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Fisher Center’s Digital Platform UPSTREAMING Presents New and Encore Releases of SummerScape Opera, Including Le Roi Malgré Lui, Dimitrij, and Die Liebe Der Danae

Programs Include Additional Music Selections, Lectures, and Artist Conversations from the Bard Music Festival Archives

Mark Primoff

“Some of the most important summer opera experiences in the U.S. are … at Bard SummerScape.” Financial Times

Throughout the lockdown The Fisher Center at Bard has maintained its commitment to presenting rare operatic works by streaming free, high-quality HD recordings of SummerScape operas produced over the past decade by the Fisher Center, featuring the American Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Leon Botstein. The Fisher Center’s new virtual stage UPSTREAMING continues its summer programming in July and August with several new and encore opera releases from the Fisher Center’s archive. There will also be a special live stream conversation between conductor Leon Botstein and renowned architect Rafael Viñoly available to Fisher Center and Bard Music Festival sponsor-level members. For information please contact Kieley Michasiow-Levy at or 845-758-7987.

In July and August The Fisher Center will stream selected operas from its archives, including the 2012 Bard production of Emmanuel Chabrier’s Le Roi Malgre Lui (The King in Spite of Himself, 1887) on July 22; Antonin Dvorak’s Dimitrij (1882) on August 5; and an exploration of works from Richard Strauss’s oeuvre, capped off by Bard’s much-lauded 2011 production of Die Liebe de Danae (The Love of Danae), composed in 1940 (details below).

Upcoming operas July/August

July 22 (new release)

Le roi malgré lui (The King in Spite of Himself), 1882

Bard SummerScape 2012

By Emmanuel Chabrier

American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein, music director

Directed by Thaddeus Strassberger

A contemporary of Saint-Saëns, Chabrier was an independent-minded and important innovator -- many saw him as having paved the way for French modernism. His 1887 comic opera, The King in Spite of Himself, is considered to have significantly impacted the course of French harmony. This stylish and elegant production from the 2012 Bard SummerScape features a first-rate cast and endlessly inventive and colorful sets and costumes.

Read the original program.

August 5 (new release)


Bard SummerScape 2017

By Antonín Dvořák

American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director

Directed by Anne Bogart

Acclaimed at its 1882 premiere for its strong dramatic moments, original melodies, and masterful choral writing, Antonín Dvořák's Dimitrij was widely regarded as one of the most significant works created for the Czech operatic stage. Marking the long overdue first fully staged American production of Dvořák’s opera, Bard’s historic 2017 presentation also featured Dimitrij’s rarely heard, full-length overture and original, brutal conclusion.

Read the original program.

August 19 (encore release)

Die Liebe der Danae (The Love of Danae)

Bard SummerScape 2011 

By Richard Strauss

American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein, music director 

Directed by Kevin Newbury

Rarely produced, yet considered one of Strauss’s finest operas, Danae received a landmark production in SummerScape 2011 by director Kevin Newbury with sets designed by the renowned architect Rafael Viñoly. The opera’s themes of transformation and the acceptance of life's changes are brilliantly illuminated by Strauss's orchestral mastery.

Read the original program.


Korngold’s The Miracle of Heliane – available through August 24

Rubinstein’s Demon – available through August 24

Weber’s Euryanthe – available August 9 through September 13

Ethel Smyth’s The Wreckers – available through September 13

Taneyev’s Oresteia – available August 16 through September 27

All of these programs can be viewed here.

About UPSTREAMING, the Fisher Center’s virtual stage. Archival Discoveries and New Commissions for the Digital Sphere.

UPSTREAMING broadens the Fisher Center’s commitment to reaching audiences far beyond the physical walls of our building, and offers new ways for us to engage with artists. Launched in April 2020, UPSTREAMING has released new content, including digital commissions, virtual events, and beloved performances and rich contextual materials from the archives of the SummerScape Opera and Bard Music Festival’s 30-year history. UPSTREAMING highlights different aspects of the breadth of programming the Fisher Center offers. In August, UPSTREAMING will announce a series of major virtual commissions that will be released as part of the Fisher Center’s 2020-2021 season. 


New releases are announced via the Fisher Center’s weekly newsletter. To receive those updates and stay connected to UPSTREAMING, join the mailing list here.



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This event was last updated on 07-28-2020