IMAX Live & Stage Access Announce ‘Renée Fleming’s Cities That Sing’

By Francisco Salazar

IMAX Corporation and Stage Access have announced a pair of film experiences featuring soprano Renée Fleming.

The experience will showcase the soprano performing iconic favorites as she tours some of the greatest musical cities of the world. “Renée Fleming’s Cities That Sing – Paris” and “Renée Fleming’s Cities That Sing – Venice” will premiere in select IMAX® theaters globally on Sept. 18 and Oct. 30, 2022. Both films are Stage Access productions, filmed for IMAX using IMAX-certified cameras and featuring exclusive performances showcasing these great cities as never before seen through the eyes of the great soprano.

The first film will be presented on Sept. 18, and Renée Fleming will participate in a live conversation, which will be simultaneously broadcast across the IMAX LIVE connected network to participating theaters globally. Kelsey Grammer will moderate the discussion with Fleming from New York’s AMC Lincoln Square IMAX® theater. The film will be shown again on Sept. 21.

Additional details for the Venice video, along with additional “Renée Fleming’s Cities That Sing” destinations, will be announced in the coming months.

In a statement, Fleming said, “My life has taken me to some of the most magical cities around the globe, with legendary opera houses and centuries of musical history. It’s thrilling to bring these places — and their glorious music — to audiences with the immersive power and scale of IMAX.”

The first film dedicated to Paris will feature a performance from Fleming at the historic Théâtre du Châtelet where she will be joined by Piotr Beczala, Axelle Fanyo, and Alexandre Duhamel. François-René Martin directs the video, while Tripp Hornick and Elmar Kruse produce. Executive Producers are Jason Richmond, John Turner and Bruce H. Lipnick.

Meanwhile, the film dedicated to Venice will feature Francesco Meli, Mattia Olivieri, and Paola Gardina performing at the Teatro La Fenice. Along her journey through Venice, Fleming is joined by La Fenice’s Artistic Director, Fortunato Ortombina, and the orchestra’s Conductor, Riccardo Frizza. François-René Martin returns as Director as well as Producers Tripp Hornick and Elmar Kruse. Executive Producers are Jason Richmond, John Turner and Bruce H. Lipnick.