American soprano Renee Fleming grew up in Rochester. During her undergraduate studies at the Crane School of Music she sang with a jazz trio. While she was at Crane she decided to do her graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music.
Her first major break came in 1988, when she won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. She performed at the inaugural celebration for President Obama, and in 2014 was the first opera singer to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
Here Renee sings It's a Beautiful Day for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert (2012)
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