the new hostage film Bel Canto. But this isn’t the first time her voice has been used in Hollywood. In 2017, she sang on The Shape of Water soundtrack, and she has previously featured on the soundtracks to Now You See Me 2 (2016) and Closer (2004).

  9. Renée Fleming and Barack Obama

    At Barack Obama’s inaugural celebration in 2009, Renée sang an affecting operatic take on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, backed by the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club. The pair met again when Obama presented the singer with a 2012 National Medal of Arts for her contribution to American music.

    Renée Fleming and Barack Obama
    Renée Fleming and Barack Obama. Picture: Getty
  10. Renée loves indie-rock

    Although she’s best known for her work in opera, Renée has branched into jazz and even indie-rock. In 2010, Renée released an album of covers called Dark Hope, on which she covered ‘Intervention’ by Arcade Fire, ‘No One’s Gonna Love You’ by Band of Horses and ‘Soul Meets Body’ by Death Cab For Cutie.

    Renée Fleming and Sting
    Renée Fleming and Sting. Picture: Getty
  11. Renée to honour John McCain at his funeral

    Renée Fleming will sing ‘Danny Boy’ at the late US senator John McCain's funeral, at Washington National Cathedral on Saturday (1 September). McCain, who died of brain cancer on Saturday (25 August), had requested that Fleming sing the song, according to her manager, Dannielle Thomas.“She is very honoured,” Thomas told the Democrat and Chronicle. “It’s going to be a beautiful service.”

    Renée Fleming
    Renée Fleming. Picture: Getty