A new batch of IMAX movies kicks off tomorrow, featuring tours of major music cities led by Grammy-winning soprano Renee Fleming.
Renée Fleming’s Cities That Sing – Paris will premiere in IMAX theaters worldwide on September 18. Cities That Sing by Renée Fleming – Venice will premiere in the coming months, as will the screenings of her film in Paris.
Fleming will also join actor and producer Kelsey Grammer tomorrow for a live talk at 3 p.m. ET at New York’s AMC Lincoln Square IMAX Theater ahead of the film’s Paris debut. This will be broadcast simultaneously in participating theaters around the world and spectators can ask Flemish questions live.
The Paris and Venice films are Stage Access productions.
In Cities That Sing by Renée Fleming – Paris, With tenor Piotr Beczala, soprano Axelle Fanyo and baritone Alexandre Duhamel at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Fleming brings opera selections with connections to Paris. Fleming will also visit locations in Paris related to art and culture, and others to which she has a personal connection, along with director Robert Carsen and couturier Alexis Mabille.
In Cities That Sing by Renée Fleming – Venice, Fleming will perform with Italian tenor Francesco Meli, baritone Mattia Olivieri and mezzo Paola Gardina at the Teatro La Fenice. Fleming will also visit some of her favorite Venetian destinations, both by land and sea, along with La Fenice’s artistic director, Fortunato Ortombina, and the orchestra’s conductor, Riccardo Frizza.
Fleming, the winner of four Grammy awards and the National Medal of Arts, performed at the Nobel Peace Prize and Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. She is also the only classical performer to ever sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.
In a recent interview, she said she was approached “out of nowhere” to create the new series, to tour “major European capitals and stories of the repertoire – there is so much for me.”
“Everyone in the world loves Paris. We want them to leave after the pandemic and think a trip to Paris would be so amazing,” she said.
Venice is also special, she said, because it was the home of the composer Giuseppe Verdi; she also said that opera was invented in Italy in the 16th centurye century.
The movies, she noted, will be a “great way to try opera. We want people to do something different and new,” especially those who are intimidated by entering an opera house.
“We are honored to create this remarkable series, reinventing 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 CEO of Stage access. . “Fleming’s ability to connect with the audience as a performer and host is unparalleled, along with the intimacy and scale of IMAX.”
“It is an honor to work with Renée Fleming on this groundbreaking series that will bring the greatness of her music and these unforgettable cities to life in IMAX for the first time,” said Megan Colligan, president of IMAX Entertainment.