Lyric Opera of Chicago audiences first experienced the incomparable artistry of world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming in the title role of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah in 1993.
Since that debut, this cultural icon and international star has continued to make headlines wherever she goes. Whether it has been in leading roles on the most celebrated stages, receiving a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama, or singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in front of more than 100 million viewers, Renée Fleming has become known as “The People’s Diva.”
During this extraordinary time, she has also made Lyric Opera an artistic home. She has performed onstage, fostered emerging artists in her role as advisor to The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, and encouraged a future generation of opera lovers through Lyric Unlimited programs.
Since 2010, Ms. Fleming has served as Lyric’s creative consultant. She has been the driving force behind projects like Lyric’s world premiere opera Bel Canto, collaborations with The Second City, and the Chicago Voices initiative, which bridged musical genres and generations in a groundbreaking, multi-faceted series of programs during the past two years.
Join Lyric as we celebrate and honor Renée Fleming’s extraordinary commitment to Chicago and her unparalleled contributions to our art form over the last 25 years. Along with the Lyric Orchestra and a cast of friends who will perform, don’t miss this extraordinary evening of music-making.
This one-night-only event will feature an exclusive Gala at The Ritz-Carlton following the performance. Celebrate with us in style as we pay tribute to Ms. Fleming with dinner and dancing until the clock strikes midnight. The glamour of this special evening will be matched only by Ms. Fleming herself!