Renee Fleming: I can help with long Covid

Renee Fleming: I can help with long Covid


norman lebrecht

April 15, 2022

From Agence France Presse:

Last summer, the 63-year-old diva launched a new online initiative, “Healing Breath”, alongside other singers including Angelique Kidjo and several Broadway stars.

“We are experts in breathing. It’s the foundation of what we do — like swimmers,” she told AFP ahead of a performance at the Paris Opera this week.

“The idea is to enable long Covid patients, or any person with lung problems, to extend their breath,” she said…

Fleming is also advising experts at Johns Hopkins University on a “NeuroArts Blueprint” that aims to create a network of researchers and artists developing ideas around art therapy.

“What I would love to see happen is for the arts to be fully integrated into our healthcare system,” she said, praising efforts to do so in Britain and some US states.

“Music has been with us for at least 55,000 years judging by the musical instruments we have found, and probably much longer. It’s in our DNA to respond to music and arts.”…


Read on here.


  • A.L. says:

    From s(w)inger to neurologist to archaeologist to healer. What next?

  • Brettermeier says:

    “What I would love to see happen is for the arts to be fully integrated into our healthcare system”

    The bagpiper will see you now.

    • salvame says:

      What a clever way to dismiss an entire field (music and arts therapy) that has helped hundred of thousands of patients since World War I. Fleming’s advocacy has been to support rigorous research that will make the neurological basis and benefits of these therapies better understood. Because they are non-pharmaceutical, non-invasive, and sometimes applicable through tele-health, music and arts therapies offer enormouse potential, without a natural corporate source of funding research.

  • Cantantelirico says:

    Stay in your own lane for God’s sake.

  • Tiredofitall says:

    Dear, dear Renee, please cease trying to remain relevant. You had a good run as a singer. More of your nonsense and that is all you will be remembered for. (Joyce, please take note.)

    Enjoy your retirement. Thanks for many enjoyable evenings at the opera.

    • salvame says:

      Why would you so blithely patronize and dismiss anyone for advocating support of therapies that help people with aphasia, PTSD, chronic pain, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injuries? Clearly, from this thread, there is broad ignorance of these therapies. Someone is using their platform to advocate for further research and better awareness. If it makes you feel superior to question their motives, or adopt an ageist attitude to their contributions, it doesn’t diminish the value of their work.

  • Maria says:

    Oh, dear God! So she can now help with long covid? Wonder how much it would cost to avail of this initiative from yet another American singer rebranding themselves. My British sceptism, I’m afraid!

  • Brian says:

    Is there anything she can’t do?

  • Dr William A Evans says:

    An excellent project. I hope it enjoys great success and helps many individuals experiencing respiratory problems.

  • Sybil Kinbote says:

    The negativity here is surprising even by SD standards. 16 /free/ videos offering at least as many options to address breathing problems – all created by people who depend on free breathing for a living and who’ve had to train the apparatus along the way. How can this be anything but a positive?

  • Sybil Kinbote says:

    My paste didn’t paste. Here is the link to the Kennedy Center site with the videos.