The Eastman School of Music announced today that award-winning soprano Renée Fleming has been appointed a Distinguished Visiting Artist at the school.
As a Distinguished Visiting Artist, Fleming will offer master classes, coaching sessions, lessons, and open talks and presentations for the students on a recurring basis beginning this academic year.
Fleming received her Master of Music degree at Eastman. “She is the consummate professional, who combines charisma and charm with technical skill, quite literally the most inspiring opera soprano of her generation," said Joel Seligman, President and CEO of the University of Rochester. "Our students will be the beneficiaries of her great talent.”
Dubbed “the people’s diva,” Fleming was the first opera star to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, and has performed for Queen Elizabeth, President Barack Obama, and the United States Supreme Court. In 2008, she became the first woman to solo headline an opening night gala at the Metropolitan Opera.
“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,” Fleming said. “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.”