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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

from UN GIORNO DI REGNO to KING FOR A DAY

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

Festival of the American Romantics kicks off May 19!

Sunday, May 19, marks the opening of The Festival of American Romantics, a collaboration between historic Hyde Hall, the Fenimore Art Museum, and The Glimmerglass Festival, a shared exhibition of period art, literature and music that explores the ideals of … Continue reading

Saturday ShowTalk: Egyptian Tombs and a Radio Play

At this point, I’m not spilling any secrets when I write that our 2012 AIDA production has neither pachyderms nor pyramids. I don’t much mind that these expected elements don’t appear onstage: I know I can enjoy Elizabeth Schoonmaker’s spectacular … Continue reading

another op’nin’, another show

Eight hours until the curtain goes up on The Music Man. In the still-dark theater, you can just make out the outlines of Jim Noone’s beautiful, painterly set. Marian and Harold and the rest of the cast are resting quietly … Continue reading

Operatic Potential in South Africa

We are looking forward to bringing LOST IN THE STARS, a collaboration with Cape Town Opera, to Glimmerglass in just a few short months. Meanwhile, enjoy this piece about operatic potential in South Africa!

What are you doing this weekend?

I’ll be attending this cool-sounding workshop on Persian Miniatures & Calligraphy at the West Kortright Centre (Oneonta). Gerard Gauci’s dazzling designs for next summer’s Armide are actually inspired by Persian miniatures, so I’m excited to have a hands-on opportunity to … Continue reading

ShowTalk: Spotlight on Medea

The artists on the stage of the Alice Busch Opera Theater get the lion’s share of attention each summer, but some of the most distinguished guests of our 2011 festival appear in more intimate venues. Our “ShowTalk” series gives a … Continue reading

Glimmerglass Orchestra at the Pierstown Grange

On August 15 at 7:30 p.m., members of the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra will present the 10th annual Florence High Memorial Concert at the Pierstown Grange. The National Grange, formed in the years following the American Civil War, is the nation’s … Continue reading