Summer Stages: Tanglewood, Festival of Festivals
On Sat. July 5, opera superstar Renée Fleming officially opens the BSO season at the Tanglewood Shed with an all-American program of great works from the American concert hall and opera stage, along with musical theatre and pop favorites (Conductor to be announced).
A Sunday matinee is the choice for a July 27 program including three beloved Verdi selections: the Overture and perennially favorite Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from his early operaNabucco, and his ever-popular Act II Finale, with its familiar Triumphal March, from Aida.
Seiji Ozawa Concert Hall is the setting for the Thur., August 14 performance of Handel's rarely performed Greek-themed operaTeseo (Theseus) with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and soloists Amanda Forsythe, Amy Freston, Dominique Labelle, Céline Ricci, Robin Blaze, Drew Minter and Jeffrey Fields, all coordinated by conductor Nicholas McGegan.
Capping these operatic pleasures is a concert version of Leonard Bernstein's brilliant, witty musical satire Candide. Branwell Tovey conducts the Boston Symphony and Festival Chorus with a stellar ensemble of singers that includes legendary Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade.