Bard SummerScape Festival


June 29 – August 18, 2019

The 16th annual Bard SummerScape festival features seven weeks of world-class opera, theater, dance, cabaret, film, and music, including the 30th annual Bard Music Festival, Korngold and His World

“A hotbed of intellectual and aesthetic adventure.”

The New York Times
Photo by Matt Karas


Ronald K. Brown / Evidence
Grace and Mercy
SummerScape Commission
Choreography by Ronald K. Brown
with live music from Meshell Ndegeocello, Peven Everett, and more

“Astounding, something to be sensed as well as seen.” —New York Times
July 5–7
Photo by Paula Court


Music by Michael Gordon
Libretto by Deborah Artman
Directed by Daniel Fish
Conducted by David Bloom ’13, GCP ’15

“Unmissable . . . sublime . . . massive-scale cinematic revelations unfolding out of a seemingly empty space.” —Time Out New York

July 11–21
"Queen" by Bodnar


Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s The Miracle of Heliane
New Production / U.S. Premiere

The American Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Leon Botstein
Directed by Christian Räth

July 26 – August 4
30th SeasonBard Music Festival
Erich Wolfgang Korngold by Hermann Brulhlmeyer; Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

30th Season
Bard Music Festival

Korngold and His World

Weekend One: August 9–11
Korngold and Vienna

Weekend Two: August 16–18
Korngold in America

The Spiegeltent
Photo by Maria Baranova

The Spiegeltent

Cabaret, Live Music, and More
Each weekend brings new enchantments as a lineup of Spiegeltent favorites and dazzling newcomers take the reins for Friday and Saturday cabaret; the Catskill Jazz Factory returns with the Thursday night jazz series; and Sundays are packed with swing, storytelling, and more.  

June 29 – August 17
Film Series
"Captain Blood," 1935, ©Warner Bros. Pictures/Photofest.

Film Series

Korngold and the
Hollywood Film
The 2019 SummerScape film series explores the history and development of ambitious Hollywood film scores, highlighting the rich orchestral music Erich Wolfgang Korngold wrote for studio films in the 1930s and ’40s.

July 25 – August 18

Special Thanks

The 2019 SummerScape season is made possible in part through the generous support of Jeanne Donovan Fisher, the Martin and Toni Sosnoff Foundation, the Board of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, the Board of the Bard Music Festival, and Fisher Center members, as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


SummerScape 2019 Brochure