Renee Fleming will visit major musical cities in the new IMAX series which debuts tomorrow
A new series of IMAX films, with tours of major musical cities led by Grammy-winning soprano Renee Fleming, will begin tomorrow.
The Singing Cities by Renée Fleming – Paris will have its world premiere in IMAX theaters on September 18. The Singing Cities by Renée Fleming – Venice will premiere in the coming months, as will screenings of his Parisian film.
Fleming will also join actor and producer Kelsey Grammer in a live chat at 3 p.m. ET tomorrow at the AMC Lincoln Square IMAX theater in New York ahead of the Paris film’s debut. This will be simulcast to participating cinemas around the world, and audience members will be able to ask Fleming questions live.
The Paris and Venice films are Stage Access productions.
In Singing Cities by Renée Fleming – Paris, Fleming will perform selections from Paris-related operas with tenor Piotr Beczala, soprano Axelle Fanyo and baritone Alexandre Duhamel at the Théâtre du Châtelet. Fleming will also visit Parisian venues linked to arts and culture, and others with which she has a personal connection, joined by director Robert Carsen and fashion designer Alexis Mabille.
In The Singing Cities by Renée Fleming – Venice, Fleming will perform with Italian tenor Francesco Meli, baritone Mattia Olivieri and mezzo Paola Gardina at Teatro La Fenice. Fleming will also visit some of her favorite Venetian destinations by land and sea, accompanied by La Fenice’s artistic director, Fortunato Ortombina, and conductor, Riccardo Frizza.
Fleming, who has won four Grammy Awards and the National Medal of Arts, performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace. She is also the only classical artist to have sung the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
In a recent interview, she said she was approached “out of the blue” to do the new series, to shoot “great European capitals and stories from the repertoire – there’s so much to me”.
“Everyone in the world loves Paris. We want them to come back after the pandemic thinking that a trip to Paris would be so great,” she said.
Venice is also special, she says, because it was the home of composer Giuseppe Verdi; she also said that opera was invented in Italy in the 16e century.
The films, she noted, will be a “fabulous way to try opera. We want people to do something different and new,” especially those who are intimidated when entering an opera.
“We are honored to have been able to create this remarkable series reimagining how classical music can be enjoyed and connected to culture in the most immersive experiences with the incomparable Renée Fleming,” said Bruce H. Lipnick, Founder and managing director of Stage Access. . “Fleming’s ability to connect with audiences as a performer and host is unmatched, as is the intimacy and scale of IMAX.”
“It’s an honor to collaborate with Renée Fleming on this groundbreaking series that will bring the grandeur of her music and those unforgettable cities to life in IMAX for the first time,” said Megan Colligan, President of IMAX Entertainment.