Bard SummerScape Festival


June 28–August 19, 2018

The fifteenth annual Bard SummerScape festival features seven weeks of world-class opera, theater, dance, cabaret, film, and music, including the 29th annual Bard Music Festival, Rimsky-Korsakov and His World

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"A hotbed of intellectual and aesthetic adventure.” 

The New York Times
Photo by Maria Baranova


Leonard Bernstein’s Peter Pan
After the play by J. M. Barrie
Directed by Christopher Alden

"A stranger, sexier, more melancholic version of Peter Pan. " —The New York Times

June 28July 22


Four Quartets
World Premiere/SummerScape Commission

“The greatest creation of dance theater so far this century.” —The New York Times
July 6–8


Anton Rubinstein's Demon
"Rhapsodically lyrical...a winner" —The New York Times

July 27August 5
Bard Music Festival
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, 1898, Valentin Serov, Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Bard Music Festival

Rimsky-Korsakov and His World

Bard Music Festival weekends include orchestral concerts, chamber and choral music performances, panel discussions, special events, and opera in concert.

Weekend One: August 10–12
Inventing Russian Music: The Mighty Five

Weekend Two: August 17–19
Rimsky-Korsakov and His Followers

The Spiegeltent
Photo by Maria Baranova

The Spiegeltent

Cabaret and More
Hosted by Mx. Justin Vivian Bond

Mx. Bond’s fifth season at the Spiegeltent, an internationally renowned destination of magic and mayhem, has surprises in store all summer long. Enchanted evenings await with unforgettable performances of cabaret and jazz, food and drink, and dancing under the sparkling lights of the historic tent of mirrors.

June 29–August 18
Film Series
Fantasia, 1940, ©Walt Disney Productions/Photofest

Film Series

Rimsky-Korsakov and the
Poetry of Cinema

The 2018 SummerScape film series explores the influence of Russian nationalism, folk music, and exoticism in pieces by Rimsky-Korsakov and other members of The Mighty Five on Russian directors like Aleksandr Sokurov and in international films ranging from Walt Disney’s Fantasia to Louis Malle’s Atlantic City.

July 26–August 19

Special Thanks

The 2018 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.

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