10 Questions for Renee Fleming

The same American soprano who got booed at Milan's La Scala a few years ago went to Paris this month to receive the Légion d'Honneur. After recording three new albums--the jazz-inspired Haunted Heart, the Strauss opera Daphne and a collection of sacred songs--Renée Fleming, 46, spoke with TIME's Terry McCarthy about practicing in front of the mirror and learning to sing in Elvish.

YOU HAVE A CHRISTMAS ALBUM? Every singer eventually gets around to a Christmas disc. Only now it's called a sacred collection. My father was a choral master, and I learned these songs as I grew up. It was...

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