This year’s Bard SummerScape is constructed around the world of composer Igor Stravinsky. (More about him next month.) This season’s opera offering is the first fully staged production of Sergey Taneyev’s Oresteia outside of Russia since its 1895 debut. Like Stravinsky, Taneyev had no compunction about defying Russian musical traditions. In the case, he did it by basing his opera on Greek myth rather than Russian folk tales, as had been the custom.
Directed by Thaddeus Strassberger and with music by the American Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leon Botstein, Oresteia is not to be missed.
Oresteia opens tomorrow (Friday, July 26) at 7 PM and runs through Aug. 4 at Richard B. Fisher Center’s Sosnoff Theater (Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson) as part of Bard SummerScape. Additional performances are Sunday (July 28) and Wednesday (July 31) at 3 PM; Aug. 2 at 7 PM and Aug. 4 at 3 PM. Tickets are $30-$90. For more info, call (845) 758-7900.