Every summer, New Yorkers head up the Hudson River to Bard College and its annual festival at Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. This is the leafy domain of the unusual Leon Botstein, who is not only Bard’s president but music chief of the American Symphony Orchestra. You’d have to go to Europe for a comparable mix of smart talk, theater, cabaret, music, and rarely produced operas. Botstein spoke before heading off to rehearse the first professional US staging of Emmanuel Chabrier’s ‘‘Le Roi Malgre Lui’’ (“The King in Spite of Himself”).
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