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Children’s Chorus Master Tracy Allen

Children’s Chorus Master Tracy Allen is as much a part of Glimmerglass’ past as she is a driving force of its future. Tracy’s relationship with the Festival began in 1986, a year before the opening of the Alice Busch Opera … Continue reading

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

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

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

The King Laughs

The operas of Giuseppe Verdi aren’t exactly known for high scores on the laugh-o-meter. Nearly everyone of his operas ends in at least one death, and the characters that do survive are left with more than a few emotional scars. … Continue reading

Verdi’s Contemporaries at the Keyboard

Giuseppe Verdi enjoyed one of the longest careers of any composer of the nineteenth century, lasting from the premiere of his Oberto in 1839 to his death in 1901. The length of his career made him a contemporary of nearly … Continue reading

From Lucia to Marian Paroo

Not-so-gently informed by my chorus teacher that Josh Groban is NOT an opera singer (how I would school my 14-year-old self now!), I’m on a mission to discover what real opera is. Despite my family’s proximity to New York City … Continue reading

Mezzo and Mentor

The rural hush of Cherry Valley has been displaced, not by summer storms, but by the thundering and formidable voice of mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick. An internationally renowned opera star and a dedicated pedagogue, Zajick is teaching a series of master … Continue reading

Eckstine by Owens

  On Friday, July 27, the majesty and grandeur of the Alice Busch Opera Theater was transformed by the intimacy and casual elegance of the music of Billy Eckstine, sung by 2012 Artist in Residence Eric Owens. Just hours before … Continue reading

Stars, Gold, and Tin: Unearthing Kurt Weill

For this summer’s production of Lost in the Stars at The Glimmerglass Festival, director Tazewell Thompson and conductor John DeMain are including two songs that were written and orchestrated by Kurt Weill but were cut before the piece opened on … Continue reading