The World Economic Forum has announced Renée Fleming as one of the winners of this year’s Crystal Award.
In its 29th year, the Crystal Award honors exceptional artists and cultural leaders whose important contributions to society have made a tangible impact on improving the state of the world and who best represent the attitude of openness and cooperation that is the “spirit of Davos.”
In a press release, the award is given to Fleming because “she is a leading advocate for research at the intersection of arts, health and neuroscience. Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time, performing on the stages of the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls. Honored with four Grammy® awards and the US National Medal of Arts, she has sung at momentous occasions from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II to the Super Bowl.”
Fleming presented her programme, Music and the Mind, around the world. She is a founding advisor for major initiatives in this field, including the Sound Health Network at UCSF and the Neuro Arts Blueprint at Johns Hopkins University.
In addition to Fleming, the Crystal Award will be presented to Maya Lin and Idris Elba, and Sabrina Dhowre Elba.
The Crystal Award is presented at Davos each year by the Chair of the World Arts Forum.