[Die Liebe der Danae] Danae and the shower of gold (detail)
Red figure bell krater from Boeotia, ca. 430 BCE.
Photo: Herve Lewandowski. Reunion des Musees Nationaux/Art Resource, NY.
Danae and the shower of gold (detail) Red figure bell krater from Boeotia, ca. 430 BCE. Photo: Herve Lewandowski. Reunion des Musees Nationaux/Art Resource, NY.

Bard SummerScape Presents

Die Liebe der Danae

(The Love of Danae)

“Exhilarating and moving, 'Danae' has found its moment.”
(The New York Times, August 1, 2011)

Listen to Leon Botstein's July 31 Opera Talk on Die Liebe der Danae (approx. 60 minutes).

Friday, July 29, 7 pm
Sunday, July 31, 3 pm
Wednesday, August 3, 3 pm
Friday, August 5, 7 pm
Sunday, August 7, 3 pm

Music by Richard Strauss
Sung in German, with English supertitles
American Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director 
Directed by Kevin Newbury
Set Design byRafael Viñoly and Mimi Lien
Costumes by Jessica Jahn
Lighting by D. M. Wood

In this unjustly neglected late opera by Richard Strauss, the powerful god Jupiter and the lowly donkey driver Midas compete for the love of the beautiful Danae. The story is a Mozartean blend of comedy, romance, and drama on the themes of transformation and the acceptance of life's changes, all brilliantly illuminated by Strauss's orchestral mastery. Dynamic young stage director Kevin Newbury collaborates with renowned architect Rafael Viñoly on this new production, which is sure to be a highlight of the 2011 musical season.

The Opera Talk for Die Liebe der Danae will take place at 1 pm on Sunday, July 31 in Sosnoff Theater. Free and open to the public. Opera Talks are presented in memory of Sylvia Redlick Green.

Tickets: $30, 60, 70, 90

Call 845-758-7948 for information about premium seating with special benefits.

Special support for this program is provided by Emily H. Fisher and John Alexander. Additional support has been generously provided by the Falconwood Foundation, Inc., and Robert W. Wilson.

* Round-trip transportation from Manhattan to Bard available for these performances. Fare is $25. Reservations are required. Click here for more information and to make a reservation.


Shuttles to and from Poughkeepsie and Rhinecliff train stations are now available for certain matinée performances. Reservations are required. Click here for more information and to make a reservation.

Cast (in order of appearance)
Danae Meagan Miller
Jupiter Carsten Wittmoser
Midas Roger Honeywell
Xanthe Sarah Jane McMahon
Pollux Dennis Petersen
Merkur Jud Perry
Semele Aurora Sein Perry
Europa Camille Zamora
Alcmene Jamie Van Eyck
Leda Rebecca Ringle