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Program Six • Failure and Recovery

August 7

Add to Calendar2022-08-07 5:30 pm2022-08-07 5:30 pmEDTProgram Six • Failure and RecoveryFisher Center, Sosnoff Theater,
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Anchored by the ASO, this all-Rachmaninoff evening features a semi-staged production of Rachmaninoff’s one-act opera The Miserly Knight, directed by Jordan Fein (who helmed Bard Music Festival’s striking 2019 production of Die tote Stadt). One of the composer’s three operas, this Pushkin adaptation features a superb all-male cast, including bass-baritone Nathan Berg and tenors Limmie Pulliam and Rodell Rosel. This coolly elegant production of Rachmaninoff’s last opera features production design by Terese Wadden, video by Joshua Thorson, and lighting by Alejandro Fajardo.

The program opens with the First Symphony, which the composer abandoned after a complicated premiere and died without hearing a second time. Nevertheless, the work remained important to him—45 years later, he quoted from it in the Symphonic Dances, his last major composition—and since its posthumous rediscovery, the symphony has been restored to the repertoire, celebrated for its melodic invention, thematic cohesion and rich orchestral color.

4:30 pm Preconcert Talk
5:30 pm Performance: 
Limmie Pulliam & Rodell Rosel, tenors; Ethan Vincent, baritone; Matthew Anchel, bass-baritone; Nathan Berg, bass-baritone; Jordan Fein, director; Joshua Thorson, video design; Alejandro Fajardo, lighting design; Terese Wadden, production design, American Symphony Orchestra / Leon Botstein, music director

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
Symphony No. 1, Op. 13 (1895)
The Miserly Knight, Op. 24 (1905)

Support

The 2022 SummerScape season is made possible in part by the generous support of Jeanne Donovan Fisher, the Martin and Toni Sosnoff Foundation, the Advisory Boards of the Fisher Center at Bard and Bard Music Festival, and Fisher Center and Bard Music Festival members. The 2022 Bard Music Festival has received funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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