Artist of the Week: Renée Fleming

The Great American Soprano Brings Opera to IMAX

By Francisco Salazar
Renée Fleming needs no introduction. She is one of the most famous opera singers in the world who inspired artists around the world and who has brought her artistry to many areas of music. She has performed in movie scores, done crossover albums, sung recitals, and performed a varied repertoire that ranges from baroque, bel canto, and romantic to contemporary. This week, she brings another aspect to her artistry through a new IMAX experience.

The soprano will present the first of a series of IMAX experiences, “Cities that Sing: Paris.” The film will showcase the soprano exploring the city of lights through food, music, and fashion, among others. It will also showcase singing works inspired by Paris and collaborating with Piotr Beczala and Alexandre Duhamel, among others.

It is her way of bringing opera to a wider audience, which is something that she has advocated for throughout her career. As she told OperaWire in a recent interview, “I hope the audience will be immersed in the music (especially opera) and culture of a place I truly love. With all that’s going on these days, why not escape, for just a while, to Paris and the Théâtre du Châtelet via an IMAX screen?”

The IMAX series is just one of the many highlights of Fleming’s new season. This season will also see the soprano return to the opera stage in major role debuts. The soprano will make a return to the Paris Opera for her debut as Pat Nixon in “Nixon in China” as well as a return to the Metropolitan Opera for the role of Clarissa Vaughn in “The Hours.” And for those that miss the Paris IMAX experience, there will be a second part dedicated to Venice coming.

Here is a look at the trailer of the IMAX experience, which will also feature the soprano in a live interview with Kelsey Grammer.


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