Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time. In 2013, President Obama awarded her America's highest honour for an artist, the National Medal of Arts. In 2014, she became the first classical artist ever to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Winner of four GRAMMY® awards, Ms. Fleming has sung for momentous occasions from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. She made her NAC debut with a recital in 2000 and appeared as soloist at the NAC Orchestra’s Gala in 2002. In 2013, she returned to sing works by Strauss with the Orchestra.
Renée Fleming earned a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the 2018 Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Her recent tour schedule has included concerts in New York, London, Vienna, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo and Beijing. She is heard on the soundtracks of the Best Picture Oscar® winner The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and she will soon be heard as the singing voice of Roxanne, played by Julianne Moore, in the film of the best-selling novel Bel Canto. As Artistic Advisor to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, she spearheads a collaboration with the National Institutes of Health focused on music, health and neuroscience.
In September, Decca released Renée’s latest album, Renée Fleming: Broadway. She has recorded everything from complete operas and song recitals to indie rock, jazz, and the soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings.
Among Renée Fleming’s awards are the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, Sweden’s Polar Music Prize and France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Richard Bado has conducted at Teatro alla Scala, Opéra national de Paris, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, the Aspen Music Festival, Tulsa Opera, the Russian National Orchestra, the Florida Philharmonic, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Wolf Trap Opera and the Edinburgh Festival. This season, Mr. Bado returns to the Houston Ballet to conduct performances of The Nutcracker.
An accomplished pianist, Mr. Bado appears regularly with Renée Fleming in recital. He made his NAC debut with one such recital in 2000. He has also played for Cecilia Bartoli, Frederica von Stade, Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, Marcello Giordani, Ramon Vargas, Samuel Ramey, Jamie Barton and Ryan McKinney.
Mr. Bado, who holds music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and West Virginia University, has studied advanced choral conducting with Robert Shaw. He is the Director of Artistic Operations and Chorus Master for the Houston Grand Opera. He has served on the faculty of Rice University, the Dolora Zajick Institute for Young Dramatic Voices and the International Vocal School in Moscow, and has served on the music staff of the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, the Bolshoi Opera Young Artist Program, Opera Australia, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Utah Opera, Chautauqua Opera and Wolf Trap Opera.