Last Tango in Berlin
Vana Gierig, piano
Victor Villena, bandoneon
Presented in partnership with KUT-FM
Chanteuse Ute Lemper has made her indelible mark on the stage, in films, in concert, and as a recording artist on more than 30 albums.
The Last Tango in Berlin concert features the different musical chapters of Lemper’s main repertoire while leaving space for open improvisations and great moments of virtuosity. It also celebrates Ute's inspiration and play with jazz and ethnic musical influences. The destiny of these songs takes us on a journey through the dark alleys of Berlin, New York, Buenos Aires, and Paris, drawing in evocative tangos from the pens of Astor Piazzolla, Edith Piaf Kurt Weill, and Jacques Brel.
[Lemper] embodies the Marlene Dietrich archetype of a forbidding continental temptress who has seen it all.
– The New York Times
- Lemper played Sally Bowles in the original Paris production of Cabaret, for which she won the 1987 Molière Award for Best Newcomer.
- She starred as Velma Kelly in the revival of London and New York revival of Chicago which won her the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
- She dubbed the singing voices of Ariel in Disney's The Little Mermaid and Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame for German-speaking audiences.
- Lemper was nominated for Best Classical Vocal Solo at the GRAMMY awards in 2013 for her album, “Paris Days, Berlin Nights.”
- Scott Walker, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Philip Glass, and Neil Hannon wrote songs especially for Lemper for her album Punishing Kiss.