Soprano Renée Fleming, known as “the people’s diva,” has done more to elevate the artistry of classical voice than any other American artist. In 2013, she received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama—the highest honor awarded to an individual artist in the U.S.—as well as a Best Classical Vocal Solo Grammy (her fourth) for Poémes, an intimate collection of 20th-century French music. In 2014, she performed the title role in Dvorák’s Rusalka at the Metropolitan Opera as well as hosting duties for The Met’s Live in HD series. As the first creative consultant for Chicago Lyric Opera, she has brought energy to the storied organization’s audience engagement efforts, and has helped curate the world premiere of Bel Canto, based on Ann Patchett’s novel, in 2015. She also became the first classical artist to perform the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, bringing her artistry to a vast new audience.