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    I cannot imagine a more satisfying calling than my own: beauty, humanity, and history every day, combined with the cathartic joy of singing.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: beauty  humanity  joy  imagine 
     
    I haven't really been able to transfer into that extraordinarily other worldly creature, other than I hope on stage.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: hope 
     
    Your brain has a music room, and evolution would not have gone to the trouble of designing that if it didn't have some benefits. So, that suggests to me that we and our ancestors have had music as a central part of our experience for eons. And we're just beginning to understand how that might be. I think that's fascinating.
    — Renee Fleming
    While it's a fact that a voice begins with natural talent, any talent must be nurtured, cajoled, wrestled with pampered, challenged, and, at every turn, examined.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: talent  facts 
     
    Perfection often creates such a flawless surface that there's no place for the audience to enter into a piece, while the idiosyncrasies of individual style are like windows into the singer's heart.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: heart  perfection 
     
    In a way, being an opera singer is like being a very romantic sixteen-year-old who falls in love with great passion and conviction every month.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: romantic  passion 
     
    I have a noble history of being rejected by a lot of places, only to discover that the one that finally lets me in is in fact the perfect fit.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: facts  noble 
     
    Music was language in our house. It was air.....I feel certain that if I absorbed any lessons at all in the first months and years of my life, they must have been about the work that went into making a beautiful sound.
    — Renee Fleming
    Certainly, jazz has become more of a niche, which is surprising, because it's our music. It's the national music of America.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: music  america 
     
    The more you put into it, the more you and the audience will get out of it.
    — Renee Fleming
    Among the important realizations I had in my own days in the practice room was that if any one route to any one phrase didn't work after days of trying, then the exact opposite route should at least be explored, as well as every alternative in between, as counterintuitive as that often seemed.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: work  realization 
     
    I don't want to record anything unless it can be great and genuinely interesting.
    — Renee Fleming
    The student's job is to stay open-minded, to quell the knee-jerk defensiveness we all possess in the face of suggestions for improvement, and to maintain patience when faced with a process that is often slow, confusing, and frustrating.
    — Renee Fleming
    It is our responsibility to learn how to speak to an audience that is less informed about music, to give it a reason to want to come and see us instead of going to the movies.
    — Renee Fleming
    So much can be gained from watching other singers, seeing what they do and what they don't do, seeing how they look when they breathe, how wide they open their mouths for a high note.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: seeing 
     
    In a sense, it's less about seeing how high up I can vault than about seeing how deeply I can explore my potential...Ambition for me is about the willingness to work, the ability to mine my own soul fearlessly.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: work  soul  seeing 
     
    Everybody's a work in progress. I'm a work in progress. I mean, I've never arrived. I'm still learning all the time.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: time  work  progress  learning 
     
    We sing with the entire body. The sounds that we make emanate not just from the head, but from the whole heart and soul, and, most important, the gut.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: heart  soul  body 
     
    There's no performance where I never have to think about setting up a phrase or making a technical adjustment while I'm performing.
    — Renee Fleming
    Someone once said that there are probably seven naturally good singing days in a year-and those are days you won't be booked. What we must learn is how to sing through all the other days.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: learn 
     
    The reason that some singers go on to become great artists has very little to do with their voices, but rather with the fact that they have used their instruments as tools for detailed communication.
    — Renee Fleming
    We are unique, each human voice, not because we are completely self-generated, but because of who we choose to assemble the countless factors that made us.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: human 
     
    I don't want to be somebody who stands still and sings pretty. Each song is a world. Each song is a story. I don't achieve nearly what I want.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: world  song  achieve  stories 
     
    Fostering creativity in children is as important as any other part of the school curriculum because it feeds the soul. A daily dose of creativity helps children imagine a better world and then create it.
    — Renee Fleming
    When a human being without amplification makes a sound that is high and loud, it is almost unworldly.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: human 
     
    Well, any time Im preparing for a performance or even a rehearsal, its as if in a way, like any other athletes, these are muscles that support the vocal cords which are just I believe cartilage. It demands a kind of constant warming up and a constant feeling of where is the voice today.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: time  believe 
     
    I've lived in New York all my life, and we went to the Mormon Pageant each year in upstate New York. It still is a wonderful production. I remember going and seeing the performance and listening to the music. My father had Mormon Tabernacle Choir music, and we would listen to it and sing with it.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: listening  seeing  music  father  year 
     
    For years, I had no time for exploratory travel.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: time  travel  year 
     
    If I have to hold a note for a long time, I imagine it as moving and spinning, for the note has to have life. In a way, a singer actually refreshes a note with every beat that it's held.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: time  imagine 
     
    I've spent hours and hours doing research into Appalachian folk music. My grandfather was a fiddler. There is something very immediate, very simple and emotional, about that music.
    — Renee Fleming
    With classical singing you have to put out so much air - you project, you emit force.
    — Renee Fleming
    At this stage in my career, I don't have to take any big risks. You want to take a calculated risk, not one that leads to people saying 'yes, but there was that one time when she made that big mistake.' It's always a shame when that happens, especially if you've gotten by for decades without anything hugely tragic.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: time  people  mistakes  risk  shame  career  saying 
     
    I was always a very good student.
    — Renee Fleming
    I have not changed with the accomplishments. I've remained the same. If I had changed, great. You know, but I haven't.
    — Renee Fleming
    I have had a very difficult time with stage fright; it undermines your well-being and peace of mind, and it can also threaten your livelihood.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: time  peace  mind 
     
    I have a certain image that's more classic, and I'm happy to stay out of the fray.
    — Renee Fleming
    Having to travel so much plays havoc with your personal life.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: travel  personal 
     
    I want to get out of the major opera houses.
    — Renee Fleming
    I do everything in the third person. Performance is about being someone else.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: people 
     
    My worry is that opera will become an historic art form as opposed to a living, breathing thing.
    — Renee Fleming
    tags: living  worries  historic 
     
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