Bard SummerScape Festival

Cory Weaver


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
Maria Baranova


Anton Rubinstein's Demon
American Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Leon Botstein
Directed by Thaddeus Strassberger

The rich choruses and fiery libretto of Rubinstein’s 1871 masterpiece will be performed by an all-Russian cast in this rare new American production.

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
Photo by Maria Baranova


Four Quartets
World Premiere/SummerScape Commission
Text by T. S. Eliot
Choreography by Pam Tanowitz
Music by Kaija Saariaho; performed by The Knights
Images by Brice Marden 
with Kathleen Chalfant

July 6–8
Photo by Maria Baranova


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

Returning to New York for the first time since 1950,  the Broadway smash hit is rediscovered for Leonard Bernstein's centennial. This intimate new production grows by turns whimsical and sinister, joyful and dark, creating a gripping portrait of the boy who wouldn’t grow up. 

June 28July 22

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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