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What I’m Reading: American Popular Song

Not too many people know the name Alec Wilder today. Even in his own time, the eccentric, itinerant, self-educated scholar of American song (among other subjects) never quite caught on in the popular imagination. Perhaps he was too difficult to … Continue reading

interesting article

The Met seems to be attracting its share of controversy these days, first for opening with a non-traditional Tosca and more recently for the version in which it presented The Tales of Hoffmann. I didn’t see either production, so I’m … Continue reading

Copland on my mind

Our 2010 Festival will include performances of Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land, and I’ve spent much of the fall happily immersed in all things Copland. The Brooklyn-born composer was born in 1900 and lived until 1990. His life spanned nearly … Continue reading

Care and Feeding of Artists

During the festival season, our company swells to more than 300 people–orchestra members, box office staff, groundskeepers, stagehands and more. One of the many responsibilities of the Artistic Operations staff is to make sure performers feel at home. It’s a … Continue reading

All’s Fair in Love and Art

“For each of us, our job is to try to make sure our show is the best one of the season. We’re pretty competitive personalities.” Yesterday a group from Oneonta’s Center for Continued Adult Learning met with Production Stage Manager … Continue reading

High-Stakes Comedy

Yesterday, the Cenerentola team moved into the theater for their first rehearsals onstage. Since we’re preparing to open three operas and a dramatized concert within the space of just a few weeks, we’re  holding concurrent rehearsals in venues all over … Continue reading

Creating a World Onstage: Details, Details

Whether this season’s singers are performing their roles for the first time or the fifteenth, they’ve spent a lot of time studying them—before even arriving in Cooperstown. The same goes for the directors and designers, who have been planning the … Continue reading

Dick Cavett on Jonathan Miller

Two decades after his Glimmerglass debut, Jonathan Miller returns to Cooperstown to direct a new production of Verdi’s La Traviata. In a recent piece for the New York Times, Dick Cavett offers an appreciation of Dr. Miller–an extraordinary director, scholar … Continue reading

New Beginnings

This week, artists for La Traviata and La Cenerentola arrived in Cooperstown and began rehearsals. Although preparations for the 2009 Festival began over a year ago, the first day of rehearsal feels like the real beginning for many of us. … Continue reading