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Stabat Mater: Countertenor Passions

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi never heard his masterpiece. It lived in his head, ideas germinating into complex dissonances, stories in rhythm, passages of coiled passion released into intense, personal reflection. At 26 years old, the composer died of tuberculosis, having just … Continue reading

Rules Made to be Broken

There is an old show business adage that says: “Never work with children or animals.” These performers are apt to behave unpredictably on the stage, and even if they perform to the “T,” they always steal the scene. For these … Continue reading

Free Time

Me: Hmm. What should I discuss in today’s blog post? I know! (calling off) Brother Maynard! Consult the book of armaments! (A man dressed in monk’s garb enters, carrying a sacred text.) B.M: (chanting) Pie iesu domine, dona eis requiem. … Continue reading

Who’s that Lady?

She bounds on stage, an untamable exuberance radiating from her eyes and into the audiences, gently demanding attention. Her fiancé proposes, and she leaps into his arms before running offstage to tell her girlfriends. In less than thirty seconds, soprano … Continue reading

From Van Halen to Verdi…and back again!

After The Flying Dutchman sailed forth to open our season last week, I heard more than one person remark “one down, three to go.” Hardly. Although the four mainstage shows are at the heart of the Glimmerglass Festival, there will also be … Continue reading

something to play with, for and against

With every new production, we create an entire world from scratch. The big picture–floors and ceiling, grass and sky–is often the first thing to grab an audience member’s attention when the curtain goes up, but without attention to detail, the … Continue reading

The Phantom in the Titles Booth

I am often mistaken for a computer. During nearly every performance at the Glimmerglass Festival, I sit high above the theater in the lighting booth, my eyes zooming between computer screen, music score, conductor’s hands and singers’ mouths, giving the … Continue reading

Inside the Passions

This summer, Glimmerglass presents a unique double-bill of old and new passions that call on the audience to take possession of and responsibility for the suffering of both big and small in the world. This poignant evening begins with Pergolesi’s … Continue reading

Food for Thought: Visual Art and Opera in Cooperstown

Come out to the Fenimore Art Museum on State Highway 80 Wednesday, August 7, from 12:30–2:30 p.m. to hear a moderated discussion between Francesca Zambello, Artistic and General Director of the Glimmerglass Festival, and Paul D’Ambrosio, President and CEO of the … Continue reading

Learning to Weld

Hello again, world. Guess who’s back with a brand new rap? Well, not me, I don’t rap. Ever. If you’ve been reading diligently, you’ll remember from a previous post, I said I did not know how to weld. Well, that … Continue reading