The king of queens The king of queens

In the case of this summer’s resuscitation project at the Bard Summerscape Festival, Camille Saint-Saëns’ Henri VIII , it was quite evident that this is a dramatically sound work with consistently well-crafted, theatrically vital and attractive music that provides at least three roles for gifted singing actors.

on July 25, 2023 at 4:14 PM
Silent treatment Silent treatment

It is perhaps a misperception to suggest that Die Schweigsame Frau is stronger in the uncut version.

on July 29, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Round Table discussion Round Table discussion

Like many composers of his generation, Ernest Chausson was enthralled by Wagner and he too turned to legend for his only opera, one that would consume him for final decade of his brief life.

on August 03, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Sweet dreams Sweet dreams

Bard SummerScape’s concert staging of Die Tote Stadt emerged triumphant thanks to Clay Hilley and Sara Jakubiak.

on August 20, 2019 at 11:36 AM
Trial by Korngold Trial by Korngold

What is the best metaphor for this year’s Bard Music Festival?

on August 19, 2019 at 11:24 AM
Strangers when we meet Strangers when we meet

The aphorisms projected before each act of Das Wunder der Heliane suggested the work concerns the transformative power of love—but does it really?

on July 30, 2019 at 10:00 AM
I’m no angel I’m no angel

Bard cultish Summerscape series continues to test our esoteric limits with Demon, Anton Rubinstein’s little-known opera about a demon who hankers for a Georgian princess.

on August 01, 2018 at 1:38 PM
The kiss we never dared we’ll dare in dreaming The kiss we never dared we’ll dare in dreaming

If you’ve ever wondered what the Lost Boys’ abode might look like lined with mermaids, shopping carts, and unpeeled potatoes, look no further than Christopher Alden’s new production of Peter Pan.

on July 16, 2018 at 10:13 AM
And the villain still pursued her And the villain still pursued her

Bard College presented a semi-staged concert of Halka on Saturday evening as part of its impressively wide-ranging two-week “Chopin and his World” festival.

on August 22, 2017 at 6:03 AM
Catch a falling tsar Catch a falling tsar

You’d think by now I’d know better than to make snap judgments about an opera or a singer—but apparently not.

on July 31, 2017 at 12:42 PM
Unbridled enthusiasm Unbridled enthusiasm

“You see, Elaine, Dimitrij was a simple country boy, you might say a cockeyed optimist…”

on July 26, 2017 at 12:46 PM
When the sun comes out When the sun comes out

This year as part of Bard’s “Puccini and His World” festival audiences may witness the resurrection of Mascagni’s distinctly odd Iris.

on July 25, 2016 at 12:36 PM
Tomb raider Tomb raider

Despite the continued popularity of Der Freischütz in German-speaking countries, are the magical mature operas of Carl Maria von Weber otherwise really so problematic, their libretti so unwieldy to explain their continued absence from the world’s stages?

on July 28, 2014 at 3:10 PM
It’s not easy being Greek It’s not easy being Greek

Sergey Taneyev, pupil of Tchaikovsky and teacher of Scriabin and Rachmaninov, composed just one opera, Oresteia, premiered in 1895 when he was 39.

on July 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM
L’infelice Aragonese L’infelice Aragonese

Camille Saint-Saëns was such a brilliant, facile musician that pals like Wagner and Liszt felt a distinct schadenfreude when he suffered composer’s block.

on August 22, 2012 at 3:48 PM