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As the temporary shutdown of Broadway and theatres around the world continues, Playbill is reaching out to artists to see how they are physically and creatively responding to a changed world. ANDREW GANS checks in with… Grammy-Winning Opera Star and Carousel Tony Nominee Renée Fleming. The world-renowned artist will be seen December 31 on the PBS special United in Song: Celebrating the Resilience of America.

A recipient of the National Medal of Arts who made her Broadway debut in Joe DiPietro's Living on Love and later received a Tony nomination for her performance as Nettie Fowler in the 2018 revival of Carousel. Fleming subsequently starred in several stagings of the Tony-winning The Light in the Piazza, including a limited engagement at London's Royal Festival Hall. She was most recently seen opposite Tony nominee Vanessa Williams in A Time to Sing, which launched the Kennedy Center's On Stage at the Opera House series, marking the first in-person performance at the Center since the pandemic began.

This four-time Grammy winner, who has performed in virtually all of the world's greatest opera houses, will next be seen in United in Song: Celebrating the Resilience of America, which was filmed in front of a small, socially distanced audience at George Washington's Mount Vernon and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and will premiere December 31 at 8 PM ET on PBS. The 90-minute special also features Tony winners Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell and Tony nominees Anna Deavere Smith and Josh Groban, among others.

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