• The Bard SummerScape Festival - Upstate New York

    Dear readers, this festival is very promising, and it includes an opera. It will happen in Annandale-on-Hudson, 90 miles north of New York City (round trip by train is available for $30), with 7 weeks of opera, music, dance, film, theater, and more, with a strong focus on French culture.

    The event takes place in an outstanding venue, the Richard B. Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, by architect Frank Gehry. Just look at these pictures!









    And then, the region is fun! You have the Culinary Institute of America nearby, the Roosevelt Estate, wineries, boat trips on the Hudson river...

    Every year they produce one opera - in innovative, avant-gard productions.

    This year, it will be Chabrier's Le Roi Malgré Lui (The King in Spite of Himself), sung in French with English supertitles - an interesting work that is rarely given.



    Performance dates:

    July 27 and August 3 at 7 pm
    July 29 and August 1 and 5 at 3 pm

    Tickets: $30, 60, 70, 90
    This opera is about Henri de Valois, a 16th-century French noble elected by the people of Poland to be their king, despite the fact that he really wanted to go back to his native France. The staging will be given a contemporary treatment by director Thaddeus Strassberger (he'll be likely interviewed by Amfortas for Opera Lively, stay tuned), who also directed Bard SummerScape’s acclaimed productions of Les Huguenots (2009) and The Distant Sound (2010). It is a coproduction with Ireland’s Wexford Festival Opera.

    For tickets and more information, click [here] (as a matter of fact I'm strongly considering a trip up there myself to see this in person).

    And of course it's not just the opera... Like I said the festival has many other events in music, dance, theater, film, etc.

    Check it out, the entire program is available from the Bard College web site, [here].

    I'm telling you this looks like fun, see for instance this part of the festival:

    "The Spiegeltent: Once again, Bard’s glittering “Mirror Tent” is the stage for a rich array of performers, from dauntless acrobats to bawdy cabaret acts to musicians without boundaries. Before and after performances, enjoy light fare, meals, and drinks selected from the Hudson Valley’s farms, dairies, wineries, and breweries. As a place to meet friends, bring the kids, or relax between shows, the Spiegeltent is hard to top."

    The website of 21C Media Group, a nice agency that represents many opera singers and has opened access for Opera Lively to some important artists, is also promoting the festival; read their information [here].

    SummerScape 2012: chronological list of highlights

    July 6–8 SummerScape opens with Compagnie Fêtes galantes
    July 13–22 Ten performances of Molière’s drama The Imaginary Invalid
    July 12–Aug 12 Film Festival “France and the Colonial Imagination” (11 films)
    July 14 Gala benefit in the Spiegeltent
    July 27–Aug 5 Five performances of Emmanuel Chabrier’s opera The King in Spite of Himself
    August 10 Annual Bard Music Festival opening-night dinner in the Spiegeltent
    August 10–12 Bard Music Festival, Weekend One:
    “Saint-Saëns and His World: Paris and the Culture of Cosmopolitanism”
    August 17–19 Bard Music Festival, Weekend Two:
    “Saint-Saëns and His World: Confronting Modernism”

    SummerScape 2012: key performance dates by genre

    MUSIC
    Bard Music Festival, Weekend One: “Saint-Saëns and His World: Paris and the Culture of Cosmopolitanism” (August 10–12)
    Bard Music Festival, Weekend Two: “Saint-Saëns and His World: Confronting Modernism” (August 17–19)

    Complete program details follow.

    Round-trip coach transportation from Manhattan to Bard is available on August 10, 12, 17, and 19, for particular Sosnoff Theater performances. Round-trip shuttle transportation between the MetroNorth train station in Poughkeepsie and Bard is also available for some of the performances. A fare will be charged and reservations are required for coach and shuttle transportation. Check the website for schedules and details.

    OPERA
    Emmanuel Chabrier: The King in Spite of Himself
    Sosnoff Theater
    July 27* and August 3 at 7 p.m.
    July 29* and August 1 and 5* at 3 p.m.

    Tickets: $30, 60, 70, 90

    THEATER
    Molière: The Imaginary Invalid
    Theater Two
    July 13*, 14+, 19, 20, and 21† at 8 p.m.
    July 14, 15*, 18, 21, and 22* at 3 p.m.
    Tickets: $45

    DANCE
    Compagnie Fêtes galantes
    July 6* and 7† at 8 pm
    July 8* at 3 pm
    Sosnoff Theater
    Tickets: $25, $40, $45, $55

    * Round-trip transportation from Manhattan to Bard is available for this performance. The round-trip fare is $30 and reservations are required.
    † Round-trip shuttle between the MetroNorth train station in Poughkeepsie and Bard is available for this performance. The round-trip fare is $20 and reservations are required. Shuttle service is available for all performances of the opera.
    +SummerScape Gala Benefit dinner and post-performance party.

    FILM FESTIVAL
    “France and the Colonial Imagination”
    Thursdays and Sundays, July 12 – August 12 at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m.
    Ottaway Film Center
    Tickets: $8

    SPIEGELTENT
    Cabaret, Family Fare, and SpiegelClub
    Cabaret $25; Family Fare $15 ($5 for child under 18); SpiegelClub $5

    Venues:
    SummerScape opera, theater, and dance performances and most Bard Music Festival programs are held in the Sosnoff Theater or Theater Two in Bard’s Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, designed by Frank Gehry and celebrated since its opening as a major architectural landmark in the region. Some chamber programs and other BMF events are in Olin Hall. The Spiegeltent has its own schedule of events, in addition to serving as a restaurant, café, and bar before and after performances. The Film Festival screenings are at the Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center in the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Center.

    New York City Round-Trip Coach Transportation:
    To make a reservation on the round-trip coach provided exclusively to ticket holders for specific performances indicated by * in the calendar of events that follows, call the box office at 845-758-7900. The round-trip fare is $30 and reservations are required. The coach departs from Columbus Circle four hours before scheduled curtain time to allow for dining in the Spiegeltent.

    Poughkeepsie MetroNorth Train Station Round-Trip Shuttle Transportation:
    Round-trip shuttle between the MetroNorth station in Poughkeepsie and Bard is available exclusively to ticket holders for specific performances marked with a †. Shuttle service is available for all performances of the opera. The round-trip fare is $20 and reservations are required. To make a reservation call the box office at 845-758-7900.

    Full Schedule:
    A complete schedule of SummerScape and Bard Music Festival events (subject to change) follows. Updates are posted at the festival web site fishercenter.bard.edu/summerscape/2012.
    Tickets for all SummerScape events go on sale to the public on February 20, 2012, but those who register early as “e-Members” will have the early-bird’s choice of the best seats and also receive regular news and updates.

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    And it is not all, folks! There is also a Bard Music Festival happening there, focusing on Saint-Saëns, check it out:

    Program details of Bard Music Festival, “Saint-Saëns and His World”

    WEEKEND ONE: Paris and the Culture of Cosmopolitanism

    Friday, August 10

    PROGRAM ONE
    Saint-Saëns and the Cultivation of Taste*†
    Sosnoff Theater
    7:30 p.m. Preconcert Talk
    8:00 p.m. Performance

    Works by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921)

    Tickets: $25, 35, 45, 55



    Saturday, August 11

    PANEL ONE
    Prodigy, Polymath, Globetrotter, and Reactionary
    Olin Auditorium
    10:00 a.m. –12:00 noon

    Free and open to the public


    PROGRAM TWO
    Performing, Composing, and Arranging for Concert Life
    Olin Auditorium
    1:00 p.m. Preconcert Talk
    1:30 p.m. Performance

    Works by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921); Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714–87);
    Franz Liszt (1811–86); Charles Gounod (1818–93); Anton Rubinstein (1829–94);
    Leo Delibes (1836–91); Jules Massenet (1842–1912); Pablo de Sarasate (1844–1908);
    Georges Bizet (1838–75); and others

    Tickets: $35

    PROGRAM THREE
    Saint-Saëns, a French Beethoven? *†
    Sosnoff Theater
    7:00 p.m. Preconcert Talk
    8:00 p.m. Performance: American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director

    Works by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921)

    Tickets: $30, 50, 60, 75


    Sunday, August 12

    PROGRAM FOUR
    The Organ, King of Instruments
    Sosnoff Theater
    10 a.m. Performance with Commentary

    Works by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921); Adolphe Adam (1803–56); Louis Lefébure-Wély (1817–69); Charles Gounod (1818–93); César Franck (1822–90); Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937); Leon Boëllmann (1862–97); Louis Vierne (1870–1937)

    Tickets: $35


    PROGRAM FIVE
    Ars Gallica and French National Sentiment
    Olin Auditorium
    1:00 p.m. Preconcert Talk
    1:30 p.m. Performance

    Works by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921); Édouard Lalo (1823–92); Marie Jaëll (1846–1925); Augusta Holmès (1847–1903); Henri Duparc (1848–1933); Ernest Chausson (1855–99); Albéric Magnard (1865–1914)

    Tickets: $35


    PROGRAM SIX
    Zoological Fantasies: Carnival of the Animals Revisited*†
    Sosnoff Theater
    5:00 p.m. Preconcert Talk
    5:30 p.m. Performance

    Works by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921); Emmanuel Chabrier (1841–94); Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924); Erik Satie (1866–1925); Maurice Ravel (1875–1937); Jacques Ibert (1890–1962); Francis Poulenc (1899–1963); and others

    Tickets: $25, 35, 45, 55



    WEEKEND TWO: Confronting Modernism

    Friday, August 17

    PROGRAM SEVEN
    Proust and Music*†
    Sosnoff Theater
    7:00 p.m. Preconcert Panel
    8:30 p.m. Performance

    Works by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921); César Franck (1822–90); Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924); Claude Debussy (1862–1918); Reynaldo Hahn (1874–1947)

    Tickets: $25, 35, 45, 55


    Saturday, August 18

    Panel TWO
    Exporting Western Music Past and Present
    Olin Auditorium
    10:00 a.m. –12:00 noon

    Free and open to the public


    PROGRAM EIGHT
    La musique ancienne et moderne
    Olin Auditorium
    1:00 p.m. Preconcert Talk
    1:30 p.m. Performance

    Works by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921); Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632–87); Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764); Pauline Viardot (1821–1910); Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924); Vincent d’Indy (1851–1931); Cécile Chaminade (1857–1944); Paul Dukas (1865–1935)

    Tickets: $35


    PROGRAM NINE
    The Spiritual Sensibility*
    Sosnoff Theater
    7:00 p.m. Preconcert Talk
    8:00 p.m. Performance: American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director

    Works by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921); Charles Gounod (1818–93); Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924); Florent Schmitt (1870–1958); Lili Boulanger (1893–1918)


    Tickets: $30, 50, 60, 75




    Sunday, August 19

    PROGRAM TEN
    From Melodrama to Film
    Olin Auditorium
    10:00 a.m.: Performance with Commentary

    Works by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921) and Hector Berlioz (1803–69)

    Tickets: $30


    PROGRAM ELEVEN
    Unexpected Correspondences: Saint-Saëns and the New Generation
    Olin Auditorium
    1:00 p.m. Preconcert Talk
    1:30 p.m. Performance

    Works by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921); Claude Debussy (1862–1918); Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)

    Tickets: $30


    PROGRAM TWELVE
    Out of the Shadow of Samson and Delilah: Saint-Saëns’s Other Grand Opera*†
    Sosnoff Theater
    3:30 p.m. Preconcert Talk
    4:30 p.m. Performance: American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director

    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921), Henry VIII (written 1881–82)

    Tickets: $30, 50, 60, 75



    Bard SummerScape ticket information

    The Bard SummerScape Festival is made possible through the generous support of the Advisory Boards of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and the Bard Music Festival, and the Friends of the Fisher Center.

    Tickets for all Bard SummerScape events go on sale to the public on February 20, 2012.
    For tickets and further information on all SummerScape events, call the Fisher Center box office at 845-758-7900 or visit www.fishercenter.bard.edu.

    Bard SummerScape: fishercenter.bard.edu/summerscape/2012

    Bard Music Festival: fishercenter.bard.edu/bmf/2012

    Tickets: fishercenter@bard.edu; or by phone at 845-758-7900

    Updates: Bard’s “e-members” get all the news in regular updates. Click here to sign up, or send an e-mail to fishercenter@bard.edu.

    All program information is subject to change.


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