June 27 – August 17
Bard SummerScape 2014 presents seven inspired weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret. The centerpiece of these offerings is the 25th annual Bard Music Festival, this year examining the life, work, and cultural milieu of the 19th-century Austrian composer Franz Schubert. The festival will explore Schubert's tragically short but remarkably influential career, presenting his symphonic, chamber, and religious music along with many works by his contemporaries. Other highlights of the season include Carl Maria von Weber's Euryanthe, a darkly gothic opera based on a medieval romance; Proscenium Works: 1979–2011, featuring the Trisha Brown Dance Company in its farewell tour; the world premiere of Love in the Wars, a version of Heinrich von Kleist's Penthesilea, based on the mythical encounter of Achilles with the Queen of the Amazons; an outstanding film series; and the return of cabaret at the Spiegeltent. It all adds up to an arts festival with no rival—SummerScape 2014.
Soprano Ellie Dehn as Euryanthe. Photo by Todd Norwood.
By Carl Maria von Weber
Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director
Directed by Kevin Newbury
July 27 at noon
Free and open to the public
Euryanthe is a story of jealousy and betrayal. A redheaded ghost haunts a dreamlike landscape where supernatural forces collide with everyday hopes of comfort and security. Layers of deceit and repressed desire motivate jealous lovers travelling in a darkly gothic world.
Bard Music Festival
Schubert and His World
25th Anniversary Season
Set and Reset
Photo by Stephanie Berger
Trisha Brown Dance Company
Proscenium Works: 1979–2011
Trisha Brown Dance Company returns to SummerScape as part of its farewell tour, presenting some of the final performances of Brown's legendary large-scale works.
Chris Stack and Birgit Huppuch, photo by Julieta Cervantes.
Preview Tickets: $25–$35 Performances Tickets $25–$50
World Premiere of Love in the Wars
A Version of Heinrich von Kleist’s Penthesilea
By John Banville
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
And when you’d gone the form of you
remained, Emblazoned on my eyes.”
—Love in the Wars
Penthesilea, Queen of the Amazons, sets eyes on the hero Achilles, and the ferocity of her passion collides with his stubborn will, setting in motion a tragicomedy of love and misunderstanding that threatens to derail the course of history.
Hosted by Justin Vivian Bond
Grand Illusion, ©Photofest