The Glimmerglass Festival has announced its programming for 2020.
The 2020 Glimmerglass Festival’s mainstage productions will include Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music,” Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” Wagner’s “Die Feen (The Fairies)” and Handel’s “Rinaldo.”
The festival will also feature the world premiere of the youth opera “The Jungle Book” by Kamala Sankaram and Kelley Rourke, and a new adaptation of Mozart’s “Così fan tutte.” “Così?” will be presented with piano accompaniment in the Pavilion.
The season will run July 11 through Aug. 25, 2020.
The 2020 Festival will open with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” in a new co-production with Houston Grand Opera, directed by Zambello, associate directed and choreographed by Eric Sean Fogel and conducted by Music Director Joseph Colaneri. Leonard and Burden will headline the production as Maria and Captain von Trapp. Leonard will make her Glimmerglass debut, and Burden will returns after serving as the 2017 Artist in Residence and appearing as Andrew Carnes in “Oklahoma!” The production will run July 11 to Aug. 25, 2020.
“Don Giovanni” will return to the Alice Busch Opera Theater in a new co-production with Seattle Opera, directed by Brenna Corner and conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya, Music Director of the Chicago Opera Theater. An alumna of Glimmerglass’ Young Artists Program, Corner’s was also the director of “Scalia/Ginsburg” and the youth operas, “The Odyssey” and “Noah’s Flood.” Shea serves as the artistic director of the Fraser Lyric Opera and the Manitoba Underground Opera in Winnipeg, Canada. Yankovskaya will make her Glimmerglass debut. The production will run July 17 to Aug. 24, 2020.
Louisa Proske will direct and Erina Yashima conduct a new production of Handel’s “Rinaldo.” Proske is a co-founding artistic director of Heartbeat Opera in New York City, and earned a 2018 Princess Grace Foundation Award. Yashima is an assistant conductor for the Philadelphia Orchestra. The production will run July 12 to Aug. 18, 2020.
Wagner’s rarely performed “Die Feen” will round out the season , directed by Zambello and conducted by Colaneri. The production will run July 16 to Aug. 21, 2020.
While audiences may be familiar with the story of an endangered human who seeks refuge with a pack of wolves, Sankaram and Rourke’s retelling of “The Jungle Book” casts a girl in the central role of Mowgli. “The Jungle Book” will feature the Glimmerglass Youth Chorus, joined by members of the company’s Young Artists Program.
For more information, visit www.glimmerglass.org.