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Last Chance to See: A “Lush and Monumental” Revival of Oresteia

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A “Lush and Monumental” Revival of Oresteia
A Mariinsky Theater Coproduction

AMERICAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

CONDUCTED BY Leon Botstein, music director
DIRECTED BY Thaddeus Strassberger

“In a sensational staging conducted by Leon Botstein and directed by Thaddeus Strassberger. . .  Bard’s production [of Oresteia] is as lush and monumental as the music, which includes a sweeping overture and gorgeous, monumental choruses.” —Bloomberg News

Bard SummerScape's production of Sergey Taneyev’s Oresteia opened to sold-out houses and rave reviews. The revival of Oresteia featured an “exceptional” chorus prepared by James Bagwell and a “handsome performance” (New York Times) from the American Symphony Orchestra.

The cast also received glowing praises. Liuba Sokolova “dominated as Clytemnestra, singing with a steely but rich, imperious mezzo” (Bloomberg News), and Mikhail Vekua, as Orestes, “stood out for the intensity and focus of his clarion tenor” (New York Times). Maria Litke was “consistently captivating as she glided across the stage and Olga Tolkmit’s voice sparkled as it rose above the chorus.”

There are two more chances to see Oresteia. Tickets are selling out fast, so buy yours today!

Bard SummerScape is internationally recognized for staging critically acclaimed opera productions, complete with magnificent sets and costumes and gorgeous music. To enrich its immersion in Russia’s profound and far-reaching impact on 20th-century culture, Bard presents Oresteia (1887–94), by Stravinsky’s compatriot Sergey Taneyev, marking the first time this towering work will have been staged in its entirety outside Russia. Bard’s new and original production comes courtesy of visionary director Thaddeus Strassberger, winner of the European Opera Directing Prize (2005) and creator of SummerScape’s previous hit treatments of Les Huguenots, The Distant Sound, and The King in Spite of Himself. Oresteia’s five performances (July 26, 28, and 31; August 2 and 4) will feature the festival’s resident American Symphony Orchestra with music director Leon Botstein. With a huge, international cast, this year’s production of Russian composer Sergey Taneyev’s Oresteia is a gripping tale of lust, murder, and revenge.

For tickets and information, visit fishercenter.bard.edu or call 845-758-7900.

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