The Glimmerglass Festival

Photographer: George Mott/Glimmerglass Opera 2007; headshots courtesy of Glimmerglass Opera.
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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Drama, Music
Location of Festival Cooperstown, New York USA
Festival Contact Information

Glimmerglass Opera
Administrative Office
P. O. Box 191
7300 State Highway 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326 USA
Phone: (01) 607-547-5704
Fax: (01) 607-547-6030

Festival Description

The Glimmerglass Festival features mainstage productions that will run in rotation in the Alice Busch Opera Theater in Cooperstown, New York. The mainstage productions will be supplemented by special performances, concerts and lectures throughout the season. Tickets for the Festival can be purchased by calling (607) 547-2255 or visit for tickets and additional information.

Festival Dates July 11 - August 23, 2014
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Festival Story:

Established in 1975 and based in Cooperstown, New York, Glimmerglass Opera offers more than 40 performances of opera and works of music theater in repertory during July and August. Glimmerglass Opera came into being through the efforts of local Cooperstown residents—musicians, artists, educators, and amateur lovers of the art form—who hoped to bring opera to their community. As the founders wrote in the first season’s program, “Cooperstown was chosen because of its glorious natural beauty and its important place in the heritage of America. We believe strongly that a performing arts festival belongs here; that the area is right for it, and that it is right for the area.”


Festival Events:

Programming 2014:
  • “You can fill your day — or two or three days — with events dedicated to music and the arts,” Zambello said. “And then, I urge you to enjoy the untouched beauty of this area. Swim in the lake, hike in the local parks or check out the local farmers’ markets. This is truly a destination to be enjoyed.”
  • 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 August 24, and many of the Festival’s complementary events will explore the music of the last century, including two new public master classes.
  • Young Artists Program
    • Legendary soprano Jessye Norman will join the company for a public master class on August 8, with members of the company’s Young Artists Program performing in the company’s Alice Busch Opera Theater. Famed opera and theater director Jonathan Miller will also work with members of the apprentice program in a public master class July 25.
  • Performance and Commentary
    • 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 lively 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
    • 2014 Artist in Residence Christine Goerke, whose recent performances at the Metropolitan Opera garnered high praise, will perform a concert August 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.
  • Concert
    • Also on the calendar, members of the Young Artists Program will perform a concert of bel canto favorites August 17 in the Alice Busch Opera Theater. A testament to the opportunities offered by the training program, on August 3 Young Artists will perform the principal roles in a special performance of Madame Butterfly.
  • Lecture Series
    • ShowTalk is the company’s lecture series featuring discussions with eminent 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 August 2. Other topics include composer Kyle Gann on 100 years of music on August 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 August 16.
  • The Meet Me at the Pavilion series
    • The series continues 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 both guest performers and Young Artists in programs entitled “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.


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Practical Info:

  • Alice Busch Opera Theater
    7300 State Highway 80
    Cooperstown, New York 13326
  • Glimmerglass Opera Ticket Office
    18 Chestnut Street
    Cooperstown, NY 13326 USA
    Phone: (01) 607-547-2255
    Fax: (01) 607-547-1257


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