King Arthur (Le roi Arthus) at Bard SummerScape

Opens July 25

Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater


Idealism, treachery, honor, and perfidy collide in this richly lyrical opera by French composer Ernest Chausson. This opulently scored work, which premiered in 1903, lays bare the tragedy of King Arthur’s betrayal at the hands of his queen Guinevere and his trusted knight Lancelot. Considered one of the finest examples of French romanticism, King Arthur (Le roi Arthus) was composer Chausson’s only opera—his own composing career was tragically cut short by his early death at age 44.

Performed by a stellar cast, helmed by baritone Norman Garrett and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, this production of King Arthur takes us to a world in the midst of upheaval where long-standing codes of honor and loyalty no longer hold sway.

Event Schedule
July 25 at 6:30 pm
July 28 at 2 pm
July 30 at 4 pm
August 1 at 2 pm

The July 25 and July 28 performances of King Arthur will be livestreamed. On the week of the performance—as well as one hour before start time—virtual livestream ticket holders will receive an email from Fisher Center Box Office which will include a private link to the livestream. For more information about livestreams–including viewing best practices–please visit our FAQs.
Livestream tickets: $10, purchase here. 


Opens July 25
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater


Ernest Chausson
American Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Leon Botstein
Directed by Louisa Proske