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Opening this Friday at SummerScape: Sergey Taneyev’s Opera Oresteia 


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Opening this Friday: Oresteia by Sergey Taneyev
A coproduction with Mariinsky Theater

Leon Botstein, music director
DIRECTED BY Thaddeus Strassberger

“. . . wherever there is an overlooked potential masterpiece, Leon Botstein is not too far behind.” —New York Times

Opening this Friday, July 26, the highly anticipated U.S. stage premiere of Sergey Taneyev’s Oresteia. The SummerScape production is a “rare opportunity to hear Taneyev’s carefully conceived score complete and uncut.” The Fisher Center’s premiere production of Oresteia begins the first of an extended collaboration with the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, where it will be performed in the 2014–15 season, in the theater where it had its premiere in 1895.

Set to a thrilling score, with a large international cast, this production of Oresteia tells a gripping tale of lust, murder, and revenge. Aeschylus’ powerful drama about the cursed House of Atreus--from Agamemnon’s fateful return from Troy to the trial of his son Orestes--is a riveting story with ageless appeal.

Bard SummerScape is internationally recognized for staging critically acclaimed opera productions, complete with magnificent sets and costumes and gorgeous music. To enrich its immersion in Russia’s profound and far-reaching impact on 20th-century culture, Bard presents Oresteia (1887–94), by Stravinsky’s compatriot Sergey Taneyev, marking the first time this towering work will have been staged in its entirety outside Russia. Bard’s new and original production comes courtesy of visionary director Thaddeus Strassberger, winner of the European Opera Directing Prize (2005) and creator of SummerScape’s previous hit treatments of Les Huguenots, The Distant Sound, and The King in Spite of Himself. Oresteia’s five performances (July 26, 28, and 31; August 2 and 4) will feature the festival’s resident American Symphony Orchestra with music director Leon Botstein. With a huge, international cast, this year’s production of Russian composer Sergey Taneyev’s Oresteia is a gripping tale of lust, murder, and revenge.

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