The curtain rises on the 2019 Bard SummerScape festival on Saturday, June 29, ushering in seven weeks of music, opera, theater, dance, film, and cabaret. At the heart of these offerings is the 30th anniversary season of the Bard Music Festival, “Korngold and His World.” This intensive examination of the life and times of Erich Wolfgang Korngold – the Viennese prodigy whose lush Romanticism came to define the quintessential Hollywood sound – features twelve themed concerts and panel discussions (Aug 9 – 11; Aug 16 – 18), together with a film series exploring “Korngold and the Poetry of Cinema” (July 25 – Aug 18), and the long overdue American premiere of The Miracle of Heliane, the grand opera that the composer considered his masterpiece, in a fully staged new production by German director Christian Räth (July 26 – Aug 2).
Featuring Ausrine Stundyte, Daniel Brenna, Alfred Walker and the American Symphony Orchestra under Leon Botstein’s leadership in an original staging by German director Christian Räth, The Miracle of Heliane will run for five performances between July 26 and August 4, with an Opera Talk, free and open to the public, before the matinee on July 28.
To complement these offerings, Daniel Fish’s acclaimed staging of Michael Gordon’s Acquanetta provides an alternative look at Hollywood’s Golden Age (July 11 – 21); Evidence, A Dance Company makes its festival debut with the world premiere of Grace and Mercy, a new SummerScape commission from choreographer and company founder Ronald K. Brown, with live music from Meshell Ndegeocello, Peven Everett, and others
SummerScape opera, theater, and dance performances and most Bard Music Festival programs are held in the Sosnoff Theater or LUMA Theater 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 Auditorium, and the Spiegeltent has its own schedule of events, in addition to serving as a restaurant, café, and bar before and after performances. Film Series 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 SummerScape coach provided exclusively to ticket holders for specific performances indicated by * in the listings above, call the box office at 845 – 758-7900 or select this option when purchasing tickets. The round-trip fare is $40 and reservations are required. The coach departs from behind Lincoln Center, on Amsterdam Avenue between 64th and 65th Streets. Find additional details at: fishercenter.bard.edu/visit/transportation.
For a complete schedule of SummerScape and Bard Music Festival events (subject to change), click HERE
Tickets and Subscriptions: HERE or by phone at 845 – 758-7900. Tickets to all mainstage events start at $25.