The White House has announced that President Barack Obama will award soprano Renée Fleming with the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal.  The ceremony will take place on 10th July. According to a quite populist statement released by the White House, Ms Fleming will be honoured « for her contributions to American music. Known to many as ‘the people’s diva,’ Ms Fleming has captivated audiences around the world with an adventurous repertoire spanning opera and the classical tradition to jazz and contemporary pop. »

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