Dvořák's Dimitrij
Jul
28
Aug 6

Dvořák's Dimitrij

Image by Peter Aaron '68/Esto

Fisher Center Presents

 

Dimitrij

By Antonín Dvořák
American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director
Directed by Anne Bogart

Fri. July 28, 7:30 pm
Sun. July 30, 2 pm
Wed. August 2, 2 pm
Fri. August 4, 7:30 pm
Sun. August 6, 2 pm

False Dmitriy I in coronation robes, Wikimedia Commons

Acclaimed at its 1882 premiere for its strong dramatic moments, original melodies, and masterful choral writing, Antonín Dvořák's Dimitrij was widely regarded as one of the most significant works created for the Czech operatic stage. Based on events of 17th-century Russia, Dimitrij resumes where Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov leaves off—vividly depicting the uncertainty, tribal loyalties, and struggles for power in the wake of the revered tsar's death.
  
Distinguished director Anne Bogart '74 brings this grand opera to life in a new production.

Opera talk with Leon Botstein on Sunday, July 30 at noon

Coach transportation from New York City is available for performances on Friday, July 28, Sunday, July 30, and Sunday, August 6; packages are available.
Click here to learn more.


Elgar's The Apostles
May
12
8:00 pm20:00

Elgar's The Apostles

American Symphony Orchestra

Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

One of England’s greatest composers wrote a rarely-heard setting of the New Testament. Elgar’s The Apostles follows the story of the twelve apostles through the Resurrection. On par with his previous choral work, The Dream of Gerontius, this oratorio is at once sublime and heartbreakingly human.

Performers

  • American Symphony Orchestra
  • Leon Botstein, Conductor
    Jennifer Check, Soprano (The Blessed Virgin / The Angel)
    Sara Murphy, Mezzo-Soprano (Mary Magdalene)
    Paul McNamara, Tenor (St. John)
    Joseph Beutel, Bass-Baritone (St. Peter)
    Alfred Walker, Bass-Baritone (Judas)
    Adrian Rosas, Bass-Baritone (Jesus)
    Bard Festival Chorale
    James Bagwell, Director

Program

  • ELGAR The Apostles

Pre-concert

Pre-Concert Talk at 7 PM

Ein Deutches Requiem
Feb
16
8:00 pm20:00

Ein Deutches Requiem

Orchestra of St. Luke's
Brahms's Requiem with Heras-Casado

Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
In his sublime Ein deutsches Requiem, Brahms created a work that evokes the contemplative spirit of Bach, though far from lacking any drama. The mournful march “Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras” (“For all flesh is as grass”) and the grand sixth-movement fugue carry tremendous emotional weight. Ein deutsches Requiem also offers hope and consolation, as evidenced in the beautiful soprano aria “Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit” ("Ye now have sorrow") and the quiet closing chorus “Selig sind die Toten, die in dem Herrn sterben” ("Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord").
Performers
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Pablo Heras-Casado, Principal Conductor
Sophie Karthäuser, Soprano
Florian Boesch, Baritone
Musica Sacra
Kent Tritle, Music Director
Program
LUTOSŁAWSKI Musique funèbre
BRAHMS Ein deutsches Requiem
 

Winter Recital of Songs and Romances
Jan
28
7:30 pm19:30

Winter Recital of Songs and Romances

Warm yourself this winter with the gift of voice and song at The National Opera Center in NYC! On Saturday, January 28 at 7:30pm, five exquisite singers offer a diverse and moving recital of songs and romances you won't want to miss.

Performing stirring classics by Fauré and Donaudy, soprano Elizabeth Smith, who represented the Eastman School of Music at the Kennedy Center, has also performed as a soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Tenor Chad Kranak, "with attractive lyric sound and very clear words" (Opera News), brings his vocal beauty and skill to Benjamin Britten's song cycle Winter Words.

Presenting an exciting variety of musical influences and emotions, bass Nicholas Hay, who sang for Pope Francis in 2015, intones both dramatic and comic pieces by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Speaks, and Kohn. Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Abigail Wright waxes poetic, offering a selection of fluid and at times amorous works by Brahms, Debussy, Schoenberg, and Satie. "With his fine voice" and "with his willingness to inhabit the role" (Voce di Meche), frequent violin sub for Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, baritone José Pietri-Coimbre rounds out the evening with moving art songs by Mahler, Schubert, Hahn, and Donaudy.

Adding his outstanding dexterity and sensitivity to every piece on this program, Canadian pianist Martin Néron is recognized for his passion for both the art song repertoire and linguistics. Praised as "an attentive partner" (Opera News), Mr. Néron has recorded different collections of French, Greek, and English art songs on the One Soul label, in addition to a program of songs by Mikis Theodorakis on the Romanos label. Mr. Néron has also recorded several concerts as a soloist and collaborative artist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance online at http://wintersongrecital.eventbrite.com. Seating is limited, so get yours today!

The Proposal
Nov
20
Nov 22

The Proposal

Image by Yoni Levy

This November, the MTA's Arts for Transit's Opera Collective comes above ground to produce an opera highlighting the mental and physical voices of women, at a time when women struggle to be equally heard.

On November 20 (3pm) and 22 (8pm), six of the female members of Opera Collective and "masterful" (OperaPulse) Music Director/Pianist Mila Henry present composer Milton Granger's The Proposal at St. Malachy's/The Actors' Chapel.

Founded in 2005, Opera Collective makes opera accessible by singing in the subways of New York City, at greenmarkets, and at free public concerts as well as private events and galas. Through this presentation of The Proposal, its members will bring to life a story of the exploration of one woman's mind as she comes face to face with five distinct parts of herself to make a life-altering decision. As all of her alter-egos gather together in her mind, she must hear everyone out, from the Five-Year-Old to the Mother Teresa inside of Herself. With direction by Dona Vaughan's "finely detailed staging" (The Birmingham News), Opera Collective seizes on this rare opportunity to present this one-act, filled with "abundant humor" (Pittsburgh City Paper).

Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Abigail Wright - "full in the low range and balanced throughout with no apparent limit at top" (Tri-City Herald) - plays the conflicted Herself. The first of the five alter-egos to appear is Five-Year-Old, spiritedly sung by Metropolitan Opera soprano Carla Wesby, a founding member of Opera Collective. Co-founder of Opera Collective and in-demand oratorio soloist, soprano Adrienne Patino Dunn, joins as Officer, while Sensuous Woman is played by mezzo-soprano Rebecca Schuessler, who has been hailed as "commanding" and "indomitable" (Metro, San Jose). The "impassioned and musical" (Voce di Meche) soprano Patricia Vital brings Statue of Liberty to life, complimented powerfully by mezzo-soprano Kristen Lamb Kasarjian as Mother Teresa.

For more information contact Opera Collective at operacollective@gmail.com. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door and at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2696801.

Jane Eyre with CCO
Oct
20
Oct 22

Jane Eyre with CCO

Jane Eyre

By Louis Karchin
Libretto by Diane Osen
Based upon the novel by Charlotte Bronte
World Premiere
October 20  7:30 PM and 22 8 PM at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College

Director: Kristine McIntyre
Conductor: Sara Jobin

Jane Eyre: Jennifer Zetlan
Rochester: Ryan MacPherson
Roderick Ingram / St. John Rivers: Tom Meglioranza
Mrs. Fairfax: Kimberly Giordano
Blanche Ingram: Katrina Thurman
Mr. Mason / Mr. Briggs: Adam Cannedy
Mr. Wood: David Salsbery Fry
Mary / Bessie: Jessica Best
Diana / Mrs. Ingram: Jessica Thompson

Ensemble:
Marisa Karchin
Michelle Kennedy
Caitlin Mead
Rachel Rosenberg
Alize Rozsnyai

Abigail Wright

Production Manager: W. Wilson Jones
Costume Designer: Rachel Townsend
Lighting Designer: Burke Brown
Scenic Designer: Luke Cantarella
Rehearsal Pianist: Isabella Dawis

Iris
Jul
22
Jul 31

Iris

Image by Cory Weaver

Composed by Pietro Mascagni
Libretto by Luigi Illica
American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director
Directed by James Darrah

Composed by Puccini’s friend Pietro Mascagni (perhaps best known for his beloved Cavalleria rusticana), Iris debuted in Rome in 1898, ushering in a wave of fin-de-siècle exotic opera. Mascagni’s dreamlike score provides the backdrop for Luigi Illica’s haunting libretto recounting the tragic story of Iris, an innocent young girl tricked into abandoning her elderly blind father and lured to a brothel in Tokyo’s notorious red-light district.

The stellar cast is headlined by Grammy-nominated soprano Talise Trevigne, lauded for her “deep melting sound” (New York Times) as the vulnerable Iris. Austrian Australian tenor Gerard Schneider sings the role of the fickle Osaka, and bass-baritone Douglas Williams portrays the villainous Kyoto. 

Conducted by the “peerlessly adventurous” (New York Times) Leon Botstein, this production by talented young stage director James Darrah features set designs by Emily MacDonald and Cameron Jaye Mock, with projections by Adam Larsen and costumes by Peabody Southwell—all of which combine to highlight the darker themes of this rarely performed opera. 

Performed in Italian with English supertitles. 

A Midsummer Night's Dream
May
24
May 29

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A RETURNING FAVORITE

A ballet about the transforming power of love, George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream, is based on William Shakespeare's comedy about the romantic adventures and misadventures, quarrels and reunitings, of two pairs of mortal lovers and the king and queen of the fairies. The ballet, through its themes of reality versus illusion, change versus constancy, displays love in all its guises.

In the first act there are dances of unrequited love and love that is reconciled. There is a pas de deux for the Fairy Queen, Titania and Bottom, who has been turned into an Ass -- a perfect illustration in dance of the old proverb, "love is blind."

In the second act, which opens with Mendelssohn's familiar Wedding March, there is a pas de deux representing Ideal untroubled love. Midsummer Night, which is June 23rd (St. John's Eve), has long been associated with love and magic. In European folklore it is the one night of the year when supernatural beings such as fairies are about and can interact with the real world. It is also a date that falls near the summer solstice, which in earlier civilizations was traditionally a time for fertility rites and festivals devoted to love.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

DATES

Opening night: 23 May 2017

Booking through until: 28 May 2017

AUDIENCE

Suitable for audiences of all ages

Delius' A Mass of Life
Apr
5
8:00 pm20:00

Delius' A Mass of Life

American Symphony Orchestra

Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Delius was a fervid follower of Nietzsche. In his A Mass of Life, he set passages from the philosopher’s book Also sprach Zarathustra to music, creating a grand and compelling work celebrating life at its highest.

Performers

  • American Symphony Orchestra
  • Leon Botstein, Conductor
    Sarah Fox, Soprano
    Audrey Babcock, Mezzo-Soprano
    Rodrick Dixon, Tenor
    Thomas Cannon, Baritone
  • Bard Festival Chorale

Program

  • DELIUS A Mass of Life

Pre-concert

Pre-Concert Talk at 7 PM

Pope Francis at the Madison Square Garden
Sep
25
6:30 pm18:30

Pope Francis at the Madison Square Garden

  • Madison Square Garden

The St. Patrick's Cathedral choir will be singing for Pope Francis on September 25 at Madison Square Garden. 

Tickets are not available, however, you can find details here: http://www.popefrancisvisit.com/schedule/madison-square-garden-mass/

Turandot
Sep
23
Jan 30

Turandot

  • The Metropolitan Opera

Abigail Wright returns to Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera, September 23, 2015 to January 30, 2016. 

Christine Goerke, Lise Lindstrom, and Nina Stemme, three of opera’s greatest dramatic sopranos, take turns in the title role of the proud princess of legendary China. Tenors Marcelo Álvarez and Marco Berti are Calàf, the brave prince who sings “Nessun dorma” and wins her hand. Franco Zeffirelli’s golden production is conducted by Paolo Carignani.

http://www.metopera.org/opera/turandot-puccini-tickets

On January 30, the production will be Live in HD at a theatre near you! 
http://www.metopera.org/metopera/liveinhd/live-in-hd-2015-16-season

Belle Nuit at Cornelia Street Cafe
Jul
27
8:30 pm20:30

Belle Nuit at Cornelia Street Cafe

  • Cornelia Street Cafe

Can't make it to the performance on July 12 at The National Opera Center? You can catch the repeat performance this July 27 at 8:30pm back at NYC's famous Cornelia Street Cafe with Classical at the Cornelia's celebrated duo Abigail Wright and pianist Kyungmi Nam - as they join forces with up-and-coming American soprano Christina Hourihan on a summer night you won't soon forget. 

Ms. Wright is an accomplished singer/actor whose wide-ranging career has taken her from the Metropolitan Opera stage to film, theatre, and Carnegie Hall. Christina Hourihan is quickly moving up the operatic ladder, performing breathtaking roles in operas and concerts from the Delaware Valley to Nevada, to the hills of Italy.

No stranger to living composers and premieres, Ms. Hourihan introduces us to composer Douglas DaSilva, whose pieces "You Caress the Night" and "Dulce et Decorum Est" (world premiere) you will hear at the concert. Award-winning guitarist Kenji Haba of the guitar-cello ensemble Duo Anova will accompany Ms. Hourihan and Ms. Wright on these moving works.

Pianist Kyungmi Nam brings her world-renowned expertise as a recital pianist to the collaboration, heralded for "…an awareness of detail… a clear sense of compositional structure…, a lively, vibrant sound and a wide palette of dynamics and colors." This evening features that wide palette in a way you won't forget, with arias and the "Barcarolle" duet from the beloved and beautiful Tales of Hoffmann, the intensity and sensuality of Carmen andLakmé, Rachmaninoff's Vocalise, and more!

The cost is just a $10 cover charge and a $10 minimum, and reservations can be made at http://www.bit.ly/bncornelia or by calling 212-989-9319. Doors open at 8:30pm; reservations will be held until 8:45.

The Wreckers
Jul
24
Aug 2

The Wreckers

  • Sosnoff Theater at the Richard B Fisher Center

Bard SummerScape presents:
The Wreckers by Ethel Smyth 

American Symphony Orchestra 
Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director 
Directed by Thaddeus Strassberger

Purchase tickets at http://fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/event.php?eid=128383

Ethel Smyth’s The Wreckers is based in historical fact: in small, desperately poor villages on Britain’s Cornish coast, bands of villagers formed secret cadres that at critical moments would extinguish the beacons established on the coast to guide ships, thus forcing them onto the rocks and then plundering the cargo and murdering the crews.

The story Smyth chose to set presents a tale that should be of intense interest to contemporary audiences. It concerns an isolated community in Cornwall that possesses a religiously based, fanatical self-regard that leads it to justify theft and murder as God-given rights and virtues. Led by the community’s own pastor who invokes Christianity, violence becomes the instrument of realizing God’s will. The opera depicts the consequences of mass hysteria and populist justice, framed by a powerful display of orchestral writing, memorable motivic recurrence, and a brilliant use of chorus.

Opera Talk: July 26 at noon

Special support for this program is provided by Emily H. Fisher and John Alexander.

Belle Nuit: A Concert of Songs, Arias, & Duets
Jul
12
7:30 pm19:30

Belle Nuit: A Concert of Songs, Arias, & Duets

  • The National Opera Center, Marc A Scorca Hall

Get away this July 12 at 7:30pm at Opera America with Classical at the Cornelia's celebrated duo Abigail Wright and pianist Kyungmi Nam as they join forces with up-and-coming American soprano Christina Hourihan on a summer night you won't soon forget. 

Ms. Wright is an accomplished singer/actor whose wide-ranging career has taken her from the Metropolitan Opera stage to film, theatre, and Carnegie Hall. Christina Hourihan is quickly moving up the operatic ladder, performing breathtaking roles in operas and concerts from the Delaware Valley to Nevada, to the hills of Italy.

No stranger to living composers and premieres, Ms. Hourihan introduces us to composer Douglas DaSilva, whose pieces "You Caress the Night" and "Dulce et Decorum Est" (world premiere) you will hear at the concert. Award-winning guitarist Kenji Haba of the guitar-cello ensemble Duo Anova will accompany Ms. Hourihan and Ms. Wright on these moving works.

Pianist Kyungmi Nam brings her world-renowned expertise as a recital pianist to the collaboration, heralded for "…an awareness of detail… a clear sense of compositional structure…, a lively, vibrant sound and a wide palette of dynamics and colors." This evening features that wide palette in a way you won't forget, with arias and the "Barcarolle" duet from the beloved and beautiful Tales of Hoffmann, the intensity and sensuality of Carmen and Lakmé, Rachmaninoff's Vocalise, and more!

Tickets can be purchased for $20 in advance at Eventbrite. Seating is limited, so get yours before they sell out

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Jun
2
Jun 7

A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • NY State Theatre

June 2-7, Abigail Wright will perform with the New York City Ballet in an ensemble of 12 women's voices for their production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Puchase tickets online at http://www.nycballet.com/Ballets/M/A-Midsummer-Night%E2%80%99s-Dream.aspx

Choreography by: George Balanchine

Music by: Felix Mendelssohn

Enter the enchanted land of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a lush forest besieged by quixotic love triangles and feuding fairy kingdoms, awash with magic at every turn. Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of his happiest and most loved comedies. It is called a "Dream" because of the unrealistic events the characters experience in the play — real, yet unreal: Crossed lovers, meaningless quarrels, forest chases leading to more confusion, and magic spells woven by the infamous Puck.

Balanchine was familiar with Shakespeare’s play from an early age. As a child he had appeared as an elf in a production in St. Petersburg, and he could recite portions of the play by heart in Russian. Balanchine loved Mendelssohn’s overture and incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (composed respectively in 1826 and 1843), and it is this score, Balanchine later said, that inspired his choreography. Mendelssohn had written only about an hour’s worth of music for the play, not enough for an evening-length dance work, so Balanchine studied the composer’s other oeuvre, finally selecting a number of additional overtures, a nocturne, an intermezzo, and a portion of Symphony No. 9, to weave together the ballet’s score.

Midsummer night has long been associated with love and magic. In European folklore it is the one night of the year when supernatural beings such as fairies are about and can interact with the real world. It is also a date that falls near the summer solstice, which was traditionally a time for fertility rites and festivals devoted to love. Shakespeare’s 1595 play has been the source for films, an opera by Benjamin Britten (1960), and a one-act ballet by Frederick Ashton, called The Dream (1964). George Balanchine’s version, which premiered in 1962, was the first wholly original evening-length ballet he choreographed in America. Two years later, on April 24, A Midsummer Night’s Dream opened the New York City Ballet’s first repertory season at the New York State Theater (now the David H. Koch Theater).

Scapino!
Feb
12
Feb 14

Scapino!

  • Clemente Soto Vélez Flamboyan Theater

90X Arts Festival
 
Mainstage Play:
Scapino! by Frank Dunlop and Jim Dale
directed by Steve Asciolla
February 12th - 8:00 pm
February 13th - 8:00 pm
February 14th - 2:00pm and 7:00 pm
Two rich kids marry without their fathers' permission.  How can they keep their wives and keep their trust funds?  Scapino to the rescue, who will lie, cheat, steal, and hit you over the head with a salami to make things right. Catch Abigail as the broom-balancing waitress who embraces the Italian ways of love.

Purchase your tickets online before we sell out at Brown Paper Tickets.

Beethoven
Jan
18
3:00 pm15:00

Beethoven

  • Cathedral of the Incarnation

Mineola Choral Society 
The Mineola Choral Society salutes Beethoven when the chorus performs an all-Beethoven program at its annual winter concert. The stirring program features the beautiful and engaging Mass in C Major and the final movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, which includes the setting of Friedrich Schiller’s poem An Die Freude (Ode to Joy). The “Ode to Joy” is the culmination of the Ninth Symphony and is the last symphonic music that Beethoven completed. The poem, which combines a quest for religious meaning with the democratic ideals of an era, is profoundly expressed in Beethoven’s dramatic and joyous music.

Soloists:
Adrienne Patino-Dunn, Soprano
Abigail Wright, Mezzo Soprano
Gennard Lombardozzi, Tenor
Steven Fredericks, Bass

http://www.mineolachoralsociety.org/
Concert is sold out!

Schubert and Opera: Bard Music Festival Program 12
Aug
17
4:30 pm16:30

Schubert and Opera: Bard Music Festival Program 12

  • The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts

Photo by Stephanie Berger

Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Fierrabras, D796 (1823)

3:30 pm Preconcert Talk: Michael P. Steinberg
4:30 pm Performance: Eric Barry, tenor; Eric Halfvarson, bass; Sara Jakubiak, soprano; Joseph Kaiser, tenor; Andrew Schroeder, baritone; Bard Festival Chorale, James Bagwell, choral director; American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director, and others

Purchase tickets online at The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts

Late Ambitions: Bard Music Festival Program 9
Aug
16
8:00 pm20:00

Late Ambitions: Bard Music Festival Program 9

  • The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts

Photo by Stephanie Berger

Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Miriams Siegesgesang, D942 (1828); Mass in E-flat Major, D950 (1828); Psalm 92, D953 (1828)

Luciano Berio (1925–2003)
Rendering (1990)

7 pm Preconcert Talk: Walter Frisch
8 pm Performance: Paul Appleby, tenor; Andrew Garland, baritone; Sarah Shafer, soprano; Rebecca Ringle, mezzo-soprano; Bard Festival Chorale, James Bagwell, choral director; American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director

Purchase tickets online at The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts

Beethoven's Successor: Bard Music Festival Program 7
Aug
15
8:00 pm20:00

Beethoven's Successor: Bard Music Festival Program 7

  • Fisher Center for the Performing Arts

Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
First Movement from String Quartet in D Minor, D810 (1824); Fragment aus dem Aeschylus, D450 (1816);Die Allmacht, D852 (1825), Der Wanderer an den Mond, D870 (1826); Schlachtgesang, D912 (1827);Ständchen, D920 (1827); Piano Trio in E-flat Major, D929 (1827); Der Kreuzzug, D932 (1827); Die Sterne, D939 (1828); Auf dem Strom, D943 (1828)

Euryanthe
Jul
25
Aug 3

Euryanthe

Bard SummerScape presents

EURYANTHE
BY CARL MARIA VON WEBER

Forged from Fire
May
30
8:00 pm20:00

Forged from Fire

  • Carnegie Hall

Max Reger — A Patriotic Overture
Charles Ives — Orchestral Set No. 2
Ernest Bloch — Israel Symphony
Karol Szymanowski — Symphony No. 3