Renee Fleming Best Quotes

Renée Fleming is an American opera singer and soprano whose repertoire encompasses Richard Strauss, Mozart, Handel, bel canto, lieder, French opera and chansons, jazz and indie rock. Fleming has a full lyric soprano voice. Enjoy Renee Fleming’s best quotes below.

Renee Fleming
“I have had a very difficult time with stage fright; it undermines your well-being and peace of mind, and it can also threaten your livelihood.”
“Everybody’s a work in progress. I’m a work in progress. I mean, I’ve never arrived… I’m still learning all the time.”
“I’ve always been inspired by artists who have shown musical and intellectual curiosity and the courage to take risks.”
“Well, any time I’m preparing for a performance or even a rehearsal, it’s as if in a way, like any other athletes, these are muscles that support the vocal cords which are just I believe cartilage. It demands a kind of constant warming up and a constant feeling of where is the voice today.”
“Opera is really fun.”
“At this stage in my career, I don’t have to take any big risks. You want to take a calculated risk, not one that leads to people saying ‘yes, but there was that one time when she made that big mistake.’ It’s always a shame when that happens, especially if you’ve gotten by for decades without anything hugely tragic.”
“No voice teacher can be all things to all people. You have to gain information from whatever sources you can. You have to listen.”
“A lot of performers don’t want to leave the circuit, the European opera house circuit, partly because most singers don’t sing many concerts, or at least not while they are in their prime.”
“Having to travel so much plays havoc with your personal life.”
“My mother was the worst kind of stage mother. She would make me and my younger sister and brother little duckling costumes and put us in kiddie shows.”
“I don’t like to sing loud.”
“I listen to archival and historic recordings. I love watching singers. I learned a lot from watching videos.”
“I’ve spent hours and hours doing research into Appalachian folk music. My grandfather was a fiddler. There is something very immediate, very simple and emotional, about that music.”
“For my own singing, I used to be attracted by the baroque, the flashier the better, but now I prefer a simpler, purer style.”
“I am so envious of my colleagues from 100 years ago who only sang new works, they hardly ever sang revivals.”
“My worry is that opera will become an historic art form as opposed to a living, breathing thing.”
“There’s no performance where I never have to think about setting up a phrase or making a technical adjustment while I’m performing.”
“Every singer eventually gets around to a Christmas disc.”
“For years, I had no time for exploratory travel.”
“I don’t want to be somebody who stands still and sings pretty. Each song is a world. Each song is a story. I don’t achieve nearly what I want.”
“I don’t want to record anything unless it can be great and genuinely interesting.”
“I think singing is one of the most natural things that human beings do, but it’s difficult.”
“Very few opera singers in history have been able to cross into popular music.”
“I think opera has gained a kind of glamorous appeal. It’s a live performance that aligns all of the arts, and when it is represented in the media, in film in particular, it is presented as something that is really a special event, whether it’s a great date or something that’s just hugely romantic.”
“I was constantly being pushed toward a European ideal of what it means to be a classical or opera singer, let’s say in the Renata Tebaldi mode. I reject that.”

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