Renée Fleming Says She May Be Leaving Opera Behind in Three Years

In a latest interview, opera star Renee Fleming says that she "may stop singing in 3 years." Now 55 years old, Fleming says, "I'm really happy with my opera life - 54 roles was a lot to learn and perform and so I think I may leave well enough alone. I have another three years of various new productions and so I'm not stopping yet - let's not put the cart before the horse, but I'm thinking down the road."

She also says, "If I were a mezzo or I were a dramatic soprano then there are those parts, those character parts, but for the soprano voice there's almost nothing" after a certain age.

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One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. At a White House ceremony in 2013, the President awarded her the National Medal of Arts, America's highest honor for an individual artist. Known as "the people's diva" and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, she continues to grace the world's greatest opera stages and concert halls, now extending her reach to include other musical forms and media. Over the past few seasons, Renée has hosted a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series for movie theaters and television, and Live From Lincoln Centeron PBS. She brought her voice to a vast new audience in February of this year, as the first classical artist to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.

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