Ute Lemper’s career is vast and varied. She has made her mark on the stage, in films, in concert and as a unique recording artist on more than 30 CDs over 40 years of career. She has been universally praised for her interpretations of Berlin Cabaret Songs, the works of Kurt Weill and Berthold Brecht and the Chansons of Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Léo Ferré, Jacques Prevert, Nino Rota, Astor Piazzolla many others and also her own compositions, as well as her portrayals in musicals and plays on Broadway, in Paris, Berlin and in London’s West End.
The year 2020 is mainly dedicated to Ute’s theatrical show Rendezvous with Marlene which is her homage to Marlene Dietrich and tells her true story in word and music. This show is hugely popular and performances are scheduled all over the world. Simultaneously her new album, also named Rendezvous with Marlene will be released, featuring 20 of the most beloved songs that Marlene sang, but reinvented by Ute, her musicians and the beautiful sounding Viennese Orchestra.
Rendezvous with Marlene is based on a 3-hour phone call and exchange between Marlene Dietrich and Ute Lemper in 1988 in Paris, more than 30 years ago. After receiving the French Molière Award for her performance in Cabaret in Paris, Ute had sent a postcard to Marlene, who had lived at 12 Avenue de Montaigne since 1979, essentially apologizing for all the media attention comparing her to Marlene Dietrich. Ute was just at the beginning of her career in theatre and music, whereas Marlene looked back on a long, fulfilled life of movies, music, incredible collaborations, love stories and stardom.
In addition 2020 is a big revival year for Ute’s favorite work written by Brecht and Weill The 7 Deadly Sins. After just finishing a tour with the Potsdamer Kammer Akademie Orchestra presenting this piece in the most beautiful concerts halls across Germany she will continue with a variety of other Orchestras across Europe and finally revisit the piece with the Dance Theater of Pina Bausch for multiple performances at the Chatelet in Paris and in Germany. Ute is especially excited about reuniting with Pina Bausch’s Dance Theater as she collaborated 25 years ago with them.
As this year presents us with the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Ute will be performing multiple concerts of her program Songs For Eternity that focuses uniquely on the songs written by Jewish prisoners during the Holocaust. Concerts with this repertoire are scheduled into 2021, including Carnegie Hall on April 7th 2021.