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Bard SummerScape presents

Oresteia

by Sergey Taneyev

Friday, August 2, 2013

[Oresteia] 
The Furies, John Singer Sargeant, 1921. ©Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Furies, John Singer Sargeant, 1921. ©Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Tickets: $30, 60, 70, 90

Opera Talk with Leon Botstein
Sosnoff Theater, July 28 at 1 pm

American Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director
Directed by Thaddeus Strassberger
Madeleine Boyd, set designer
Mattie Ullrich, costume designer
JAX Messenger, lighting designer

Sergey Taneyev (1856–1915) defied tradition when he composed his musical trilogy Oresteia. Rather than calling upon Russian history or folk tales, as most Russian operas had to that point, Taneyev looked to Greek antiquity, basing the libretto on Aeschylus’ powerful trilogy—Agamemnon, Choephorae, and Eumenides—which chronicles the calamities that befell the accursed House of Atreus.

This production at the Fisher Center is the first time this towering work has been staged in its entirety outside of Russia since its premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1895. Sung in the original Russian, Oresteia is directed by Thaddeus Strassberger, who returns to SummerScape after his acclaimed productions in previous seasons of Giacomo Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots, Franz Schreker’s Der ferne Klang, and Emmanuel Chabrier’s Le roi malgré lui.

Special support for this program is provided by Emily H. Fisher and John Alexander.

Reserve the best seats in the house and special parking for all your Fisher Center performances through premium seating. Call 845-758-7948 for these special seats and benefits.

Running time for this performance is approximately three hours and 40 minutes, including two intermissions.

For more information, call 845-758-7900, e-mail fishercenter@bard.edu,
or visit http://fishercenter.bard.edu/summerscape/.

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater