IMG Artists GmbH is thrilled to welcome the incomparable Ute Lemper to its roster for Asian, North American and UK representation. Ms Lemper will be represented by an international team, led by EVP & Geschäftsführer Harold Clarkson from the company’s Hannover office.
Mr Clarkson said: “On behalf of IMG Artists GmbH I am thrilled that Ute Lemper has decided to join our artist roster. Her wide ranging repertoire, amazing background knowledge and riveting performances make her a consummate artist that appeals to so many different audiences, all the way from cabaret, and jazz to symphony concerts. The team looks forward to supporting her many creative ideas and to bringing new and well-established projects to audiences.”
Ms Lemper said: “I am excited to start my collaboration with IMG Artists. I have been touring the world for more than 35 years now and am so grateful to have built solid artistic friendships and audiences in so many different countries, yet it feels I have only just begun this journey. With IMG Artist representing me, I hope for many new opportunities to refine this forever moving mosaic of artistic adventures, new collaborations and international concert tours.”
Ms Lemper is currently on tour with her universally acclaimed theatrical show, Rendezvous with Marlene. This personal homage, which tells the true story of the reclusive star in word and song, has been called, “pure gold…a staggering night of pure-diamond entertainment” (GScene), “an event not to be missed” (Broadway World), and “an extraordinary, unforgettable evening” (Musical Theatre Review). The soundtrack, featuring Ms Lemper’s stunning performances with the Viennese Orchestra of 20 of Marlene’s most beloved songs, will be released in spring 2020.
In addition, 2020 sees Ms Lemper’s revival of one of her favourite works: 7 Deadly Sins by Berthold Brecht and Kurt Weill. She will tour the work throughout Europe, culminating with a collaboration with the Dance Theater of Pina Bausch in Paris and Germany.
Ms Lemper will honour the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz in 2020 and 2021 with a series of concerts of her programme, Songs for Eternity, which focuses uniquely on the songs written by Jewish prisoners during the Holocaust.
2020/21 will also see two additional touring programmes. Berlin/Berlin is a musical journey through the city’s chapters from Weimar to today. West Australian Review writes of the show that, “This German artist brings a depth of intelligence, a sense of history, a political and social awareness, a knowing irony to her material few can match. She is the benchmark for singers.” Songs from a Broken Heart features Ute’s own compositions with lyrics by Charles Bukowski and Paulo Coelho along with songs by Léo Ferré, Jacques Brel, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Philip Glass, and Kurt Weill. The program cuts to the edge of Ute’s heart and soul. With very simple and pure arrangements, she tells stories of life, wonder, love, doubt, and loss, tales of her own long sleepless nights. In 2021, Ute will tour her Hommage to Astor Piazzolla for his 100th Birthday.
The Olivier Award winning, Grammy® nominated star of stage and screen, Ute Lemper was born in Münster, Germany and completed her studies at The Dance Academy in Cologne and the Max Reinhardt Seminary Drama School in Vienna. She currently lives in New York with her four children. A serious triple-threat, she has thrilled her legion of fans throughout her 40-year career in award-winning turns as Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Molière Award), Velma Kelly in Chicago (American Theatre Award), Lola in The Blue Angel and many more; as a siren in solo and orchestral concerts; on screen in L’Autrichienne, Prospero’s Books, Prêt-à-Porter; and with her celebrated recordings on DECCA, CBS Records and POLYDOR.