SOUTHBURY, Conn. — Theater, film and opera will be added to the 14th annual Bard Music Festival at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., to create the inaugural season of Bard Summerscape, July 23-Aug. 17. The theater element will include the U.S. premieres of the Moscow New Generation Theater’s productions of “K.I. From ‘Crime,’ ” adapted from Dostoevski’s “Crime and Punishment,” and Ostrovosky’s “The Storm.”
Also skedded are the U.S. stage premiere of Leos Janacek’s opera “Osud” and the world premiere of “Don Juan in Prague,” based on Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” A group of Czech films and a puppet production of Janacek’s opera “The Cunning Little Vixen” will fill out the programming built around the Bard Music Festival. Perfs will take place at Bard College’s Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and other venues around its campus, 90 miles north of New York.
Directed by Genrietta Yanovskaya, “The Storm” will open Aug. 7 with perfs in Russian with English supertitles. It’s the play on which Janacek based his opera “Katya Kabanova.” Adapted from the Dostoevski novel by Daniil Gink and directed by Kama Ginkas, “K.I. From ‘Crime'” will begin Aug. 6, with Russian film actor Oksana Mysina playing the widow of Raskolnikov’s drinking companion Marmeladov. Performed in Russian with a synopsis in English, it will mark the U.S. debut of director Ginkas, previously announced to direct productions at Yale Rep in New Haven, Conn., and the American Rep in Cambridge, Mass., next season.
The U.S. stage premiere of “Osud,” directed by JoAnne Akalaitis with sets by architect Frank Gehry, will begin performances July 23, sung in Czech with English supertitles. Music director Leon Botstein will conduct a cast of 40 and the American Symphony Orchestra in five perfs.
The world premiere of “Don Juan in Prague” is set for July 30, adapted and directed by David Chambers, with David Levi as music director. It features an original computer-driven arrangement of the Mozart score by New Zealand composer Matthew Sutter and will be performed in Italian and English by a cast of eight including Czech singer-violinist-film star Iva Bittova, making her first theatrical appearance in 15 years, as Donna Elvira.
The one-hour puppet “Cunning Little Vixen” will be given lunchtime and late-evening performances during Summerscape by the Drak Theater, the innovative Czech puppet troupe.
The film fest will include “The Joke” and “The Lion With a White Mane,” both directed by Jaromil Jires; “A Ballad for a Bandit,” helmed by Vladimir Sis and starring Bittova; and “Year of the Devil,” directed by Petr Zelenka.
All of the above will join the 12 programs of the Bard Music Festival, including performances of Janacek’s song cycle “The Diary of One Who Vanished” and his “Glagolitic Mass.”