By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
June 29-July 19:This summer, the festival offers an unusually interesting rep, including Berg's Wozzeck, Tchaikovsky's Yevgeny Onegin, and Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri. The casts include several bright young talents from the Met, New York City Opera, and elsewhere, and a few sturdy veterans as well. Artistic director David Agler has also scheduled relevant films, lectures, and symposia.
June 29-July 17L'Italiana in Algeri
July 1-18Eugene Onegin
297 West Street, Lenox, Massachusetts, 617-266-1200, bso.org
June 24-August 31:James Taylor begins this Berkshire summer, and a jazz weekend ends it, but in between comes classical music history as told by the Boston Symphony Orchestra with guest conductors (some wonderful) and important soloists, lots of recitals by virtuosi, and classes and concerts by the brilliant students and faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center. Conductor Robert Spano runs this summer's contemporary-music festival (July 17-21), which features most prominently Gyorgy Ligeti, Jennifer Higdon, and George Benjamin, plus other composers famous and not (but might be). On August 10 and 11 comes a repeated double bill of new one-act operas, one about Lorca's last days, by Osvaldo Golijov, whose La Pasión Según San Marcos has been leaving trails of fire over the world, and the other by fellow TMC graduate Robert Zuidam, about the mad Spanish queen Juana la Loca, whom Menotti once musicalized for Beverly Sills. Dawn Upshaw heads the Golijov cast and Lucy Shelton the Zuidam, but all other participants are TMC talents.
'WASHINGTON SQUARE MUSIC FESTIVAL'
Washington Square Park, West 4th and MacDougal streets, 212-252-3621
July 8-29:On July 8, eight cellists with soprano Laila Maria Salins, Casals, and transcriptions from Brahms and Bach.
July 8 "8 Cellos"
July 15Giovanni Bottesini's Double Bass Quintet
July 22 Mozart's Requiem
July 29 Felix Swing Band