Renee Fleming

Renée Fleming was recently nominated for a Tony award for her performance in the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "Carousel." She has a new album of Broadway songs from the 1920s to the present day.

In the album's press release, Fleming says, "This repertoire is so rich, and the sheer quality of the music is so high that it's been a joy to record these songs." The album includes music of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Meredith Willson, Adam Guettel and Stephen Sondheim, among others.

Renée Fleming is becoming America's go-to singer. The celebrated soprano, who has performed at a broad range of high-profile events off the opera stage, is scheduled to sing at Senator John McCain's memorial service this Saturday at Washington's National Cathedral.

Fleming is slated to sing the Irish standard "Danny Boy" — at McCain's request — alongside tributes to the late Senator by Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, and a homily by Bay Area Catholic leader Father Edward A. Reese.

Renée Fleming and Francis Collins have something unexpected in common: music.

Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, plays guitar. Fleming, of course, is a renowned soprano.

The opera firmament was shaken yesterday when a New York Times article, headlined "The Diva Departs: Renée Fleming's Farewell to Opera," landed online.