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Outside of Russia, Rimsky-Korsakov’s music has remained largely on the periphery of the repertory. But he will be front and center at this year’s Bard SummerScape, which will take place at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., from June 28 to Aug. 19, and includes performances of music, theater and dance.
The SummerScape centerpiece, the Bard Music Festival, is known for its ambitious programming, taking deep dives into underserved composers (like Carlos Chávez) and resurrecting little-known works — a favorite practice of its organizer, the conductor (and president of Bard) Leon Botstein. Twelve programs, over Aug. 10-12 and Aug. 17-19, will explore Rimsky-Korsakov’s influences, contemporaries, and his effect on a future generation of Russian composers.
His one-act opera “Mozart and Salieri,” which depicts the infamous relationship between the two composers, will be performed Aug. 18; there will be a semi-staged production of “The Tsar’s Bride” on Aug. 19. Rimsky-Korsakov’s arrangement of Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain” will be heard in a screening of “Fantasia,” on July 29, as part of the festival’s film series.
SummerScape’s central opera production will not be by Rimsky-Korsakov, but by his compatriot Anton Rubinstein, who was 15 years his elder. “The Demon,” which depicts a fallen angel falling in love, will be given a new production with a Russian cast, July 27-Aug. 5; Thaddeus Strassberger directs, and Mr. Botstein will lead the American Symphony Orchestra.
The seemingly endless Leonard Bernstein centennial celebrations roll on at Bard, but in unexpected fashion, with a production of his musical “Peter Pan” (June 28-July 22). Christopher Alden adapted and will direct this adaptation of the J.M. Barrie play, which ran on Broadway in 1950. (It never matched the popularity of another “Peter Pan” musical that opened four years later, with Mary Martin in the title role.)
And on July 6-8, T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets” will be brought to life in a premiere mixed-media adaptation. Pam Tanowitz is the choreographer, to a new score by Kaija Saariaho and images by the artist Brice Marden; Kathleen Chalfant will read Eliot’s poems.