"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."
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."Renee Fleming on Bob Marley
"If music be the food of love, play on."Renee Fleming on William Shakespeare
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."Renee Fleming on Plato
"Without music, life would be a mistake."Renee Fleming on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water."Renee Fleming on Ray Charles
"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."