Bard's SummerScape Festival to Focus on Lizst

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The fourth SummerScape Festival at Bard College this summer will feature the music of Franz Liszt and his contemporaries and colleagues, the festival announced.

The festival runs June 29-August 20 at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.

The schedule includes the first fully staged production in the United States of Schumann's opera Genoveva; Offenbach's three short operas Les deux aveugles, L'ile de Tulipatan, and Ba-ta-clan; a new dance work set to Liszt by the Donna Uchizono Company; a new adaptation of Dumas's play La dame aux camellias; and a film festival featuring the works of Max Ophuls.

The Bard Music Festival, the multi-disciplinary event that serves as SummerScape's centerpiece, will run August 11-13 and August 18-20. The theme this year is "Franz Liszt and His World"; the program includes a variety of works by the composer and by composers who influenced or were influenced by him, including Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Chopin, Debussy, Donizetti, Franck, Grieg, Hummel, Mussorgsky, Rossini, Wagner, and both Schumanns.

Performers include pianist Jeremy Denk, violinist Ani Kavafian, pianist Orion Weiss, and mezzo-soprano Jill Grove. Leon Botstein conducts the American Symphony Orchestra.

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