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10 Must See Operas For The Summer Season 2018 [U.S Edition]
The 2017-18 season comes to an end. Now what do you do? Or more like where do you go? Opera lovers know that there are a plethora of festivals to check out, but many are distant from their own traditional opera companies and it can turn into a challenge trying to figure out where to fly out to in the summer. There are a ton of selections to be sure,…
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Bard Summerscape 2018 To Present Three Rarely Performed Operas
The Bard Summerscape has announced its 2018 festival programming and will present three operatic selections. Since its inception, the festival has been committed to reviving important but neglected operas and this year will be no different. In 2018, the festival will present a new American production of  "The Demon" by Anton Rubinstein The opera will be headlined by Olga Tolkmit and Efim Zavalny in an all-Russian cast. American director Thaddeus…
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Bard Summerscape 2017 Review – Halka: Amanda Majeski Triumphs In This Rarely Heard Polish Opera
"Halka" is considered one of the first great Polish operas in the canon. While it is rarely performed outside of Poland, Stanisław Moniuszko's work has had a couple of outings in the United States. This season, the Bard Music Festival presented it in collaboration with the Polish National Opera in a semi-staged version that while not completely satisfying in its execution showcased some fine young talent and a scene-stealing soprano…
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Weekend Preview – USA (8/4-6): ‘Oklahoma!’ Dominates Weekend As ‘Dimitrij’ Has Last Hoorah
The festival season keeps on rolling along with a number of performances across the states. At the Glimmerglass Festival you can get your helping of bel canto with “The Siege of Calais” or modern opera with “Scalia Ginsburg” on Friday. You can enjoy a musical in the form of “Oklahoma” or Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” on Saturday with an offering of the baroque opera “Xerxes” on Sunday. The festival has…
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Bard SummerScape Festival 2017 Review – Dimitrij: A Flawed Production Makes Compelling Case For Dvořák’s Rarely Heard Sixth Opera
Let me start off by saying "Dimitrij" is not Dvořák's melodic masterpiece nor is it the most important work by the composer. But Dvořák's sixth opera is a compelling grand opera that deserves more exposure and more productions. In sum, while listening to this unique opera, one can certainly hear hints of the dramatic prowess Dvořák would eventually utilize to create his greatest operatic masterpiece "Rusalka." Attending the second performance…
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Weekend Preview – USA (7/28-30): Dvorak’s ‘Dimitrij’ to Get First US Staging At Bard Summerscape
It will be another busy opera weekend as we enter the home stretch of the summer season. But this one is special because it will feature the first fully staged production of an opera by a beloved Czech Composer. Dvorak's "Dimitrij" will make its first staged production in the US as part of the Bard Summerscape with performances on Friday and Sunday. The opera will be performed five times. Portland…
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Q&A: Anne Bogart On Discovering Dvorak’s Rare Opera ‘Dimitrij’
This weekend, Dvorak's "Dimitrij" premieres at the Bard Summerscape. The opera is being staged in the U.S. for the first time by director Anne Bogart, a Bard graduate. She has directed numerous opera productions including Bizet's "Carmen" and Verdi's "Macbeth" at the Glimmerglass Festival and has also helmed Bellini's "Norma" with the Washington National Opera. Her theater work has been hailed for its intricate perspectives, winning her numerous awards. OperaWire…
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10 Must See Operas For The Summer Season [U.S Edition]
Now that that most of the major opera companies in the U.S are about to finish their 2016-17 season, most opera lovers will be left searching for what to see. While most festivals take place in Europe, many companies and festivals will be active introducing new works, bringing old classics and discovering new talent. The following is a list of OperaWire's 10 Must-See productions in the U.S over the summer.…
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Bard SummerScape 2017 To Showcase Rare Dvorák Opera
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…