Bard SummerScape 2017 To Showcase Rare Dvorák Opera

(Credit: Wikimedia Commons) Grigory Otrepev (False Dmitrij) in coronation robes

The Bard SummerScape 2017 season has been announced. While focus is being placed on a Chopin celebration, there is something truly special for those looking for opera.

The opera portion of the festival will feature a revival of a rare opera by Antonín Dvorák. The opera in question is “Dimitrij,” which rarely ever gets performed outside of the Czech Republic. The work received its U.S. concert premiere in 1984. Dvorák composed it with interruption between 1881 and 1882 when it received its first performance. Many revisions later, the opera’s final version debuted in 1892.

“Dimitrij” is set in 17th century Russia picking up where Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov” left off. The story explores the polarization in Russia as the people are split between following the Godunov family and the presumed son of Ivan the Terrible, Dimitrij. Of course, Dimitrij is mistaken in his belief that he is the natural heir and leads the Polish army into Moscow. He falls in love with Godunov’s daughter, creating both disarray on numerous levels.

The new production will be directed by Anne Bogart, a 1974 Bard alumna, whose many accolades include two “Best Director” Obies and the Jesse L. Rosenberger Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Creative & Performing Arts. The American Symphony Orchestra will be led by Leon Botstein with performances starting on July 28 and running through August 6.

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Prior to creating OperaWire, DAVID SALAZAR, (Editor-in-Chief) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he interviewed major opera stars including Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Vittorio Grigolo, Diana Damrau and Rolando Villazon among others. His 2014 interview with opera star Kristine Opolais was cited in a New York Times Review. He also had the opportunity of interviewing numerous Oscar nominees, Golden Globe winners and film industry giants such as Guillermo del Toro, Oscar Isaac and John Leguizamo among others. David holds a Masters in Media Management from Fordham University. During his time at Fordham, he studied abroad at the Jagiellonian University in Poland. He also holds a dual bachelor’s from Hofstra University in Film Production and Journalism.

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