Opening this Friday, July 25, SummerScape presents Euryanthe, Carl Maria von Weber’s “greatest masterpiece” (NPR). Hailed as “musically sublime” (The Guardian), Euryanthe is a story of jealousy and betrayal in which layers of deceit and repressed desire motivate lovers traveling in a darkly gothic world. Bard’s original staging is by Kevin Newbury, creator of SummerScape’s “gold standard production” (WQXR) of Richard Strauss’s Die Liebe der Danae. Euryanthe’s five performances (July 25, 27, and 30; August 1 and 3) feature the festival’s resident American Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of music director Leon Botstein.
Euryanthe is headlined by Ellie Dehn, whose “melting yet clear soprano” impressed the New York Times when she portrayed Catherine of Aragon with “eloquence and power” in SummerScape’s presentation of Saint-Saëns’s Henry VIII two years ago. Opposite her, as Euryanthe’s fiancé Adolar, is lyric tenor William Burden, who may be heard on the Metropolitan Opera’s 2013 Grammy Award–winning recording of The Tempest by Thomas Adès. Soprano Wendy Bryn Harmer, pronounced “spellbinding” in view of her “enormous range, fortitude, and bewitching command” (Opera News), sings Euryanthe’s ill-fated rival, Eglantine, with bass-baritone Ryan Kuster lending his “beautiful tone” (San Francisco Classical Voice) to the role of Lysiart. And playing King Ludwig is Peter Volpe, back at Bard after bringing his “robust voice and charismatic presence” (New York Times) to 2009’s staging of Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots.
Tickets start at $25. For more information visit fishercenter.bard.edu or call 845-758-7900.