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Throwback Sunday: Young Artists Sing Bel Canto

This Sunday, August 17, the 2014 Glimmerglass Young Artists, having spent the summer performing music from the last 100 years, will go back in time to the nineteenth century to perform music of the bel canto masters, Rossini, Donizetti and … Continue reading

B.F. and Billy: Bad Boys Redeemed

Madame Butterfly and Carousel both feature a Prince Less-than-Charming. For the creators, the male leads in the source material presented significant problems. Would Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton remain a one-dimensional representation of American imperialism? Would Billy Bigelow retain his cold shell, … Continue reading

Lights, Action, Ariadne!

In a barn in Naxos, New York, a prima donna sings the title role in a new opera seria, Ariadne. Rising from the bales of hay, Ariadne steps to the lip of the stage. With her arms flung wide in … Continue reading

A New York Tragedy: Part I

On July 11, 1906, the body of 20-year-old Grace Brown was dragged from the bottom of Big Moose Lake in Herkimer County, 100 miles and 100 years from the debut of the revised version of Tobias Picker and Gene Scheer’s … Continue reading

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