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A roundup of this year’s best U.S. Summer festivals.
By Eloise Giegerich 

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Vail’s Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
© Zach Mahone

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BRAVO! VAIL VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL
COLORADO
(Jun. 20–Aug. 4)
Head west for Vail’s first staged opera, a new Tosca production by James Alexander. Yannick Nézet-Séguin paces the Philadelphia Orchestra and the cast, which stars Julianna Di Giacomo, Yusif Eyvazov and Elchin Azizov.
bravovail.org 

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH  

ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL  
COLORADO
(Jun. 27–Aug. 18)
Mary Duncan Steidl directs a concert performance of Missy Mazzoli’s Proving Up. Plus, Renée Fleming gives a master class and a recital, with the Emerson String Quartet.
aspenmusicfestival.com 

CENTRAL CITY OPERA 
COLORADO
(Jul. 6–Aug. 6)
Billy Budd has its Colorado premiere in a staging by Ken Cazan. For a classic, try Butterfly; for something rare, a double bill of Debussy’s Damoiselle Élue and Poulenc’s Litanies à la Vierge Noire.
centralcityopera.org 

CRESTED BUTTE MUSIC FESTIVAL
COLORADO 
(Jul. 1–31) 
Two chamber operas arrive: Philip Glass’s Photographer, to be presented opening night, and Ricky Ian Gordon’s Green Sneakers.
crestedbuttemusicfestival.org 

UTAH FESTIVAL OPERA & MUSICAL THEATRE
UTAH
(Jun. 22–Aug. 3)
Get your musical-theater and opera fix with Mary Poppins and Newsies, as well as West Side Story, in a Jerome Robbins revival, and The Marriage of Figaro. Plus, two opera-themed plays—Master Class, by Terrence McNally, and Bravo, Caruso! by William Luce.
utahfestival.org 

GRAND TETON MUSIC FESTIVAL
WYOMING
(Jul. 3–Aug. 17) 
For its 2019 Fundraising Gala, the Grand Teton Music Festival presents Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, as well as selections from The Barber of Seville, all paced by Donald Runnicles.
gtmf.org 

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Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra at Vail
© Zach Mahone
 
NY STATE
of Mind.
 
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Behind the scenes set preparations for Glimmerglass’s Ghosts
© Abby Rodd
 

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GLIMMERGLASS 
(Jul. 6–Aug. 24)

Don’t miss Jay Lesenger’s new production of The Ghosts of Versailles, coproduced with Château de Versailles itself! Plus, Francesca Zambello directs Show Boat and La Traviata, and Blue has its world premiere (see "Portrait in Blue" for more). 
glimmerglass.org 


CARAMOOR
(Jun. 15–Jul. 28)
Vivica Genaux sings a program of Corelli, Handel, Vivaldi and more. Plus, don’t miss Veils for Desire, created by American Modern Opera Company members.
caramoor.org 


TEATRO NUOVO’S BEL CANTO FESTIVAL
(Jun. 9–Jul. 18)
For a dose of bel canto, head to Teatro Nuovo for La Straniera, La Gazza Ladra and concert performances of Stabat Mater and Donizetti’s Symphony in E Minor. Plus, bass-baritone Daniel Mobbs gives a concert.
teatronuovo.org 


BARD SUMMERSCAPE
(Jun. 29–Aug. 18)
Christian Räth makes his Summerscape debut directing the U.S. premiere of Korngold’s Wunder der Heliane. Leon Botstein paces the cast, which includes Aušrinė Stundytė, Daniel Brenna and Alfred Walker.
fishercenter.bard.edu/summerscape
 



AMERICAN STANDARDS 

OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS
MISSOURI
(May 25–Jun. 30)
Catch classics such as Rigoletto and Figaro, plus the world premiere of Fire Shut Up in My Bones, by Terence Blanchard and Kasi Lemmons, starring Julia Bullock and Davóne Tines.
opera-stl.org 

SANTA FE OPERA
NEW MEXICO
(Jun. 28–Aug. 24)
R. B. Schlather directs a new Così, and Renée Fleming makes her house debut. Don’t miss the world premiere of Poul Ruders’s Thirteenth Child, directed by Darko Tresnjak.
santafeopera.org 

WOLF TRAP
VIRGINIA
(Jun. 1–Aug. 9)
Lawrence Brownlee returns as Artist in Residence; operas include a double bill of Gluck’s Île de Merlin and Ullmann’s Kaiser von Atlantis; plus staged concerts of L’Heure Espagnole and Porgy and Bess.
wolftrap.org 

SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA
SOUTH CAROLINA
(May 24—Jun. 9)
Directing team Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser stage Salome.
spoletousa.org 

BREVARD MUSIC CENTER
NORTH CAROLINA
(Jun. 20—Aug. 4)
Head to the Blue Ridge Mountains for stagings of Roméo et Juliette, Susannah and Die Fledermaus.
brevardmusic.org 

COLLEGE LIGHT OPERA COMPANY
MASSACHUSETTS
(Jun. 25–Aug. 24)
Enjoy some musical-theater classics, as well as the rarely performed Knickerbocker Holiday, which closes out the summer season in a staging by director Bryce Pinkham.
collegelightoperacompany.com
 

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Tanglewood debuts for Pappano and DiDonato
© Simon Jay Price/Bridgeman Images
 

YANKEE DOODLE DANDIES 

OPERA MAINE
MAINE
(Jul. 24–26)
Celebrate Opera Maine’s 25th anniversary with The Magic Flute, the first-ever production of the Mozart opera at the company.
operamaine.com 

OPERA NORTH
NEW HAMPSHIRE
(Jul. 12–Aug. 10)
In the mood for comedy and drama? Head to Opera North for The Pirates of Penzance and Macbeth.
operanorth.org 

TANGLEWOOD
MASSACHUSETTS
(Jun. 15–Aug. 31)
Catch Christine Goerke and Amber Wagner in Die Walküre; plus the Berkshires debuts of Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano.
bso.org 

Smack dab in the   

MIDDLE.  
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Set design by Ryan Howell for Cincinnati Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos
Set design by Ryan Howell/Courtesy Cincinnati Opera

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DES MOINES METRO OPERA 
IOWA
(Jun. 28–Jul. 21)
Three diverse operas are on offer—Wozzeck, Candide and an audience favorite, La Bohème, directed by Octavio Cardenas. 
desmoinesmetroopera.org 

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RAVINIA FESTIVAL
ILLINOIS
(Ongoing) 
Renée Fleming tours with the Emerson String Quartet; Matthew Polenzani and Angel Blue give master classes and concerts; plus a staged Candide.
ravinia.org 

OPERA IN THE OZARKS AT INSPIRATION POINT
ARKANSAS
(Jun. 21–Jul. 19)
“Changes of Heart” is this year’s festival theme, with Abduction from the Seraglio, Bohème and Little Women.
opera.org 

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CINCINNATI OPERA
OHIO
(Jun. 13–Jul. 28)
Don’t miss the world premiere of Blind Injustice and a new production of Ariadne auf Naxos by Omer Ben Seadia.
cincinnatiopera.org 

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PITTSBURGH FESTIVAL OPERA
PENNSYLVANIA
(Jul. 12–28)
In the neighborhood: two operas by Fred Rogers, better known   as Mister Rogers, arrive at Pittsburgh.
pittsburghfestivalopera.org 

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WE LOVE YOU, MISS HANNIGAN
OJAI
CALIFORNIA
(Jun. 6–9)
Festival music director Barbara Hannigan gives a series of talks, paces The Rake’s Progress and performs Debussy, Ravel and more!
ojaifestival.org 
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A PREMIERE EDUCATION
MEROLA
CALIFORNIA
(Jul. 11–August 17)
Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s If I Were You has its world premiere, directed by Keturah Stickann.
merola.org 
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© Becca Fay
AT THE HEAD OF THE CLASS
MUSIC ACADEMY OF THE WEST
CALIFORNIA
(Jul. 17–August 10)
Catch the West Coast premiere of Cold Mountain. Plus, Isabel Leonard offers a recital and a public master class.
musicacademy.org 


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