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Throwback Thursday

Literary Voices of Candide

Some of the great writers of the 20th century contributed to Leonard Bernstein’s musical version of Voltaire’s Candide, including Lillian Hellman, Richard Wilbur, John LaTouche, Dorothy Parker, Stephen Sondheim and Bernstein himself. This Saturday, join us at 4:30 in the Pavilion for a … Continue reading

Looking Back with Paul Kellogg #40to40

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Paul Kellogg, who led Glimmerglass for nearly three decades. Paul moved to Cooperstown in 1975, the year the company staged its first performances in a local high school, and volunteered to … Continue reading

Looking back to 1995 #40to40

  Once in a while the odd thing happens. Once in a while the dream comes true and the whole pattern of life is altered. Once in a while the moon turns blue.  ….and once in a while the sky … Continue reading

Spooky Shakespeare

“…bear in mind that there are three roles in [Macbeth] and three is all there can be: Lady Macbeth, Macbeth and the chorus of witches.”   (Giuseppe Verdi) The “weird sisters” who manipulate Macbeth to perform unspeakable deeds are but … Continue reading

Faith and the Flute

When we gather in the theater, we enact a ritual, we share stories, and we build community. The Glimmerglass production of The Magic Flute, which offers a Native perspective on a classic tale of enlightenment, offers a rich platform for us … Continue reading

ODYSSEY: What a trip!

This summer, the Glimmerglass Festival will premiere a new opera based on Homer’s Odyssey. Our hour-long romp, with music by Ben Moore and libretto by yours truly, features the Glimmerglass Children’s Chorus alongside members of our Young Artists Program. For young … Continue reading

“Great Latitude of Mind”

Madeline Sayet will direct a new production of The Magic Flute that takes its inspiration from the natural world and the varied ways humans have interacted with it. In a recent conversation, she reflected on how her background and experiences … 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


You’re about two-thirds of the way through the Sunday crossword, feeling pretty good about yourself, when you realize that an 11-letter-word, already anchoring seven other words, which in turn attach to other “solutions,” is a mistake. Time to get out … Continue reading