Legendary soprano Renée Fleming will speak at the Pure Land Series for China Exchange in a talk coinciding with her farewell opera tour.
A veteran of the world’s greatest stages and concerts who has also performed on numerous historical and distinguished occasions, Fleming’s tour will see her appearing in Der Rosenkavalier at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as well as at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
Ms Fleming has performed at some of the biggest historical events of modern time, including singing ‘Amazing Grace’ to a global audience of millions at the World Trade Center Memorial Service on October 28, 2001. She also performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Stockholm in 2006, at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and at President Obama’s inauguration in 2009.
Other notable engagements include singing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as part of the Diamond Jubilee Concert for HM Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 and in the televised concert at the Brandenburg Gate to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall two years later. The same year, she was the first classical artist to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.
Ms Fleming has received numerous honours and awards: Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit; the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal; Sweden’s Polar Prize; the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur from the French government; Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music; and honorary doctorates from Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, Carnegie Mellon University, the Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School, where she was also commencement speaker. She was awarded by President Obama the Medal for the Arts, the nation’s top award for artists.
At her Pure Land Series talk on January 12, audience members will each receive a special gift to mark the occasion.
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