Dreamworks Animation SKG, Inc. today announced that acclaimed soprano Renee Fleming has performed the original song "Still Dream" on the soundtrack for the upcoming Rise of the Guardians, which also features a score by Four-Time Academy Award® nominated and Grammy® Award winning composer Alexandre Desplat. Varese Sarabande will release the soundtrack on November 13, preceding the film's nationwide release on November 21.
The original, end-credit song "Still Dream" was written and produced by Desplat, with lyrics by Rise of the Guardians screenwriter, Grammy® Award 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."
"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 Renee 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. Ms. 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.