james bagwell

Anton Rubinstein’s opera “Demon” opens tonight at Bard SummerScape, in a new production by frequent SummerScape director Thaddeus Strassberger. Anchored by the American Symphony Orchestra under music director and festival coartistic director Leon Botstein, the new staging represents an all-too-rare opportunity to see one of 19th-century Russia’s most popular operas in the West. The opera features the Bard Festival Chorale under the direction of James Bagwell.

And that’s not all that’s coming up at Bard – not by a longshot.

The 29th annual Bard Music Festival presents a two-week, in-depth exploration of “Rimsky-Korsakov and His World” in twelve themed concert programs, complemented by pre-concert lectures, panel discussions, and expert commentary.

We are joined by Artistic Co-Director of Bard Music Festival Christopher Gibbs and James Bagwell, Choral Master James Bagwell. 

Since the opening of the Fisher Center at Bard, Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra have been responsible for championing and restoring to the stage a growing number of important but long-neglected operas.

This year’s Bard SummerScape festival features the long overdue American premiere of Antonín Dvořák’s Dimitrij in an original new staging by award-winning director Anne Bogart. Dimitrij runs for five performances between today and August 6.

Dvořák’s work includes no fewer than twelve operas but his grand opera, Dimitrij, is rarely staged outside the Czech Republic.

Here to tell us more is Choral Director, James Bagwell.