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October 06, 2015

Renée Fleming appointed Distinguished Visiting Artist at Eastman

Renée FlemingRenée Fleming ’83E (MM) will offer master classes, coaching sessions, lessons, and open talks and presentations for students on a recurring basis beginning this academic year.

The internationally acclaimed soprano has been appointed distinguished visiting artist at the Eastman School.

“I am thrilled that Renée Fleming is joining the University’s fabulous Eastman School of Music,” says President and CEO Joel Seligman. “She is the consummate professional, who combines charisma and charm with technical skill—quite literally the most inspiring opera soprano of her generation. Our students will be the beneficiaries of her great talent.”

Fleming is celebrated by media and audiences for her voice, artistry, and compelling stage presence. While maintaining a busy performance schedule that has brought her countless awards and accolades, Fleming has conducted master classes at leading music schools around the country. She has taught in Marilyn Horne’s Art of Song program at Carnegie Hall, and her teaching was spotlighted in the documentary Renée Fleming: A YoungArts MasterClass

“As the child of two vocal music teachers, I have been steeped in music education my entire life,” Fleming says. “One of the great traditions of classical singing is that knowledge is always passed from working artists to the next generation of vocalists through direct engagement of the kind that I will have as a visiting artist at the Eastman School of Music. I’m excited to be able to share what I’ve learned in my studies, my performances, and my travels with vocal students at this school I love so much.”

Fleming received her master of music degree at Eastman. In 2011, she performed with the Eastman Philharmonia under conductor Neil Varon in a benefit concert for the Renée Fleming Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Fleming’s residency is made possible in part through the support of George Abraham.

“Renée Fleming has touched the lives of millions of listeners through her musical artistry,” says Jamal Rossi, the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music. “As a distinguished visiting artist at Eastman, she will help to transform the lives of students who aspire to achieve musical excellence, and who are passionate about shaping the future of music. We are thrilled and honored that Renée will be a member of the Eastman community once again. I also want to express my personal gratitude to all who have played a role in creating this fantastic opportunity for our students.”

Known as “the people’s diva” and the first opera star to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, Fleming has performed for Queen Elizabeth, President Barack Obama, and the United States Supreme Court. She has sung for numerous historic occasions, including the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and the 2014 concert at the Brandenburg Gate commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 2008, she became the first woman to solo headline an opening night gala at the Metropolitan Opera.

A champion of creativity in the arts, Fleming is a four-time Grammy Award winner. She has been awarded the National Medal of Arts, American’s highest honor for an individual artist; the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Award; the Polar Music Prize, Sweden’s foremost musical honor; the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur from the French government; honorary membership in the Royal Academy of Music; and honorary doctorates from Duke University, Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, the University of Rochester, and the Juilliard School. 

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