The eight-week festival will also feature the world premiere of a new dance commission.
Bard SummerScape returns to the Hudson Valley from June 23 to August 14 with eight weeks of dance, theater, music and opera performances.
To celebrate Molière’s 400th birthday, SummerScape 2022 will world premiere a new version of the French playwright’s 1665 tragicomedy Dom Juan with a feminist touch. The production, which will run from June 23 to July 17, will use a new translation by researcher Sylvaine Guyot and Fisher Center artistic director Gideon Lester. Director Ashley Tata blends 17th century France with late 1970s America as she upends the play’s gendered power structures through her casting choices.
Another world first will be the collaborative dance commission from inaugural Fisher Center choreographer-in-residence Pam Tanowitz and Grammy-winning composer David Lang. Share their perspective on the Bible song of songs, Tanowitz explores his Jewish identity through a proscenium ensemble dance to Lang’s choral interpretation of the text. Shows with live musical accompaniment will take place from July 1 to 3.
Bard’s Spiegeltent returns after two years to provide a live music and dance environment on the weekends throughout the festival. The pavilion of mirrors and stained glass windows will be the scene of highlights such as Black Roots Summer, the organized celebration of black roots music by Michael Mwenso and Jono Gasparro; and a first look at the commissioned adaptation of Scott Joplin’s 1911 opera Treemonisha by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, Obie Prize-winning director Lileana Blain-Cruz, and Rome Prize-winning composer Courtney Bryan.
The Bard Music Festival will present an in-depth look at Russian composer, musician and conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff in Rachmaninoff and his world, a series of 12 concert programs, pre-show talks and panel discussions scheduled for the final two weekends of SummerScape, August 5-7 and August 12-14.
SummerScape will also present a new production of The silent woman by Richard Strauss, a contemporary of Rachmaninoff. The comic opera, to a libretto by Stefan Zweig, who based it on that of Ben Jonson Epicœne or the silent woman, tells the story of a retired British admiral wanting a quiet life, his nephew Henry, wife of Henry Aminta, and a barber who comes between the last two. The opera will run from July 22 to 31 with production and scenography by Christian Räth. Italian bass Andrea Silvestrelli will sing the role of retired Admiral Sir Morosus, tenor David Portillo will sing Henry, soprano Jana McIntyre will sing Aminta and baritone Edward Nelson will sing The Barber.
Bard’s Montgomery Place campus will also host summer Delighted Evening—a special gala to benefit the Fisher Center and the Bard Music Festival—July 16.