Bard SummerScape Festival

Cory Weaver


June 28–August 19, 2018

The fifteenth annual Bard SummerScape festival features eight weeks of world-class opera, theater, dance, cabaret, film, and music, including the 29th annual Bard Music Festival, Rimsky-Korsakov and His World. 

Join the Friends of the Fisher Center for early access to the best seats.

Tickets go on sale on February 21st.

"A hotbed of intellectual and aesthetic adventure.” 

The New York Times
The Demon Seated, 1890, Mikhail Vrubel, Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain


Anton Rubinstein's Demon
American Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Leon Botstein
Directed by Thaddeus Strassberger

A fallen angel doomed to eternal isolation has a chance encounter with a princess and falls desperately in love. The rich choruses and fiery libretto of Rubinstein’s 1871 masterpiece are performed by an all-Russian cast in this rare, new American production. 

July 27August 5
Bard Music Festival
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, 1898, Valentin Serov, Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Bard Music Festival

Rimsky-Korsakov and His World

Join us for an exploration of the life and times of the composer who played a central role in the definition of what we know as the Russian style in music: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908). Bard Music Festival weekends include orchestral concerts, chamber and choral music performances, panel discussions, special events, and opera in concert

Weekend One: August 10–12
Inventing Russian Music: The Mighty Five

Weekend Two: August 17–19
Rimsky-Korsakov and His Followers

Cory Weaver


Four Quartets
World Premiere/SummerScape Commission
Text by T. S. Eliot
Choreography by Pam Tanowitz 
Music by Kaija Saariaho, 
performed by The Knights

A thrilling new performance of dance, music, painting, and poetry.

July 6–8
Leonard Bernstein with sister Shirley in the Green Room at Carnegie Hall, 1950. Photo by Ruth Orkin, ©1977. Made available online with permission from the Ruth Orkin Photo Archive,


Leonard Bernstein’s Peter Pan
After the play by J. M. Barrie
Adapted and directed by Christopher Alden

Leonard Bernstein’s musical was a Broadway smash in 1950, but has not been seen in New York since. By rediscovering these songs for the Bernstein centennial, this intimate new production grows by turns whimsical and sinister, joyful and dark, creating a gripping portrait of the boy who wouldn’t grow up. 

June 28July 22
The Spiegeltent
Cory Weaver

The Spiegeltent

Cabaret and More
Hosted by Mx. Justin Vivian Bond

Mx. Bond’s fifth season at the Spiegeltent, an internationally renowned destination of magic and mayhem, has surprises in store all summer long. Enchanted evenings await with unforgettable performances of cabaret and jazz, food and drink, and dancing under the sparkling lights of the historic tent of mirrors.

June 29–August 18
Film Series
Fantasia, 1940, ©Walt Disney Productions/Photofest

Film Series

Rimsky-Korsakov and the
Poetry of Cinema

The 2018 SummerScape film series explores the influence of Russian nationalism, folk music, and exoticism in pieces by Rimsky-Korsakov and other members of The Mighty Five on Russian directors like Aleksandr Sokurov and in international films ranging from Walt Disney’s Fantasia to Louis Malle’s Atlantic City.

July 26–August 19