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Introduction: Renée Fleming (02:47)


Renée Fleming graduated from the Crane School of Music and received a Fulbright scholarship to study in Germany. Her American debut was singing Countess Almaviva in "The Marriage of Figaro" for the Houston Opera.

Fleming: Career Beginnings (04:41)

Jazz saxophonist Illinois Jacquet invited her on tour with his big band, but Fleming chose opera instead. After winning a Fulbright scholarship, she studied with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Fleming performed Costanza in the Salzburger Landestheater and won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions.

Fleming: Met Debut (03:30)

Fleming performed in the title role of "Rusalka" and Mimi in "La Boheme." The soprano won the Richard Tucker Award.

Fleming: Career in the 1990s (02:34)

Fleming debuted at the Royal Opera House singing "Alleluja" from "Exsultate Jubilate." After performing mainly Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's operas, the soprano portrayed the leading roles in Richard Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier," "Arabella," and "Capriccio." Fleming appeared in the 1992 Richard Strauss Gala performing with Kathleen Battle and Frederica von Stade.

Fleming: Blossoming Career (04:14)

Georg Solti invited Fleming to appear in "Cosi Fan Tutte." Within the next fourteen months, the soprano learned ten different roles; Decca recorded "Don Giovanni" for release. Fleming originated the role of Blanche Dubois in André Previn's opera "A Streetcar Named Desire."

Fleming: Highs and Lows (03:10)

Fleming starred as Desdemona in Giuseppe Verdi's "Otello" opposite Plácido Domingo. The La Scala audience booed her in "Lucrezia Borgia."

Fleming: Career in the 2000s (04:45)

Fleming starred in "Lucrezia Borgia" and "Der Rosenkavalier" at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and New York City Opera respectively. At the World Trade Center Memorial, she sang "Amazing Grace."

Fleming: Career Highlights (09:15)

Fleming's father was a conductor and mother is a soloist. The soprano sang a number of sacred songs with a choir. Anthony Tommasini praised Fleming for her performance in "La Traviata" at the opening night of the Met.

Fleming: Recitals (04:58)

Fleming sang at "Last Night of the Proms," the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Vienna, and the Superbowl. Decca released "Dark Hope."

Fleming: Operatic Career Retirement (05:41)

Fleming's final performance was as Marschallin in "Der Rosenkavalier." "The Shape of Water" featured her version of "You'll Never Know." Fleming sang "Danny Boy" at Senator John McCain's funeral.

Credits: Renée Fleming (00:37)

Credits: Renée Fleming

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This episode features classic moments in the career of opera legend Renee Fleming. Filmed in in the United Kingdom and Italy, this episode features historical archive, performance highlights, and contributions from artists, critics and directors.

Length: 47 minutes

Item#: BVL182990

ISBN: 978-1-64481-837-4

Copyright date: ©2018

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