Opera star Renée Fleming to take part in live Imax events linked to ‘Cities That Sing’ documentaries on Paris and Venice – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Opera star Renée Fleming will appear in Live Chats in September and October linked to Imax releases of documentary films focusing on Paris and Venice.
The “Cities That Sing” installments feature Flemish chants, along with special guests, as well as exploring the two European capitals. (Watch a trailer above.)
The Parisian film will premiere in Imax theaters worldwide on September 18 and the one in Venice will open on October 30.
Both films are produced by Stage Access and were filmed for Imax using company-certified cameras. In addition to exclusive performances, they present the art, history, cuisine and music of Paris and Venice.
On September 18, Fleming will take part in a live chat, which will be simulcast on the Imax Live network to other participating theaters. Actor and producer Kelsey Grammer will moderate the discussion with Fleming, including a Q&A session with the audience. It will take place at 3 p.m. ET from the AMC Lincoln Square Imax Auditorium in New York City. Additional playdates for The Singing Cities by Renée Fleming – Paris will be announced within a week of the conversation.
Imax Corp. has increasingly focused on live events in its auditoriums, citing recent success in stand-up comedy, concerts, and esports.
Additional details for Venice, plus additional destinations for upcoming installments in The Singing Cities by Renée Fleming 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,” Fleming said. “It’s thrilling to bring these places – and their glorious music – to audiences with the immersive power and scale of Imax.”
The Paris film includes a performance by Fleming at the historic Théâtre du Châtelet. She is joined on stage by tenor Piotr Beczala and performers Axelle Fanyo and Alexandre Duhamel for interpretations of well-known opera selections related to the city of Paris. During a city tour, Fleming talks with fashion designer Alexis Mabille and opera director Robert Carsen about the connection between music and culture in Paris.
Both films are directed by François-René Martin and produced by Tripp Hornick and Elmar Kruse. Jason Richmond, John Turner and Bruce H. Lipnick are executive producers.
In the Venice film, Fleming welcomes Italian tenor Francesco Meli, baritone Mattia Olivieri and mezzo Paola Gardina to the stage of the legendary Teatro La Fenice. Behind the scenes, Fleming tours the city’s iconic canals and other destinations. Fortunato Ortombina and Riccardo Frizza, respectively artistic director and conductor of La Fenice, join Fleming to explore the city.
“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 Lipnick, Founder and CEO of Stage. Access. “Fleming’s ability to connect with audiences as a performer and host is unmatched, as is Imax’s intimacy and scale.”
Imax Entertainment president Megan Colligan, who came to the company after long executive stints at Paramount and Fox Searchlight, has spearheaded many of the company’s initiatives beyond the traditional release of Hollywood blockbusters.
“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 Colligan. “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.”