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The Miracle of Heliane with Bard Summerscape
Jul
26
to Aug 4

The Miracle of Heliane with Bard Summerscape

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SummerScape Opera 
July 26 – August 4

THE MIRACLE OF HELIANE
BY ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD

New Production / U.S. Premiere

The American Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Leon Botstein
Directed by Christian Räth


Set in an unnamed totalitarian state, The Miracle of Heliane (Das Wunder der Heliane) features a complicated, erotic triangle between a ruthless despot, The Ruler; his beautiful and neglected wife, Heliane; and a young, messianic Stranger. The allegorical tale about the destruction of a dictatorship by a woman premiered to great acclaim in Hamburg in 1927, and remains extraordinarily relevant. This new production is directed by Christian Räth with sets and costumes by Esther Bialas, both making their SummerScape debuts. The cast includes the stunning Lithuanian soprano Ausrine Stundyte in a rare U.S. appearance, and rising star tenor Daniel Brenna.

Opening Night Reception for Members
Friday, July 26

Opera Talk with Leon Botstein
Sunday, July 28 at noon
Visiting us from the New York Metro Area?
Our luxury coach brings you round-trip from NYC's Upper West Side to the Fisher Center for just $40. Select the coach option available at checkout.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

July 26 at 7:30 pm
July 28 at 2 pm
July 31 at 2 pm
August 2 at 4 pm
August 4 at 2 pm

LOCATION

Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater

Tickets start at $25

SummerScape Coach from New York City is offered on July 26 & 28 and August 2 & 4.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on February 18. For early access, become a member today.

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La Traviata with WNO
Oct
6
to Oct 21

La Traviata with WNO

La traviata         
Music by Giuseppe Verdi / Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, from the novel La dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas

As a courtesan, the beautiful Violetta is the life of every party, toasting to high-class pleasures alongside wealthy men. But Violetta holds a devastating secret: she is sick and dying. When the affluent Alfredo confesses his love, happily-ever-after finally seems within reach—until his father condemns his lover’s low social status. Now Violetta must make an impossible choice before death claims her.

We launch the 2018–2019 season with a stunning new production of Verdi’s everlasting story of love and sacrifice. From the famous brindisi drinking song to the heartbreaking “Addio del passato” aria, La traviata captures Violetta’s unforgettable plight and illuminates tensions of social class that ring just as true today.

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CASTING FOR ALL PERFORMANCES EXCEPT OCT. 19
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Violetta Valéry:                                             
Venera Gimadieva (10/6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 21m)
Jacqueline Echols (10/7m, 14m, 20)      
Alfredo Germont:                                           
Joshua Guerrero (10/6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 21m)
Mario Chang (10/7m, 14m, 20)
Giorgio Germont:
Lucas Meachem (10/6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 21m)
Michael Chioldi (10/7m, 14m, 20)

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CASTING FOR THE OCT. 19 DOMINGO-CAFRITZ YOUNG ARTIST PERFORMANCE
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Violetta Valéry:
Marlen Nahhas
Alfredo Germont: 
Joshua Blue
Giorgio Germont: 
Joshua Conyers
Flora Bervoix: 
Deborah Nansteel
Annina:
Alexandria Shiner
Gastone: 
Arnold Livingston Geis
Barone Douphol: 
Michael Hewitt
Marquis d’Obigny:
Samuel Weiser
Dottore Grenvil:
Timothy J. Bruno

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CREATIVE TEAM FOR THE PRODUCTION
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Conductor:                                        
Renato Palumbo             
Director:                                                             
Francesca Zambello
Associate Director and Choreographer:
Keturah Stickann                             
Set Designer:                                    
Peter Davison
Costume Designer:                                        
Jess Goldstein
Lighting Designer:                                           
Mark McCullough

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COME EARLY FOR FREE OPERA INSIGHTS
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Informative and entertaining, Opera Insights take you inside the composer's mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of each opera. 
These lectures are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of La traviata.

Most Opera Insights begin 1 hour before the performance and last 20–25 minutes. Musicologist Saul Lilienstein's Opera Insights, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 17, begins 1 hour and 15 minutes before the performance and last 35–40 minutes.

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POST-PERFORMANCE TALKBACKS WITH THE ARTISTS
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Don't miss your opportunity to engage directly with our artists and share your thoughts on the experience you just had! Here's your chance to ask questions and get the inside scoop on the production from members of the cast and creative team. 
All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket.

La traviata Talkback Dates:
Sunday, Oct. 7
Sunday, Oct. 14
Monday, Oct. 15
Sunday, Oct. 21
 

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Anton Rubenstein's The Demon
Jul
28
to Aug 5

Anton Rubenstein's The Demon

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The American Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Leon Botstein
Directed by Thaddeus Strassberger


Anton Rubinstein’s operatic masterpiece Demon first premiered to great acclaim in 1871. Although performed frequently in Russia, the work remains something of a rarity in the West today.

Based on the renowned fantasy poem by Mikhail Lermontov, Demon boasts rich choral writing and a fiery libretto. The work vividly depicts the isolation and despair of a fallen angel doomed to eternal damnation. All is upended by a chance encounter with the princess Tamara with whom he falls desperately in love. Tamara’s attempts to resist him and her eventual submission end in tragedy.

The 2018 Summerscape production will be conducted by Leon Botstein and directed by the renowned American director Thaddeus Strassberger with sets by Paul Tate dePoo and costumes by Kaye Voyce. An all-Russian cast will be led by the sparkling-voiced soprano Olga Tolkmit (last seen at Bard in Dimitrij) in the role of Tamara alongside baritone Efim Zavalny in his American debut in the title role.
 

Opening Night Reception for Members
Friday, July 27

Opera Talk with Leon Botstein
Sunday, July 29 at noon


Dine with us and save!

Out-of-Town Package—includes mainstage ticket, roundtrip bus from New York City, and three-course meal in the Spiegeltent. Purchase and save up to 25%.

Night Out Package—includes mainstage ticket and three-course meal in the Spiegeltent. Purchase and save up to 15%.

Available for select performances. Ticketing fees apply, gratuity and beverages not included. 


Visiting us from the New York Metro Area?

Our luxury coach brings you round-trip from NYC's Upper West Side to the Fisher Center for just $40. SummerScape Coach from New York City offered Friday, July 27, August 3, and Sunday, July 29, August 5. 

Purchase options available at checkout.
 

July 27 at 8 pm
July 29 at 2 pm
August 1 at 2 pm
August 3 at 2 pm
August 5 at 2 pm


Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater

Tickets start at $25; $5 tickets for Bard undergraduate and graduate students are made possible by the Passloff Pass and available in advance for select performances.

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