Luiz Gazzola is traveling to Annandale-on-Hudson, New York State, to attend the prestigious Bard SummerScape festival, held at the architecturally and acoustically spectacular Richard B. Fischer Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College (designed by Frank Gehry), for their new production of Emmanuel Chabrier's opéra-comique Le Roi Malgré Lui
(The King in Spite of Himself). In a follow-up to our very interesting interview with stage director Thaddeus Strassberger (read it by clicking HERE
), this time we have interviewed Maestro Leon Botstein, who will be conducting the opera with the American Symphony Orchestra for the Bard. [Opera Lively interview # 45]
Leon Botstein has been music director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992, and is conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, where he served as music director from 2003–11. He is also the founder and artistic codirector of the SummerScape Festival and the Bard Music Festival, now in its 23rd year. He has been president of Bard College in New York since 1975.
Botstein maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor throughout the world. Recent engagements include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hawaii Symphony, and Taipei Symphony, among others. He may also be heard on numerous recordings, including operas by Strauss, Dukas, and Chausson, as well as works of Shostakovich, Dohnányi, Liszt, Bruckner, Bartók, Hartmann, Reger, Glière, Szymanowski, Brahms, Copland, Sessions, Perle, and Rands. Many live recordings with the American Symphony Orchestra are now available for download on the Internet.