Now in its 13th season, Bard SummerScape presents eight weeks of stellar events in opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret.
The prime focus of these offerings is the 26th annual Bard Music Festival, which this year examines the life, times, and creative output of the 20th century Mexican composer, conductor, and educator Carlos Chávez. whose compositions synthesize Indian, Spanish, and Mexican elements together with trends in European musical modernism.
Other highlights of the SummerScape season include Ethel Smyth’s The Wreckers, a rarely performed opera based on the nefarious tradition in Cornish coastal villages of plundering ships that were deliberately lured onto rocks; an exciting new chamber version of Oklahoma! by Rodgers and Hammerstein; a dreamlike, alfresco theatrical production of Fernando Rubio’s Everything by my side; plus much more. Gideon Lester, Director of Theater Programs at Bard, and a major part of the production of Rodger & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! joins us. We also welcome Susana Meyer, producer for the SummerScape production of Ethel Smyth's opera, The Wreckers and Neal Cooper, one of the opera’s stars.