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Summer Stages: Tanglewood, Festival of Festivals

The Berkshire Mountains provide an idyllic setting for the Boston Symphony's 2014 Tanglewood season with a number of exciting opera-themed concert evenings.

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).

The following Saturday, July 12, dynamic BSO Musical Director Andris Nelsons conducts excerpts from Richard Strauss's poignant Die Rosenkavalier with sopranos Sophie Bevan and Angela Denoke singing the roles of Sophie and the Marschallin, and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard singing Octavian.

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.

Tanglewood Festival Chorus and mezzo-soprano Elena Manistina are featured on Fri., August 15 at the Shed in a program including Prokofiev's monumental work Alexander Nevsky, with conductor Stéphane Denève.

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.

Opera aficionados will find much to love in this unique and unusual group of operatic favorites under the stars at the 'Festival of Festivals', Tanglewood, MA.

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