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Renee Fleming Singing for Rise of the Guardians Cartoon

Rise Of The Guardians

Rise Of The Guardians

Acclaimed soprano Renee Flem­ing has per­formed the orig­i­nal song “Still Dream” on the sound­track for the upcom­ing Rise of the Guardians, Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion announced.

The film also fea­tures a score by four-time Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning com­poser Alexan­dre Desplat. Varese Sara­bande will release the sound­track Novem­ber 13, pre­ced­ing the film’s nation­wide release Novem­ber 21.

The orig­i­nal end-credit song “Still Dream” was writ­ten and pro­duced by Desplat, with lyrics by Rise of the Guardians screen­writer, Grammy nom­i­nee and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Lindsay-Abaire. The com­plete score, recorded at the his­toric Abbey Road in Lon­don and Air Stu­dios, was per­formed by the Lon­don Sym­phony Orches­tra and fea­tures choral work by Lon­don Voices. To cre­ate the music and lyrics for the orig­i­nal song, Desplat and Lindsay-Abaire drew upon the film’s heroic and sweep­ing story as inspiration.

There is much more music in Rise of the Guardians than is found in the aver­age live-action film,” says Desplat, who con­ducted the Lon­don Sym­phony Orches­tra in the record­ing of his orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions. “The goal with the score was to empha­size every moment of joy, sad­ness and soul so that audi­ences would be able to dive with the char­ac­ters into their worlds. The main theme — con­vey­ing all the won­der of children’s dreams and their beliefs — became the melody on which I wrote the song.”

Renee Fleming

Renee Flem­ing

This is a truly beau­ti­ful film and I am hon­ored to per­form ‘Still Dream,’ which serves as the per­fect finale for Alexandre’s incred­i­ble film score,” says Fleming.

One of the most beloved and cel­e­brated musi­cal ambas­sadors of our time, soprano Renee Flem­ing cap­ti­vates audi­ences with her sump­tu­ous voice, con­sum­mate artistry, and com­pelling stage pres­ence. Known as “the people’s diva” and named 2012 Female Singer of the Year by the Ger­man Echo awards, she con­tin­ues to grace the world’s great­est opera stages and con­cert halls, now extend­ing her reach to include other musi­cal forms and media.

Flem­ing is a three-time Grammy Award win­ner. Last June, in a his­toric first, she sang on the bal­cony of Buck­ing­ham Palace for the Dia­mond Jubilee of Queen Eliz­a­beth II.

Four-time Acad­emy Award nom­i­nee Desplat is one of the most cov­eted film com­posers in the world today, noted for his cre­ative col­lab­o­ra­tions with some of the world’s top film­mak­ers. Desplat has scored a wide range of acclaimed films and received Oscar nom­i­na­tions for his music in Fan­tas­tic Mr. Fox, The King’s Speech, The Curi­ous Case of Ben­jamin But­ton and The Queen. Desplat received the Golden Globe for his orig­i­nal score for The Painted Veil and has been nom­i­nated for three Grammy Awards, win­ning one for The King’s Speech.

Lindsay-Abaire is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play­wright, screen­writer, lyri­cist and libret­tist. He was nom­i­nated for a Grammy Award and two Tonys for his work on Shrek The Musi­cal: Best Score, and Best Book of a Musical.

His most recent play, Good Peo­ple, pre­miered on Broad­way last sea­son, and was awarded the 2011 New York Drama Crit­ics Cir­cle Award for Best Play, The Hor­ton Foote Prize, The Edger­ton Foun­da­tion New Amer­i­can Play Award and two Tony nom­i­na­tions. His pre­vi­ous play, Rab­bit Hole, received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, five Tony nom­i­na­tions and the Spirit of Amer­ica Award.

In addi­tion to his work in the­atre, his screen cred­its include his film adap­ta­tion of Rab­bit Hole, as well as the upcom­ing fea­ture Rise of the Guardians.

Rise of the Guardians is an epic adven­ture that tells the story of a group of heroes — each with extra­or­di­nary abil­i­ties. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gaunt­let to take over the world, the immor­tal Guardians must join forces for the first time to pro­tect the hopes, beliefs and imag­i­na­tion of chil­dren all over the world. The film stars Alec Bald­win, Jude Law, Isla Fisher, Chris Pine and Hugh Jackman.

Rise of the Guardians is directed by Peter Ram­sey, writ­ten by Lindsay-Abaire, pro­duced by Christina Stein­berg and Nancy Bern­stein, and exec­u­tive pro­duced by William Joyce and Guillermo del Toro.