By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
July 23-August 17:The col-lege's first festival of this size incorporates and envelopes its annual two-weekend survey of a single composer's work and influences, this year Leos Janácek. The classical-music aspect of the festival features Janácek's seldom-heard opera Osud (Fate) in the new theater designed by Frank Gehry. Leon Botstein con-ducts, JoAnne Akaleitis directs, and Gehry designed the scenery, with the help of union member John Conklin. Performances are July 23 through August 2. There's an adaptation of Mozart's Don Giovanni called Don Juan in PragueJuly 30 through August 3. August 13 through 17, mostly at noon, brings a puppet-theater production of Janácek's opera The Cunning Little Vixen. And the August 8-10 and 15-17 weekends bring symposia, lectures, and music of Janácek, big and small, with a few other appropriate composers thrown in.
July 25Brooklyn Philharmonic with Lillias White
Alice Busch Opera Theater, 7300 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, New York, 607-547-2255, glimmerglass.org
July 3-August 26:The only staple is Mozart's miraculous but enigmatic Don Giovanni. The rarer birds are Handel's almost as miraculous and enigmatic Orlando, Offenbach's tuneful and sassy Bluebeard, and Robert Kurka's spicy and rambunctious The Good Soldier Schweik, whose New York City Opera premiere in the 1950s was a cause for celebration. Look forward particularly to stagings by Chas Rader-Shieber (Orlando) and Rhoda Levine (Schweik), and to such singers as Anthony Dean Griffey, Joyce Guyer, Phyllis Pancella, and Bejun Mehta.
July 3-August 26Don Giovanni
July 5-August 24Bluebeard
July 19-August 23Orlando
July 26-August 25The Good Soldier Schweik
July 8-27:The biggest part of the classical-music section of the festival is a three-week engagement of the Kirov Opera from St. Petersburg at the Met, which co-sponsors the visit. The Kirov's artistic chief Valery Gergiev and a couple of others conduct a rotating repertory of Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina, Tchaikovsky's Yevgeny Onegin, Rimsky-Korsakov's The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia(often dubbed the Russian Parsifal), Prokofiev's little known but audience-grabbing World War I saga Semyon Kotko (North American premiere), Verdi's Macbeth, and a single concert performance (July 15) of Anton Rubinstein's The Demon. On the afternoons and evenings of July 19 and 26, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents a Prokofiev survey, including all nine piano sonatas, in Tully Hall. Avant-garde composer Heiner Goebbels returns to the festival July 13 (LaGuardia Concert Hall) with his Eislermaterial, a tribute to Hanns Eisler. July 9 through 12 brings the first American performances of Salvatore Sciarrino's opera Macbeth, staged by the remarkable Achim Freyer at the John Jay College Theater. And on July 15 at the Juilliard School's Paul Hall, Joel Sachs conducts the New Juilliard Ensemble in a concert of other music by Sciarrino, that Sicilian conjurer of music that barely emerges from an auditory threshold to either tickle you or scare you.
July 8-26Kirov Opera
July 19 and 26 "Prokofiev Marathon"
July 13Eislermaterial: Ensemble Modern
July 9-12 Salvatore Sciarrino's Macbeth
July 15New Juilliard Ensemble
August 7"Chamber Music of the World: Vocal Ragas of India"
"Music of the Heart: Fado, Ladino & Beyond" with Antonio Vierira, the Gerard Edery Ensemble, George Mgrdichian, and Fantcha
August 12 "Chamber Music of the World": Ulali Native American Singers
August 13 "Chamber Music of the World": Ethel
August 17 "Chamber Music of the World": the Knights of the Many-Sided Table
'MET IN THE PARKS'
Various venues, 212-362-6000, metopera.org
June 10-21:The Met assigns several bright singers and its great orchestra to Puccini's Turandot and Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. It's free, unreserved. Bring picnics, comfortable things on which to park body parts, and significant others, including silenceable kids.
July 25-August 23:Among the highlights are mezzo Stephanie Blythe and pianist Lang Lang (July 29 and 30); baritone Simon Keenlyside with Trisha Brown's dancers in Schubert's Winterreise (July 29, 31, and August 2); mezzo Susan Graham (August 8 and 9); a full staging of Mozart's Il Re Pastore (August 12, 14, and 16) with a fine cast; and pianists Alicia de Larrocha (August 15 and 16), Peter Serkin (August 19 and 20), and Leif Ove Andsnes (August 21).
July 6-13:Roberto Minczuk conducts several staples with good soloists, a special case being the Brazilian flamenco singer Luciana Souza, who poured so much fire and ice into Osvaldo Golijov's La Pasión Según San Marcos last year. She here sings in Falla's El Amor Brujo.
July 6 Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island
July 7 Great Lawn, Central Park
July 8Prospect Park, Brooklyn
July 9 Cunningham Park, Queens
July 10Great Lawn, Central Park
July 12Heckscher State Park, Long Island
July 13Bronx (location tba)
'OPERA FESTIVAL OF NEW JERSEY'
McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, 91 University Place, Princeton, New Jersey, 866-OFNJ-TKT, operafest.org
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