Die tote Stadt

AUGUST 18, 2019
Sunday at 5 PM
Preconcert Talk at 4 PM

Presented by the Bard Music Festival

Based on a novel by Belgian Symbolist poet Georges Rodenbach, Die tote Stadt is a heady, haunting story of love and obsession. It is set in a surreal version of Bruges, where protagonist Paul is mourning the death of his saintly young wife, Marie. Die tote Stadt is “sumptuously lyrical, theatrically vivid and glitteringly orchestrated” (The New York Times). This semi-staged performance of the opera draws Bard’s probing and far-reaching festival to a ravishing close.


Erich Wolfgang Korngold Die tote Stadt


Leon Botstein conductor

Paul: Clay Hilley tenor
Marie/Marietta: Sara Jakubiak soprano
Franz/Fritz: Alexander Elliott baritone
Brigitta: Deborah Nansteel mezzo-soprano
Juliette: So Young Park soprano
Lucienne: Rebecca Ringle Kamarei mezzo-soprano
Gaston/Victorin: William Ferguson tenor
Count: Richard Troxell tenor
Marie’s ghost: Kirsten Harvey

Bard Festival Chorale
James Bagwell choral director

Jordan Fein director
Stephan Moravski designer
Mark Barton lighting designer
Terese Wadden costume designer

Bard Music Festival

In 2019, the Bard Music Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary season with a two-week, in-depth exploration of “Korngold and His World.” In twelve themed concert programs, complemented by pre-concert lectures, a film screening, panel discussions, and expert commentary, Bard examines the life and career of Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897–1957), the under-sung yet hugely influential composer whose lush Romanticism would come to define the quintessential Hollywood sound. Offering an immersion in the worlds he straddled, first as a classical prodigy in fin-de-siècle Vienna and then as a prime mover in the Golden Age of Hollywood, Weekend One addresses Korngold and Vienna (August 9–11), and Weekend Two investigates Korngold in America (August 16–18). Enriched by a wealth of compositions by Korngold’s predecessors, contemporaries, and successors, all events take place in the stunning Frank Gehry-designed Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and other venues on Bard College’s idyllic Hudson River campus. There, as in previous years, the Bard Music Festival is set to provide the creative inspiration for Bard SummerScape 2019 and to prove itself once again “the summer’s most stimulating music festival” (Los AngelesTimes).

Image: Rückenakt mit erhobenen Armen (detail) by Koloman Moser, c. 1915; Wikimedia Commons