IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Stage Access today announced a pair of cinematic experiences featuring Grammy®-winning soprano Renée Fleming as she performs iconic favorites and travels through some of the biggest musical cities in the world. world.
Renée Fleming’s Singing Cities – Paris and Renée Fleming’s Singing Cities – Venice will premiere in select IMAX® theaters worldwide on September 18 and October 30, respectively.
Both films are Stage Access productions, filmed for IMAX using IMAX-certified cameras and feature exclusive performances showcasing these great cities like never before through the eyes of one of opera’s biggest stars. in the world. Walk with Fleming and his contemporaries as they explore unique art, history, cuisine and music.
On September 18, Renée Fleming will once only participate in a live conversation, which will be simultaneously broadcast on the connected IMAX LIVE network in participating theaters around the world.
Audiences around the world will have the opportunity to ask questions of Fleming live. Actor and producer Kelsey Grammar will host the discussion with Fleming at 3 p.m. ET from the AMC Lincoln Square IMAX® theater in New York City. Additional sessions for Cities That Sing – Paris by Renée Fleming will take place on September 21st.
Tickets for all screenings of Renée Fleming’s Cities That Sing – Paris will be available for purchase from August 30 on tickets.imax.com. Tickets for the Venice engagement will go on sale at a later date.
Additional details for Venice as well as additional destinations for Renee Fleming’s Singing Cities will be announced in the coming months.
“My life has taken me to some of the most magical cities in the world, with legendary opera houses and centuries of musical history,” said Renée Fleming. It’s exciting to bring these places – and their glorious music – to audiences with the immersive power and scale of IMAX.”
Cities That Sing – Paris by Renée Fleming will present a performance by Fleming in the historic Théâtre du Châtelet. Fleming is joined on stage by special guest, world renowned tenor Piotr Beczala and features performers Axelle Fanyo and Alexandre Duhamel as they perform well-known opera selections with Paris ties.
As they visit famous locations in Paris, Fleming takes audiences through the beloved city to places that influence arts and culture and especially those that have a personal connection to it. She is joined by fashion designer Alexis Mabille and acclaimed director Robert Carsen in this love letter to Parisian culture and the music that comes from it.
In Renée Fleming’s Cities That Sing – Venice, Fleming welcomes star Italian tenor Francesco Meli, along with baritone Mattia Olivieri and mezzo Paola Gardina to the world-famous stage of Venice’s Teatro La Fenice. Home to many well-known operatic premieres, La Fenice – or The Phoenix – is the backdrop for some of opera’s most famous and enduring works.
Set amid romantic canals, Fleming explores the city’s incomparable landscape and visits some of her favorite Venetian destinations, both by land and by sea. Throughout her journey, she is joined by the artistic director of La Fenice, Fortunato Ortombina, and the conductor, Riccardo Frizza. François-René Martin returns as director and producers Tripp Hornick and Elmar Kruse. Executive producers are Jason Richmond, John Turner and Bruce H. Lipnick.
“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 CEO of Stage Access, which produced both unique cinematic experiences. “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. “We look forward to taking Ms. Fleming fans on an immersive musical journey through some of the world’s most storied cities through the unparalleled sight and sound of IMAX.”
American soprano Renée Fleming is one of the most beloved and celebrated singers of our time. Winner of four Grammy® Awards and the US National Medal of Arts, Renée has performed on memorable occasions, from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace. She is the only classical artist to have performed the US national anthem at the Super Bowl.
Watch the movie trailer of the upcoming concert here:
IMAX LIVE brings a differentiated offer to the market by connecting IMAX® theaters via a high-speed network capable of simultaneously broadcasting events and experiences of all kinds around the world. Renée Fleming’s Singing Cities – Paris and Renée Fleming’s Singing Cities – Venice are the latest additions to the IMAX LIVE musical series, following a presentation of Halsey’s musical film If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power; and two sold-out concerts in support of Kanye WestDonda’s latest studio albums and Donda 2. IMAX LIVE also hosted a number of exclusive film screenings featuring conversations with participating filmmakers and talent, including peter jackson (The Beatles: Get Back – The Rooftop Concert); Jordan Pele (Nope); Frances McDormand and Joel Coen (The Tragedy of Macbeth); and Colin Trevorrow, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblumand By Wanda Sage (Jurassic Dominion of the World). This year, IMAX LIVE expanded into the gaming landscape, with Summer Game Fest Live! and the upcoming The Game Awards airing live in IMAX® theaters for the first time in December.