The Inner Voice

The Inner Voice

The Making of a Singer

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  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101098882
  • 240 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


The fascinating personal story of one of the most celebrated talents in today’s music scene

The star of the Metropolitan Opera’s recent revival of Dvorak’s Rusalka, soprano Renée Fleming brings a consummately beautiful voice, striking interpretive talents, and compelling artistry to bear on performances that have captivated audiences in opera houses and recital halls throughout the world. In The Inner Voice—a book that is the story of her own artistic development and the “autobiography” of her voice—this great performer presents a unique and privileged look at the making of a singer and offers hard-won, practical advice to aspiring performance artists everywhere. From her youth as the child of two singing teachers through her years at Juilliard, from her struggles to establish her career to her international success, The Inner Voice is a luminous, articulate, and candid self-portrait of a contemporary artist—and the most revelatory examination yet of the performing life.

Table of Contents



Chapter One: Family

Chapter Two: Education

Chapter Three: Apprenticeship

Chapter Four: Mentors

Chapter Five: Success

Chapter Six: Challenge

Chapter Seven: Business

Chapter Eight: Longevity

Chapter Nine: Image

Chapter Ten: Performance

Chapter Eleven: Roles

Chapter Twelve: Backstage

Chapter Thirteen: Coda