"I think opera has gained a kind of glamorous appeal. It's a live performance that aligns all of the arts, and when it is represented in the media, in film in particular, it is presented as something that is really a special event, whether it's a great date or something that's just hugely romantic."
"Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow."Renee Fleming on William Shakespeare
"Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance."Renee Fleming on Oscar Wilde
"The word 'romance,' according to the dictionary, means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real. Romance should last a lifetime."Renee Fleming on Billy Graham
"A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure."Renee Fleming on Charlie Chaplin
"Romantic love is mental illness. But it's a pleasurable one. It's a drug. It distorts reality, and that's the point of it. It would be impossible to fall in love with someone that you really saw."Renee Fleming on Fran Lebowitz
"I've always been inspired by artists who have shown musical and intellectual curiosity and the courage to take risks."
"My parents discussed singing every night over the dinner table I had a tremendous music education."
"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."
"Being steeped in the process of learning and exploring keeps me from becoming too nervous. Partly it's about not getting bored."
"Learning operatic roles is ongoing, and I find that I can learn on the train or subway, during a manicure, getting my hair done, and even while driving if I only look at the score at red lights."