Since the appointment of Artistic and General Director Francesca Zambello in 2010, The Glimmerglass Festival has grown the number of events presented during its summer season, with concerts, lectures, question-and-answer sessions and more supplementing its core calendar of four mainstage productions.
In 2014, the Central New York opera and musical theater festival will focus on the last 100 years of music, with new mainstage productions of Puccini’s "Madame Butterfly," Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "Carousel," Strauss’ "Ariadne in Naxos" and Tobias Picker’s "An American Tragedy." The productions will run in repertory July 11 through Aug. 24, and many of the Festival’s complementary events will explore the music of the last century, including two new public master classes.
Soprano Jessye Norman will join the company for a public master class on Aug. 8, with members of the company’s Young Artists Program performing in the company’s Alice Busch Opera Theater. Opera and theater director Jonathan Miller will also work with members of the apprentice program in a public master class July 25.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will return for her third appearance at The Glimmerglass Festival on July 19, when she will share her passion for opera and her unique perspective on law in the arts. The program will take place in the Alice Busch Opera Theater and will feature a balance of performance and commentary, with members of the Young Artists Program enacting selected scenes that deal with law and justice.
2014 Artist in Residence Christine Goerke, whose recent performances at the Metropolitan Opera garnered high praise, will perform a concert Aug.15, returning to perform on the same stage where she began her career as a Young Artist more than 20 years ago. As Artist in Residence, Goerke will work with members of the Young Artists Program throughout the summer in addition to performing the title role in "Ariadne in Naxos."
Also on the calendar, members of the Young Artists Program will perform a concert of bel canto favorites Aug. 17 in the Alice Busch Opera Theater. On Aug. 3 Young Artists will perform the principal roles in a special performance of "Madame Butterfly."
ShowTalk is the company’s lecture series featuring discussions with scholars and artists paired with live performances by members of the Young Artists Program. These events will take place at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown. As the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates its 75th anniversary, the company will partner with the Hall of Fame to explore the parallels of opera and baseball with a discussion by Emmy Award-winning Mark Schubin on Aug. 2. Other topics include composer Kyle Gann on 100 years of music on Aug. 9 alongside a discussion on "Crime & Punishment, Politics & Class in 'An American Tragedy,'" as well as music director Joseph Colaneri on Puccini and John Julius Norwich on "Ariadne in Naxos" on Aug. 16.
The Meet Me at the Pavilion series will continue in 2014. With ticket prices ranging from $10 to $20, these brief cabaret-style performances occur throughout the summer in an intimate venue next to the mainstage and feature guest performers and Young Artists in programs titled “Gent’s Night Out,” “Ladies’ Night Out,” “100 Years of Music” and “75 Years of the Baseball Hall of Fame.” Free opportunities also abound with pre-show previews, backstage tours, question-and-answer sessions with the cast and the opportunity to watch changeovers, when the production crew changes the scenery from one show to the next.
The Festival will continue to collaborate with Fenimore Art Museum and historic Hyde Hall. More information will be announced in the coming months.
New subscriptions are on sale, and single tickets go on sale Jan. 27. Tickets to events are available to subscribers by calling the Box Office. For ticket prices and more information, call the Box Office at (607) 547-2255 or visit www.glimmerglass.org.