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Born: February 14, 1959 Indiana, Pennsylvania.
She is generally considered to be one of the world's leading lyric sopranos. Her beauty of tone and stage presence make her a much sought-after performer in opera houses and concert halls worldwide.
Fleming was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Rochester, New York. Both her parents are voice teachers. She also has a sister who studies music.
Fleming's first major break came in 1988 when she sang the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro at the Houston Grand Opera. In 1989, she made debuts with the New York City Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In 1991, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut. In 1997, Fleming sang her first Manon at the Opera Bastille to glowing reviews.
As a youngster, Fleming enjoyed popular music and admired the talent of Joni Mitchell among others. In addition to the standard operatic repertoire, she performs new music, Broadway show tunes, and other popular genres.
Fleming sang in the world premiere of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles with the Metropolitan Opera, in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's first performances of Floyd's Susannah, and as Blanche in the world premiere of Andre Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire, with the San Francisco Opera.
She studied music education at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam. While at SUNY-Potsdam, she took up singing with a jazz trio in an off-campus bar called Alger's. The jazz saxophonist Illinois Jacquet invited her on tour with his big band, but she chose instead to continue with graduate studies at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music and Juilliard.
Fleming has released a number of popular music recordings on the Polygram and Decca labels. She also appears on the soundtrack of the 2003 film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in which she sings in Sindarin. She also recorded "O Soave Fanciulla"; a duet with Michael Bolton.
Fleming also has a notable sense of humor. She appeared on the children's show "Sesame Street" where she sang a very lively rendition of "Caro nome" from Rigoletto, replacing the traditional words with some intended to help children learn to count forwards to and backwards from five. She has also appeared several times on Garrison Keillor's popular public radio program A Prairie Home Companion.