Renee Fleming has announced that she will be retiring from the opera stage.
In an interview with the New York Times, the soprano announced her farewell to the opera stage. However, she did note that she would give more concerts, make more records, find new music to sing, and spend more time at the Lyric Opera of Chicago where she is the creative consultant for the company.
According to the soprano the decision was inspired by her mentor and friend Leontyne Price who also retired from the stage at 58. “My guide to this whole process, when I was thinking about what to do, was Leontyne Price. She said that her concertizing afterward was when she had the most fun, and she also said something to the effect that she felt she was no longer surrounded by her colleagues. That becomes true very quickly — pretty soon your colleagues are of another generation.”
Fleming had not confirmed the retirement when she performed her final run at the Royal Opera House earlier this year. Earlier this year she said that of she found the right part she would return to the stage.
The soprano begins performances of Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” on April 13 with her final performance on May 13.