Summer Holiday

TRISTAN KRAFT and FRED COHN survey the U.S. festival landscape.

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First came Nirvana, then came Valhalla: Stephen Wadsworth’s Ring staging returns to Seattle, pictured above
© Chris Cheadle/age fotostock 2013

 
ARKANSAS | CALIFORNIA | COLORADO | CONNECTICUT | ILLINOIS | IOWA | MAINE | MASSACHUSETTS
MICHIGAN | MINNESOTA | MISSOURI | NEW HAMPSHIRE | NEW JERSEY | NEW MEXICO
NEW YORK | OHIO | OREGON | PENNSYLVANIA | SOUTH CAROLINA | UTAH | VERMONT | VIRGINIA
WASHINGTON 

ARKANSAS  

OPERA IN THE OZARKS AT INSPIRATION POINT
Opera in the Ozarks Theatre, Eureka Springs; Arend Arts Center, Bentonville
479-253-8595; 
 generaldirector@opera.org
www.opera.org
June 21–July 19
OPERA:

Madama Butterfly. June 21, 26, 29, July 3, 6, 9, 17
The Pirates of Penzance. June 22, 27, July 2, 8, 10, 12, 18
L’Elisir d’Amore. June 25, 28, July 1, 5, 11, 13, 19

CALIFORNIA 

spacer AMERICAN BACH SOLOISTS FESTIVAL & ACADEMY
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
415-621-7900;
 info@americanbach.org
www.sfbachfestival.org
July 12–21
ORATORIO:

Mass in B Minor (Bach). July 14, 21
Esther (Handel). July 19

spacer CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL
Sunset Center Theater
831-624-1521;
 info@bachfestival.org
www.bachfestival.org
July 13–27
Under the rubric of "The French Connection," this year’s festival explores the ties between Bach and the French composers whom he influenced through the ages, from Berlioz to Poulenc. The composers on offer range from Machaut to Weill, but the towering paterfamilias of the Bach family remains the central focus, with wall-to-wall performances of the master’s cantatas, suites and sonatas, along with two airings of the Christmas Oratorio.
ORATORIO:
Christmas Oratorio. July 14, 21
CONCERT:
Dominique Labelle, Clara Rottsolk, Daniel Taylor, Thomas Cooley, Peter Harvey; Festival Orchestra and Chorus,
     Goodwin. July 13, 20
Peter Harvey; chamber ensemble. July 15, 22
Thomas Cooley; chamber ensemble. July 16
Labelle, Rottsolk, Taylor, Cooley, Harvey; Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Goodwin (all-French program). July 16, 23
Labelle; chamber ensemble. July 18, 25
RECITAL:
Rottsolk, Virginia Warnken, Patricia Thompson, David Vanderwal, Dashon Burton, Holly Chatham. July 18, 25

spacer MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM
Various locations, San Francisco
415-565-6427; 
 mop@sfopera.com
www.merola.org
July 11–August 17
See "The Pride of the Merolini."
OPERA:
The Rape of Lucretia. July 11, 13
Le Nozze di Figaro. Aug. 1, 3

spacer MUSIC ACADEMY OF THE WEST
Granada Theatre and other locations, Santa Barbara
805-969-4726; 
 festival@musicacademy.org
www.musicacademy.org
June 17–August 10
The members of the Academy Voice Program will perform in a staged production of Die Zauberflöte. Warren Jones, a longtime MAW faculty member, will conduct; David Paul will direct. The festival also includes a number of vocal masterclasses, featuring Jones and voice-program director Marilyn Horne. Baritone Vladimir Chernov will visit for a week-long residency, mixing teaching and performing.
OPERA:
Die Zauberflöte. Aug. 2, 4
CONCERT:
Opera Scenes. July 13, 15
Marilyn Horne Song Competition. July 20
Vocal Chamber Music. July 25
RECITAL:
Vladimir Chernov. June 24
MASTER CLASS:
Marilyn Horne, Warren Jones. June 19
Warren Jones. June 29
Marilyn Horne. July 27, Aug. 7

spacer NAPA VALLEY FESTIVAL DEL SOLE
Various locations, Napa County
888-337-6272; 
 office@festivaldelsole.org
www.fdsnapa.org
July 12–21
This year, the luxurious wine-country festival culminates with a concert of Eugene Onegin highlights featuring Ekaterina Scherbachenko, Sergei Semishkur, Robert Pomakov and Igor Golovatenko. Carlos Montanaro conducts the Russian National Orchestra. The festival opens with an Audra McDonald concert and includes a gala dinner featuring Jessye Norman in recital.
OPERA IN CONCERT:
Eugene Onegin. July 21 (excerpts)
CONCERT:
Audra McDonald; jazz combo. July 12
RECITAL:
Jessye Norman. July 20

spacer OJAI MUSIC FESTIVAL
Libbey Bowl
805-646-2094; 
 info@ojaifestival.org
 www.ojaifestival.org
June 6–9
Each year, the Ojai festival, dedicated to music of the last century, invites a different artist to serve as music director. Usually, the job falls to a musician, but this year’s mastermind is choreographer (and occasional conductor) Mark Morris, bringing not only dancers but musicians from the Mark Morris Dance Group, to offer healthy portions of Henry Cowell, along with his students Lou Harrison and John Cage.
CONCERTS:
Yulia Van Doren, Jamie Van Eyck, Douglas Williams; Colin Fowler (organ), American String Quartet, M. Morris.
     June 9
Van Doren, Van Eyck, Williams; MMDG Music Ensemble, Gerson. June 9
RECITALS:
Van Doren. June 7

spacer SAN FRANCISCO OPERA
War Memorial Opera House
415-861-4008; 
 webmaster@sfopera.org
www.sfopera.com
June 5–July 7
The big event of the company’s summer season is the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s Gospel of Mary Magdelene, a reinterpretation of the New Testament incorporating material from Gnostic texts. Sasha Cooke takes the title role; Nathan Gunn is Jesus. Kevin Newbury’s production will also feature Maria Kanyova and William Burden (see "New Directions"), and Michael Christie will conduct. Les Contes d’Hoffmann gets a new production courtesy of Laurent Pelly; the cast includes Matthew Polenzani in the title role, Natalie Dessay as Antonia and Alice Coote as Nicklausse, under the baton of Patrick Fournillier. A revival of the John Cox production of Così Fan Tutte features Ellie Dehn as Fiordiligi, with SFO music director Nicola Luisotti at the helm.
OPERA:
Les Contes d’Hoffmann. June 5, 11, 14, 20, 23m, 27, 30m, July 3, 6
Così Fan Tutte. June 9, 12, 18, 21, 26, 29, July 1
The Gospel of Mary Magdelene (Adamo). June 19, 22, 25, 28, July 2, 5, 7m (world premiere)
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Under the Benedict Music Tent at Aspen Musical Festival and Schoolcourtesy Aspen Musical Festival and School 
 
COLORADO  
spacer ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL
Wheeler Opera House; Benedict Music Tent;
Harris Concert Hall
970-925-9042;
 tickets@aspenmusic.org
www.aspenmusicfestival.com
June 27–August 18
The festival maintains its status quo of three Aspen Opera Theater Center productions, while devoting ample programming to the Benjamin Britten Centenary. Robert Spano, festival music director, conducts a semi-staged performance of Peter Grimes with Susanna Phillips, Meredith Arwady, Anthony Dean Griffey, Brian Mulligan, Kelly Markgraf and Mark Diamond. Edward Berkeley, Aspen Opera Theater Center director, directs. Leonard Slatkin leads a singular tribute to Britten with a program of Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten and Britten’s Sinfonietta, Op. 1 (July 21). The festival, generous with its programming for children, offers a free performance of The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (July 16). The Aspen Opera Theater Center presents Candide, with George Manahan on the podium and Berkeley in the director’s chair. Tomáš Netopil conducts members of the Aspen Opera Theater Center in a double bill of Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica; James Marvel directs. Jane Glover conducts L’Incoronazione di Poppea, with Berkeley directing. Throughout the summer, Berkeley leads eight master classes featuring Academy students. Vocal concerts include Britten’s "Nocturne" on June 28, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony on July 28 and Britten’s Illuminations on August 2. On August 18, Eric Owens sings "Ella giammai m’amò" and selections from Walküre and Götterdämmerung; Heidi Melton joins him to perform Brünnhilde’s immolation scene. Joyce DiDonato visits for a recital on August 14.
OPERA:
Candide. July 11, 13, 15
Peter Grimes. July 27 (semi-staged)
Gianni Schicchi/Suor Angelica. Aug. 1, 3, 5
L’Incoronazione di Poppea. Aug. 15, 17
CONCERT:
Zach Borichevsky; Aspen Chamber Symphony, McGegan. June 28
Sasha Cooke; Aspen Chamber Symphony, Netopil. July 26
Susanna Phillips; Aspen Chamber Symphony, Gaffigan. Aug. 2
Heidi Melton, Eric Owens; Aspen Festival Orchestra, Spano. Aug. 18
RECITAL:
Joyce DiDonato. July 23
The Seven Deadly Sins. Aug. 14
MASTER CLASS:
Opera Scenes. June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17

spacer BRAVO! VAIL VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater; Vilar Perf. Arts Center
877-812-5700; 
 bravo@vailmusicfestival.org
www.vailmusicfestival.org
June 28–August 3
CONCERT:

Matthias Goerne; Dallas Symphony Orchestra, van Zweden. July 3
Susanna Phillips; Philadelphia Orchestra, Nézet-Séguin. July 12
Angela Meade, Karen Cargill, John Mac Master, John Relyea; Philadelphia Orchestra, Nézet-Séguin. July 13
Cantus. July 18
CHAMBER MUSIC:
Susanna Phillips; Cantus, Calder Quartet, Paul Neubauer (viola), Anne-Marie McDermott, piano. July 16, 17

spacer CENTRAL CITY OPERA
Central City Opera House; Denver Center for the Perf. Arts
303-292-6700;
 boxoffice@centralcityopera.org
www.centralcityopera.org
June 29–August 11
David Portillo and Javier Abreu share the role of the Count in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, alongside Jennifer Rivera as Rosina, Daniel Belcher as Figaro and Patrick Carfizzi as Bartolo. John Baril conducts, and Marc Astafan directs. Christopher Zemliauskas conducts Ned Rorem’s Our Town, with a cast that includes Anna Christy (Emily Webb), Sally Wolf (Mrs. Webb), William Ferguson (George), John Hancock (Mr. Webb) and Vale Rideout (Stage Manager); Ken Cazan directs. Show Boat stars Emily Pulley as Julie, Sarah Jane McMahon as Magnolia, Angela Renée Simpson as Queenie, Curt Olds as Frank, Troy Cook as Ravenal, Soloman Howard as Joe and librettist Gene Scheer (An American Tragedy) as Cap’n Andy. Hal France conducts the performances; Ray Roderick directs.
OPERA:
Il Barbiere di Siviglia. June 29, July 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 17, 19, 21, 23, 27
Our Town. July 6, 10, 12, 14, 18, 20, 24, 26, 28
MUSICAL THEATER:
Show Boat. Aug. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 (Denver)
RECITAL:
Members of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program. July 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 17, 21, 23, 24, 27, 28

spacer CRESTED BUTTE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Various locations
970-349-0619;
 susan@mycbmf.com
www.crestedbuttemusicfestival.com
June 30–August 11
OPERA:

Il Barbiere di Siviglia excerpts. July 22
Il Barbiere di Siviglia. July 27, 28
CONCERT:
Joyce DiDonato, members of the Marcello Giordani Young Artist Program; Festival Symphony Orchestra, D. Stern.
     July 12
RECITAL:
Keith Miller. July 16
MASTER CLASS:
Cori Ellison. July 15
Joyce DiDonato. July 19
 

 CONNECTICUT  

spacer CONNECTICUT EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Various locations around New London
860-439-2787;
 ticket@ctearlymusic.org
www.ctearlymusic.org
June 15–30
MUSIC-THEATER PERFORMANCE:

The Play of Daniel. June 23
CONCERT:
Rebel. June 15
Connecticut Early Music Society. June 16
Wayward Sisters. June 22
Tenet. June 29
Members of Handel and Haydn Society, Boston. June 30
 

June13SummerHolidayCarmelMission 
The Carmel Bach Festival’s nearby Carmel Mission Basilica
© SeBuKi/Alamy 2013 
 


 

ILLINOIS   
spacer GRANT PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago
312-742-7638; 
 info@grantparkmusicfestival.com
www.grantparkmusicfestival.com
June 12–August 17
In most places, free outdoor concerts focus on the tried and true. But Grant Park mixes unusual fare in with the blockbusters — for instance, Quigang Chen’s song cycle Iris Dévoilée, featuring Chinese-opera soprano Meng Meng along with Xiaoduo Chen, a soprano trained in the Western tradition. Also scheduled are Alexander Nevsky, with mezzo-soprano Emilia Boteva, and Britten’s War Requiem, with Erin Wall, Jeremy Ovenden and Alan Held. Lighter fare includes a Rodgers and Hammerstein night, headlined by soprano Rebecca Luker.
ORATORIO:
War Requiem. June 28, 29
CONCERT:
Emilia Boteva; Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, Kalmer. June 14, 15
Meng Meng, Xiaoduo Chen; Grant Park Orchestra, Kalmer. June 21, 22
Janai Brugger; Grant Park Orchestra, Bell. July 3
Rebecca Luker, Doug LaBrecque, William Michals; Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, Bell. July 17

spacer RAVINIA FESTIVAL
Various locations in Ravinia Park, Highland Park
847-266-5100;
 tickets@ravinia.org
www.ravinia.org
June 6–September 15
The festival’s splashiest opera event will be a concert performance of Aida, with James Conlon leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with a cast including Latonia Moore, Roberto Alagna, Michelle DeYoung, Mark Delavan and Morris Robinson. Conlon will also conduct two off-site performances of Britten’s "church parable" The Burning Fiery Furnace, with a cast led by tenor Nicholas Phan. Jane Glover guides the forces of Music of the Baroque — the Chicago-based early-music ensemble — in Handel’s Israel in Egypt. John Adams’s Gospel According to the Other Mary receives its Midwest premiere, with Grant Gershon conducting the Chicago Philharmonic and Los Angeles Master Chorale and soloists including Kelly O’Connor, Tamara Mumford and Russell Thomas. Celebrating July 4 with an all-American program, conductor Alexander Platt leads singers from Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center in a new chamber-orchestra arrangement of Bernstein’s Songfest. Nicole Cabell will perform Silver Rain, Ricky Ian Gordon’s song cycle to Langston Hughes poems, with the composer at the piano. The Steans Music Institute (the festival’s summer conservatory) will commemorate its twenty-fifth anniversary with a series of concerts featuring its vocal artists, including a program of world-premiere songs by composers Jake Heggie, Aaron Jay Kernis, Roberto Sierra and Augusta Read Thomas. Headliners at Ravinia’s Martin Theatre include Matthias Goerne, in a program of Schumann and Mahler, and Patricia Racette, offering "Diva on Detour," a program of classic torch songs.
OPERA:
The Burning Fiery Furnace. Aug 17
OPERA IN CONCERT:
Aida. Aug. 3
ORATORIO:

Israel in Egypt. July 9
The Gospel According to the Other Mary (Adams). Sept. 7
CONCERT:
Sylvia McNair, Cyrille Aimée; Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Lindberg. June 14
Singers from the Ryan Opera Center; Ensemble Dal Niente, Platt. July 4
Artists from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute. Aug. 1, 5, 12
Oksana Dyka; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Conlon. Aug. 4
Nicholas Phan, The Knights. Sept. 3
RECITAL:
Patricia Racette "Diva on Detour." June 22
Matthias Goerne. July 1
Nicole Cabell. July 30
MASTER CLASS:
Michelle DeYoung. Aug. 4
Malcolm Martineau. Aug 9
 

IOWA  

spacer DES MOINES METRO OPERA
Blank Perf. Arts Center, Indianola
515-961-6221; 
 dmmo@dmmo.org
www.dmmo.org
June 21–July 14
The season opens with Roméo et Juliette, featuring Sara Gartland and Jason Slayden as the lovers. DMMO then celebrates Benjamin Britten’s centenary with Peter Grimes. Roger Honeywell takes the title role. In the company’s Elektra, Brenda Harris is the vengeful princess, and veteran mezzo Joyce Castle is her fearsome mom.
OPERA:
Roméo et Juliette. June 21, 23, 28, July 6, 11, 14
Peter Grimes. June 22, 30, July 2, 5, 13
Elektra. June 29, July 7, 9, 12

MAINE   

spacer PORTopera
Merrill Auditorium, Portland
207-879-7678; 
 boxoffice@porttix.com
www.portopera.org
July 24–28
Cadillac Mountain may be three hours away but Portland gets some Cadillac (i.e., luxury) casting this summer. La Bohème stars Michelle Johnson as Mimì, Alyson Cambridge as Musetta, Edward Parks as Marcello and Ben Wager as Colline.
OPERA:
La Bohème. July 24, 26, 28
MASSACHUSETTS    

 

spacer TANGLEWOOD FESTIVAL
Koussevitzky Music Shed; Seiji Ozawa Hall, Lenox
617-266-1492;
 customerservice@bso.org
www.bso.org
July 5–August 25
Wagner and Verdi both receive salutes on their bicentenaries. Act III of Die Walküre will feature Katarina Dalayman as Brünnhilde, Amber Wagner as Sieglinde and Bryn Terfel as Wotan, under the baton of Lothar Koenigs. The following week, Andris Nelsons leads the Verdi Requiem, with soloists Kristine Opolais, Lioba Braun, Dmitry Popov and Ferruccio Furlanetto. A production of Curlew River (paired with Dido and Aeneas) marks Britten’s 100th birthday; the double bill is the work of Mark Morris and his dance troupe. Two recent operas will be given in concert — John Harbison’s 1999 Great Gatsby, featuring the forces of Boston’s Emmanuel Music, and George Benjamin’s 2012 Written on Skin, the culminating performance of Tanglewood’s annual Festival of Contemporary Music. The summer ends with Bernard Haitink leading Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
OPERA:
Curlew River/Dido and Aeneas. July 31, Aug. 1
OPERA IN CONCERT:
The Great Gatsby. July 11
Die Walküre. July 20 (Act III)
Written on Skin (Benjamin). Aug. 12
ORATORIO:
Requiem (Verdi). July 27
CONCERT:
Anne Sofie von Otter; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Frühbeck de Burgos. July 6
Christine Schäfer; BSO, Eschenbach. July 26
Lucy Crowe; BSO, Denève. Aug. 2
Elizabeth Keusch; Aimard, Drury (pianos). Aug. 10
Erin Wall, Tamara Mumford, Joseph Kaiser, John Relyea; BSO, Haitink. Aug. 25
RECITAL:
Bryn Terfel. July 18

spacer COLLEGE LIGHT OPERA COMPANY
Highfield Theatre, Falmouth
508-548-0668;
 cloc@oberlin.net
www.collegelightoperacompany.com
June 25–August 24
OPERETTA AND MUSICAL THEATER:

Iolanthe (Sullivan). June 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
42nd Street. July 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
No, No, Nanette. July 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
My One and Only. July 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Die Fledermaus. July 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
Babes in Arms. July 30, 31, Aug. 1, 2, 3
Fiddler on the Roof. Aug. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
The Most Happy Fella. Aug. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
She Loves Me. Aug 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
 
MICHIGAN  

 

spacer PINE MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL
Various locations, Upper Peninsula
906-482-1542;
 festival@pmmf.org
www.pmmf.org
June 10–July 13
CONCERT:

"Viva Verdi!" June 27
MUSICAL THEATER:
"Revue of Revues: Highlights from Seasons Past." June 15, 16, 17, 18
 

MINNESOTA  

spacer SKYLARK OPERA
Pearson Theatre, Concordia University, St. Paul
612-343-2290; 
 info@skylarkopera.org
www.skylarkopera.org
June 14–23
OPERA AND MUSICAL THEATER:

The Fantasticks. June 14, 16, 20, 22
The Mikado. June 15, 19, 21, 23
 

 June13SummerHolidayOTSL_picnic 
A picnic on the grounds of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
© Ken Howard 2013
 
MISSOURI   
spacer OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS
Loretto-Hilton Center for the Perf. Arts
314-961-0644;
 boxoffice@opera-stl.org
www.opera-stl.org
May 25–June 30
The festival presents the world premiere of trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard’s jazz opera about bisexual boxing champion Emile Griffith. Aubrey Allicock (see Sound Bites) and Arthur Woodley, respectively, play the young and old Emile Griffith; the production also features Denyce Graves, Meredith Arwady and Robert Orth under James Robinson’s direction; George Manahan conducts. A double bill of Il Tabarro and Pagliacci stars Kelly Kaduce as Nedda, Emily Pulley as Giorgetta, Robert Brubaker as Luigi/Canio and Matthew DiBattista as Tinka/Beppe; Ward Stare conducts, and Ron Daniels directs. Corinne Winters stars in Bedřich Smetana’s Kiss, alongside Elizabeth Batton, Emily Brown, Garrett Sorenson, Matthew Burns, Matthew Worth and Charles Owen. Michael Gieleta directs David Pountney’s English translation of the work. The Pirates of Penzance features Deanna Breiwick as Mabel, Maria Zifchak as Ruth, Bradley Smoak as the Pirate King, Matthew Plenk as Frederic, Hugh Russell as Major-General Stanley and Jason Eck as the Sergeant of Police. Ryan McAdams conducts the production; Seán Curran provides choreography and stage direction.
OPERA:
The Pirates of Penzance. May 25, 29, 31, June 6, 9, 12, 14, 22, 26, 29
Il Tabarro/Pagliacci. June 1, 5, 7, 13, 19, 23, 25, 29
Champion (Blanchard). June 15, 19, 21, 25, 27, 30 (world premiere)
The Kiss (Smetana). June 16, 20, 22, 26, 28

spacer UNION AVENUE OPERA
Union Avenue Christian Church, St. Louis
314-361-2881;
info@unionavenueopera.org
www.unionavenueopera.org
April 19–August 24
OPERA:
Madama Butterfly. July 12, 13, 19, 20
Die Walküre (Wagner/Dove). Aug. 16, 17, 23, 24 (abridged)

NEW HAMPSHIRE  

spacer OPERA NORTH
Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon
603-448-4141;
development@operanorth.org
www.operanorth.org
August 3–17
OPERA:

Lucia di Lammermoor. Aug. 6, 10, 14, 16
Little Women. Aug. 7, 11
MUSICAL THEATER:
South Pacific. Aug. 3, 8, 9, 15, 17
 
NEW JERSEY  
spacer OPERA NEW JERSEY
609-799-7700;
info@operanj.org
www.operanewjersey.org
The company, regrouping after the departure of its general director, Richard Russell, for Sarasota Opera, has announced summer plans to mount Die Zauberflöte and Rigoletto. Dates and venues were unavailable at press time.

spacer THE PRINCETON FESTIVAL
Various locations
609-759-0379;
info@princetonfestival.org
www.princetonfestival.org
June 8–30
Princeton celebrates the Wagner bicentennial with Der Fliegende Holländer. Mark Delavan is the woeful Dutchman, with Indra Thomas as Senta and Richard Bernstein as Daland.
OPERA:
Der Fliegende Holländer. June 22, 30
 

NEW MEXICO  

spacer SANTA FE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Various locations
(505) 982-1890; 
 toni@sfcmf.org
www.sfcmf.org
July 14–August 19
CONCERT:

Dichterliebe (Schumann). Matthew Worth. July 31, Aug. 1
Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen (Mahler)/Pierrot Lunaire (Schönberg). Worth, Lucy Shelton; chamber ensemble. Aug. 4, 5

spacer SANTA FE OPERA
Santa Fe Opera Theater
800-280-4654;
boxoffice@santafeopera.org
www.santafeopera.org
June 28–August 24
This summer’s season features the world premiere of Oscar, Theodore Morrison’s account of Oscar Wilde’s time in prison, with opera news cover subject David Daniels in the title role. (See "Wilde at Heart.") The opera chronicles Wilde’s trial and incarceration, along with his interactions with writers Ada Leverson (Heidi Stober) and Frank Harris (William Burden); Walt Whitman (Dwayne Croft) narrates from beyond the grave. Evan Rogister is the conductor; Kevin Newbury directs. Rossini’s Donna del Lago has its local premiere in a new production by Paul Curran starring Santa Fe favorite Joyce DiDonato. Marianna Pizzolato, Lawrence Brownlee, René Barbera and Wayne Tigges round out the cast, with Stephen Lord on the podium. Director Lee Blakeley stages a new production of Offenbach’s Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein as a vehicle for local gal Susan Graham. She’ll be joined by Anya Matanovič and Paul Appleby; Emmanuel Villaume conducts. This summer’s revivals are Le Nozze di Figaro and La Traviata. Jonathan Kent’s production of the Mozart masterpiece features Zachary Nelson (Figaro), Lisette Oropesa (Susanna), Susanna Phillips (Countess), Daniel Okulitch (Count), Emily Fons (Cherubino) and Susanne Mentzer (Marcellina) under the baton of John Nelson. Verdi’s tragedy, in Laurent Pelly’s production, stars Brenda Rae and Michael Fabiano, with Leo Hussain as conductor. Britten gets a nod on his centenary with a weekend of performances of Noye’s Fludde, held in O’Shaughnessy Hall on the festival grounds and cast (as the composer wished) with local amateurs.
OPERA:
La Grand-Duchesse de Gérolstein. June 28, July 3, 6, 12, 19, 30, Aug. 7, 15, 21, 24
Le Nozze di Figaro. June 29, July 5, 10, Aug. 3, 8, 13, 20, 23
La Donna del Lago. July 13, 17, 26, Aug. 1, 6, 14
La Traviata. July 20, 24, 29, Aug. 2, 5, 10, 16, 22
Oscar. July 27, 31, Aug. 9, 12, 17 (world premiere)
Noye’s Fludde. August 10, 11
RECITAL:
Christine Brewer. Aug. 4
 

NEW YORK  

 spacer BARD SUMMERSCAPE
Richard B. Fisher Center for the Perf. Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson
845-758-7900;
 bmf@bard.edu
www.fishercenter.bard.edu/summerscape
July 6–August 18
In a summer filled with Verdi, Britten, Wagner and Poulenc anniversaries, conductor Leon Botstein has found something else to celebrate — the centenary of the scandal surrounding the world premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. (The audience at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées rioted, in case you hadn’t heard.) Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra perform Rite of Spring on August 10 and, more broadly, devote the whole Summerscape festival to "Stravinsky and his World." The festival’s main opera offering is Sergey Taneyev’s Oresteia, which the composer completed in 1894. Thaddeus Strassberger directs the production; Botstein conducts the ASO. In concert, Botstein leads a double bill of Stravinsky’s "melodrama in three scenes" Perséphone and his opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex.
OPERA:
Oresteia (Taneyev). July 26, 28, 31, Aug. 2, 4
OPERA IN CONCERT:
Perséphone/Oedipus Rex (Stravinsky). Aug. 18
CONCERT:
American Symphony Orchestra, Botstein. Aug. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18

spacer CARAMOOR MUSIC FESTIVAL
Venetian Theater, Katonah
914-232-1252; 
 boxoffice@caramoor.org
www.caramoor.org
June 22–August 8
Bel canto scholar Will Crutchfield prepares a magnified look at the Verdi bicentennial, dubbing the 2013 Caramoor season "Verdi in Paris." Les Vêpres Siciliennes stars Angela Meade, John Osborne, Marco Nisticò and Burak Bilgili; Crutchfield conducts the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Conductor and orchestra return for a performance of Don Carlos, with Jennifer Larmore, Jennifer Check, Arnold Rutkowski, Stephen Powell and Christophoros Stamboglis. Meade gives a performance of Verdi’s "Ave Maria (Volgarizzata da Dante)" on June 27. Audra McDonald sings show tunes on August 3.
OPERA IN CONCERT:
Les Vêpres Siciliennes. July 6
Don Carlos. July 20
MUSICAL THEATER:
She Loves Me. June 22, 23
CHAMBER MUSIC:
Angela Meade, Bel Canto Young Artists; instrumentalists. June 27
RECITAL:
Audra McDonald. Aug. 3

spacer CHAUTAUQUA OPERA
Amphitheater; Norton Hall
716-357-6286; 
 info@chautopera.org
opera.ciweb.org
July 6–29
OPERA:
Peter Grimes. July 6
Falstaff. July 26, 29

spacer GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL
Alice Busch Opera Theater, Cooperstown
607-547-2255; 
 info@glimmerglass.org
www.glimmerglass.org
July 6–August 24
It’s not often that a Pulitzer Prize-winning work gets rewritten, but that’s the case at the 2013 Glimmerglass Festival. David Lang, who won the prize for his 2007 choral piece Little Match Girl Passion, has added a children’s chorus to the score. David Moody conducts festival artistic and general director Francesca Zambello’s production. Also on the bill is Pergolesi’s 1736 Stabat Mater, featuring Anthony Roth Costanzo and Nadine Sierra, led by director/choreographer Jessica Lang and conductor Speranza Scappucci. Jay Hunter Morris sings Erik in a new production of Der Fliegende Holländer, alongside Melody Moore as Senta, Ryan McKinny as the Dutchman and Peter Volpe as Daland. Zambello directs, and conductor John Keenan takes the helm. The festival follows with a new production of another legend, Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot. Nathan Gunn sings the role of Lancelot, David Pittsinger is King Arthur, and Andriana Chuchman sings Guenevere. James Lowe conducts; Gary Griffin directs. The festival mounts Verdi’s second opera and first comedy, King for a Day (Un Giorno di Regno — Philip Gossett's analysis, "Verdi Lite"), featuring a new production and a new English translation. Christian Räth directs Ginger Costa-Jackson, Jason Hardy and Andrew Wilkowske; Joseph Colaneri conducts. Other highlights include a concert by artists in residence Nathan Gunn and Julie Gunn; Eric Owens and Christine Goerke performing with the festival’s young artists; and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s return to the festival as a lecturer after a sold-out appearance in 2012.
OPERA:
Der Fliegende Holländer. July 6, 12, 14, 18, 27, 30, Aug. 4, 10, 12, 16, 20, 24
The Little Match Girl Passion (Lang)/Stabat Mater (Pergolesi). July 20, 23, 25, 29, Aug. 3, 9, 18, 22
King for a Day (Verdi). July 21, 26, Aug. 2, 6, 8, 10, 17, 19, 24
MUSICAL THEATER:
Camelot. July 13, 19, 22, 27, 28, Aug. 1, 3, 5, 11, 13, 15, 17, 23
CONCERT:
Eric Owens. Aug. 2
Young artists, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (speaker). Aug. 9
Christine Goerke. Aug. 11
Nathan Gunn. Aug. 18

spacer LINCOLN CENTER FESTIVAL
Various locations around New York
212-721-6500;
 customerservice@lincolncenter.org
www.lincolncenterfestival.org
July 6–28
Comprehensive as the programming is in New York City, year after year Lincoln Center Festival manages to find gaps. The cornerstone of the 2013 festival is Monkey: Journey to the West, which had its premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in 2007 and has since traveled to Manchester and Charleston, SC. The opera sets a sixteenth-century Chinese novel to music by composer Damon Albarn (also known as the front man for the British band Blur) and a staging by librettist/director Chen Shi-Zheng. Once in the East, the festival lingers for a while, presenting Toshio Hosokawa’s Matsukaze (Wind in the Pines). Shi-Zheng directs the production; John Kennedy conducts. The festival mounts the premiere of a revised version of Lera Auerbach’s 2001 The Blind, based on the Maeterlinck play about blind people on a deserted island. John La Bouchardière directs the production, which is coproduced by American Opera Projects. If your tastes run even more avant garde, look to Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Michaels Reise um die Erde (Michael’s Journey around the World), an excerpt from the German composer’s seven-opera cycle Licht. Other highlights include John Malkovich directing (not acting in) Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Sinéad O’Connor singing gospel, and tributes to John Zorn’s sixtieth birthday.
OPERA:
Monkey: Journey to the West (Albarn). July 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
The Blind (Auerbach). July 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Michaels Reise um die Erde (Stockhausen). July 18, 19, 20
Matsukaze (Hosokawa). July 18, 19, 20
CONCERT:
"Zorn@60" July 18, 20
Sinéad O’Connor. July 26, 27
 

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Charleston’s Dock Street Theatre, which hosts Matzukaze at Spoleto USA
© Julia Lynn 2013 
 


spacer MARTINA ARROYO FOUNDATION’SPRELUDE TO PERFORMANCE
Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College, New York
212-315-9190; 
 info@martinaarroyofdn.org
www.martinaarroyofdn.org
July 11–14
OPERA:
Les Contes d’Hoffmann. July 11, 13
L’Elisir d’Amore. July 12, 14
MASTER CLASS:
Eric Owens. June 12
Richard Leech. June 19
Tito Capobianco. June 28

spacer METROPOLITAN OPERA
Various locations
212-362-6000; 
 info@metopera.org
www.metopera.org
July 16–August 1 (NYC Summer Parks Series)
August 25–September 3 (Summer HD Festival)

Each summer, the Met trades its stage lighting for natural lighting as Met artists perform in parks throughout New York’s five boroughs. The Summer Recital Series begins with Isabel Leonard, Erin Morley and Stephen Costello performing at Central Park’s Summerstage (July 16) and again at Pier 1 of Brooklyn Bridge Park (July 19). Ying Fang, Mario Chang and Brandon Cedel continue the series at Crotona Park, Bronx (July 23), Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island (July 25), Jackie Robinson Park, Manhattan (July 30) and Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens (Aug. 1). Those craving opera proper before the Met season opens will welcome the return of the Summer HD Festival, which presents ten operas on ten consecutive evenings, beginning August 25. For a complete list of Summer HD Festival operas, visit www.operanews.com.

spacer MOSTLY MOZART
Various locations around New York
212-721-6500; 
 customerservice@lincolncenter.org
www.mostlymozart.org
July 27–August 24
After much acclaim in 2011, Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra return to Mostly Mozart to present Le Nozze di Figaro, featuring Miah Persson, Laura Tatulescu and Hanno Müller-Brachmann. The festival mounts its first-ever performance of Rossini’s Stabat Mater; Kyle Ketelsen sings with festival newcomers Gregory Kunde, Daniela Barcellona, Maria Agresta and conductor Gianandrea Noseda. Hot off its world premiere in Chicago in May, the festival hosts the New York premiere of David Lang’s Whisper Opera, performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble. (The ensemble sticks around to perform, in honor of its ten-year anniversary, ten new works by ten New York composers.) Other vocal repertoire includes Laurence Cummings leading an all-Handel program on August 22.
OPERA AND ORATORIO:
The Whisper Opera (Lang). Aug. 10, 11, 12, 13
Le Nozze di Figaro. Aug. 11, 13, 15 (semi-staged)
Stabat Mater (Rossini). Aug. 13, 14
CONCERT:
Renata Pokupic, Anna Stéphany; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Cummings. Aug. 22

spacer NICKEL CITY OPERA
Riviera Theatre, Buffalo
716-692-2413;
boxoffice@rivieratheatre.org
www.nickelcityopera.com
June 28–30
OPERA:
Don Pasquale. June 28, 29, 30

spacer OPERA SARATOGA
Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs
518-584-6018;
info@operasaratoga.org
www.operasaratoga.org
June 23–July 7
OPERA AND OPERETTA:

H.M.S. Pinafore. June 23, 25, 28, 30, July 1, 6
Lucia di Lammermoor. June 27, 29, July 2, 5, 7
 

OHIO  

spacer CINCINNATI OPERA
Music Hall; Corbett Theater, School for Creative and Performing Arts
513-241-2742;
 tickets@cincinnatiopera.org
www.cincinnatiopera.org
June 13–July 28
Cincinnati Opera inaugurates a new venue with a new production of Philip Glass’s 2002 Galileo Galilei. Ted Huffman directs the production, Kelly Kuo conducts the cast, which includes Richard Troxell, Andrew Garland and Alexandra Schoeny. The festival brings in one of the industry’s most coveted Aidas: Latonia Moore sings the role alongside Michelle DeYoung (Amneris), Antonello Palombi (Radamès), Gordon Hawkins (Amonasro) and Morris Robinson (Ramfis); Carlo Rizzi conducts, and Bliss Hebert directs. Lucas Meachem takes the title role in Don Giovanni. Angela Meade sings Donna Anna, Nicole Cabell sings Elvira, Alexandra Schoeny sings Zerlina, and Burak Bilgili sings Leporello. Roberto Minczuk conducts the performances; Tomer Zvulun directs. Der Rosenkavalier stars Ruxandra Donose as Octavian, Sarah Coburn as Sophie, Twlya Robinson as the Marschallin, Rúni Brattaberg as Ochs, Marco Panuccio as the Italian Singer and Hans-Joachim Ketelsen as Faninal.
OPERA:
Don Giovanni. June 13, 15
Der Rosenkavalier. June 27, 29
Galileo Galilei (Glass). July 11, 14, 17, 19, 21
Aida. July 18, 20, 26, 28m

spacer OHIO LIGHT OPERA
Freedlander Theatre, Wooster
330-263-2345;
 ohiolightopera@wooster.edu
www.ohiolightopera.org
June 15–August 10
OPERETTA AND MUSICAL THEATER:
The King and I. June 15, 19, 21, 22, 25, 28, July 6, 12, 18, 25, 30, Aug. 8
Silk Stockings. June 20, 22, 26, 29, July 13, 19, 27, Aug. 1, 9
H.M.S. Pinafore. June 27, 29, July 9, 12, 20, 26, Aug. 1, 10
The Gypsy Baron. July 2, 7, 11, 17, 23, 31, Aug. 2, 7
Lady Be Good. July 10, 13, 14, 19, 27, Aug. 2, 4, 9
The Gondoliers. July 16, 20, 21, 26, Aug. 3, 10
The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein. July 24, 28, Aug. 3, 6, 8

OREGON  

spacer OREGON BACH FESTIVAL
Various locations around Eugene, Ashland, Bend and Portland
800-457-1486; 
 bachfest@uoregon.edu
www.oregonbachfestival.com
June 24–July 14
This summer marks the end of an era: after more than four decades in charge, the festival’s founding artistic director, Helmuth Rilling, is stepping down. He is marking his valedictory summer with three of the most titanic works in the choral repertoire — Bach’s St. John Passion and B-Minor Mass, and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. He’ll also share the podium with his successor, Matthew Hall, in a "Passing of the Baton" concert featuring Mendelssohn’s Psalm 95. Vocal soloists include sopranos Tamara Wilson and Julia Wagner, alto Roxana Constantinescu, tenor Nicholas Phan and basses Tyler Duncan and Tobias Berndt. Wilson will also star in "A Night at the Opera," a concert honoring the year’s three big birthday celebrants, Verdi, Wagner and Britten.
ORATORIO:
Missa Solemnis. June 26
St. John Passion. July 10
Mass in B Minor. July 12, 14
CONCERT:
Elissa Johnston; Bach’s Circle. June 24, 25, 30
Wilson, Constantinescu, Phan, Duncan; members of the OBF Orchestra. July 1
Wilson, Constantinescu; OBF Orchestra, Hall. July 2
LECTURE/DEMONSTRATION:
Discovery Series: St. John Passion. July 1, 3, 5, 8
 
PENNSYLVANIA  

 

spacer OPERA THEATER SUMMERFEST
Fallingwater, Mill Run;
Twentieth Century Club, Oakland
412-326-9687; 
 info@otsummerfest.org
www.otsummerfest.org
June 7–July 21
OPERA:

"Shining Brow at Fallingwater." June 7, 8
The Tales of Hoffmann — Retold (Offenbach/Eaton). July 6, 13, 21
A Little Night Music. July 7, 11, 12, 20
Shining Brow (Hagen). July 11, 19
La Finta Giardiniera. July 14, 20
CHAMBER OPERA:
"Night Caps International." July 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21
 

SOUTH CAROLINA  

spacer SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA
Various locations, Charleston
843-722-2764; 
 info@spoletousa.org
www.spoletousa.org
May 24–June 9
Spoleto continues its tradition of exploring unusual operatic byways with the American premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s Matsukaze, a work inspired by Noh drama. The festival will also feature a double bill pairing two verismo rarities, Puccini’s Le Villi and Giordano’s Mese Mariano. Jennifer Rowley stars in both operas, and the Giordano piece features a rare appearance by veteran soprano Linda Roark-Strummer. A performance of the Verdi Requiem marks not only the composer’s bicentenary but Joseph Flummerfelt’s last concert as Spoleto’s artistic director for choral activities.
OPERA:
Matsukaze. May 24, 26, June 1, 4, 8
Le Villi/Mese Mariano. May 25, 27, 29, 31, June 2,
4, 7
ORATORIO:
Requiem (Verdi). June 6
RECITAL:
Jihee Kim, Thomas Meglioranza. June 5
 

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Inside the Ellen Eccles Theatre, home to Utah Festival Opera
courtesy Utah Festival
 

 

UTAH  

spacer UTAH FESTIVAL OPERA
Ellen Eccles Theatre, Logan
800-262-0074, ext. 3; 
 opera@ufomt.org
www.ufoc.org
July 10–August 10
OPERA:

Der Fliegende Holländer. July 10, 19, 25, Aug. 3, 9
Otello. July 12, 20, 26, Aug. 2, 10
MUSICAL THEATER:
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. July 11, 17, 19, 25, 27, Aug. 1, 8, 9
Fiddler on the Roof. July 13, 18, 20, 23, 26, 27, Aug. 2, 8, 10
CONCERT:
Tribute to Irving Berlin. July 18, Aug. 3
"Operafest." July 31
Missa Solemnis (Beethoven). Aug. 7
 

VERMONT  

spacer GREEN MOUNTAIN OPERA FESTIVAL
Barre Opera House and other venues, Mad River Valley
802-496-7722; 
info@greenmountainoperafestival.com
www.greenmountainoperafestival.com
May 28–June 23
OPERA:
Don Giovanni. June 21, 23
Albert Herring. June 20
CONCERT:
"Emerging Artists." May 31, June 9
Gala concert. June 14
"Opera Brunch." June 16
MASTER CLASS:
Joseph Lawson. May 28
Steven Blier. June 4
Antony Walker. June 11
 
spacer OPERA COMPANY OF MIDDLEBURY 

Town Hall Theater, Middlebury
802-382-9222;
 contactus@ocmvermont.org
www.ocmvermont.org
May 31–Aug. 31
OPERA:
Eugene Onegin. May 31, June 2, 6, 7, 8
RECITAL:
Yonghoon Lee, Stephanie Weiss, Bevin Hill, Branch Fields. Aug. 17
 

VIRGINIA  

spacer ASH LAWN OPERA FESTIVAL
Paramount Theater, Charlottesville
434-979-1333;
 info@ashlawnopera.org
www.ashlawnopera.org
July 12–August 11
OPERA:
La Bohème. July 12, 14, 17, 19
MUSICAL THEATER:
Carousel. Aug. 3, 5, 7, 9, 11

spacer CASTLETON FESTIVAL
Theatre House; Festival Theatre, Castleton Farms
866-974-0767; 
 boxoffice@castletonfestival.org
www.castletonfestival.org
July 3–28
Philip Kennicott tests the soil at the Castleton Festival in "The Arcadians."
OPERA AND MUSICAL THEATER:
La Fanciulla del West. July 6, 12, 21
La Voix Humaine (Cocteau)/La Voix Humaine (Poulenc). July 13, 20, 27
Otello. July 13, 19, 26, 28
CONCERT:
Symphony No. 4 (Mahler). July 7
Requiem (Lloyd Webber). July 20
Opera Scenes. July 27
"Salute to Britten and Tchaikovsky." July 27
RECITAL:
Mahler lieder. July 28

spacer WOLF TRAP OPERA COMPANY
The Barns at Wolf Trap; Filene Center, Vienna; Music Room, Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
877-965-3872;
 wolftrap@wolftrap.org
www.wolftrap.org/opera
June 21–August 17
Two new productions and a Jonathan Dove-abridged Falstaff headline the 2013 Wolf Trap Opera season. Soprano Corinne Winters, lauded as Violetta at English National Opera this winter, gives her first U.S. performances of the role. Benjamin Bliss sings Alfredo, Nicholas Pallesen sings Germont, Grant Gershon conducts the National Symphony Orchestra, and José Maria Condemi directs. David Gately directs a new Viaggio a Reims, with Andrea Carroll cast as Corinna, Ying Fang as the Contessa, Kiri Deonarine as Madame Cortese, Brenton Ryan as Belfiore, Juan José de Léon as Libenskof, Aaron Sorensen as Trombonok and Gary Thor Wedow on the podium. The festival mounts a Falstaff for reduced orchestra, arranged by Jonathan Dove, which stars Craig Colclough as Falstaff, Tracy Cox as Alice, Mireille Asselin as Nannetta and Suzanne Hendrix as Quickly; Dean Williamson conducts, and Tomer Zvulun directs. Steven Blier and Filene Young Artists present "Wonders to Wander To," songs by Bolcom, Coward, Porter and Schumann, on July 6 and 7. The NSO performs Carmina Burana on July 12.
OPERA:
Il Viaggio a Reims. June 21, 23, 29
La Traviata. July 19
Falstaff (Verdi/Dove). Aug. 9, 11, 14, 17
CONCERT:
Steven LaBrie, Ying Fang, Juan José de Léon; National Symphony Orchestra, Choral Arts Society of Washington, de Cou. July 12
RECITAL:
Mireille Asselin, Carolyn Sproule, Brenton Ryan, Craig Colclough; Blier (piano). July 6, 7
“Aria Jukebox.” July 14
Andrea Carroll, Maya Lahyani, Brenton Ryan, Steven LaBrie. July 25 (Washington D.C.)
 

WASHINGTON   

spacer SEATTLE OPERA
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
800-426-1619;
 tickets@seattleopera.org
www.seattleopera.org
August 4–25
Stephen Wadsworth’s Ring production returns for three full cycles in August, with Asher Fisch conducting. Alwyn Mellor is Brünnhilde and Stefan Vinke is Siegfried. They’ll be joined by Wagnerian notables Stephanie Blythe, Richard Paul Fink, Greer Grimsley, Stuart Skelton, Margaret Jane Wray, Dennis Petersen and Daniel Sumegi. The run will serve as a tribute to Speight Jenkins, scheduled to step down in 2014 as general director — a position he’s held for thirty years.
OPERA:
Das Rheingold. Aug. 4, 12, 20
Die Walküre. Aug. 5, 13, 21
Siegfried. Aug. 7, 15, 23
Götterdämmerung. Aug. 9, 17, 25
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