Bard SummerScape 2014 presents the opera Euryanthe

Bard SummerScape 2014 presents seven inspired weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret. The centerpiece of these offerings is the 25th annual Bard Music Festival, this year examining the life, work, and cultural milieu of the 19th-century Austrian composer Franz Schubert. The festival will explore Schubert's tragically short but remarkably influential career, presenting his symphonic, chamber, and religious music along with many works by his contemporaries. Other highlights of the season include Carl Maria von Weber's Euryanthe, a darkly gothic opera based on a medieval romance.

By Carl Maria von Weber

American Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director
Directed by Kevin Newbury

Opera Talk
July 27 at noon
Free and open to the public

Euryanthe is a story of jealousy and betrayal. A redheaded ghost haunts a dreamlike landscape where supernatural forces collide with everyday hopes of comfort and security. Layers of deceit and repressed desire motivate jealous lovers travelling in a darkly gothic world.

Carl Maria von Weber, an acquaintance of Schubert's and one of the most influential early Romantic composers, wrote Euryanthe in 1823. The gloriously beautiful score replaces sections of spoken dialogue common to German opera of the time with continuous music. This powerful work left its mark on Richard Wagner's Lohengrin and later pieces.

Kevin Newbury (Die Liebe der Danae, SummerScape 2011) directs this rare staging on an unjustly neglected opera. Bard's always remarkable chorus and an exciting cast of singers bring the romantic three-act production to life. Sung in German with English subtitles.


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