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Sweet dreams

The city of Bruges was anything but dead Sunday afternoon when Bard SummerScape’s concert staging of Korngold’s neglected—in the US anyway—Die Tote Stadt emerged triumphant thanks to Clay Hilley and Sara Jakubiak and some of the most thrilling singing I’ve heard for a long while. Read more »

Trial by Korngold

What is the best metaphor for this year’s Bard Music Festival, prepared under the caring, curatorial, and sometimes didactic gaze of co-Artistic Directors Leon Botstein (the College’s President of more than 40 years, as well as music director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra) and Christopher H. Gibbs (the James Ottoway Professor of Music)? Read more »

Touch me in the mourning

“How far should we give way to grief? How far dare we, without disaster?” Such heavy, contemplative words were uttered wisely by the main character of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s youthful Die tote Stadt. The opera opened at Teatro alla Scala Milan for the first time in a glamorous production by English director Graham Vick on Tuesday, May 28. Read more »