Culture Magazine

2011 Glimmerglass Festival Preview

By Superconductor @ppelkonen

2011 Glimmerglass Festival Preview

Deborah Voigt locks and loads.
Photo © Glimmerglass Festival

Upstate New York's finest opera company opens its doors (and rolls back its walls) on July 2 for a summer season that runs through August 23. Located in historic Cooperstown, New York, Glimmerglass presents a mix of classic operas, new music, rarities, and the occasional musical. Here's what's on tap for this summer.'
Schedule Note: Cooperstown is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Opera-goers are advised to avoid July 22-25--it's almost impossible to get a hotel room.
All operas are presented at the Alice Busch Opera House, at the picturesque north end of Lake Otsego in Cooperstown.
Carmen by George Bizet
The season opens and closes with this perennial favorite: the story of a Gypsy cigarette roller who winds up on the wrong side of the law, and in a doomed relationship with the soldier Don José. And you thought smoking would kill you.
July 2, 9, 11m, 15, 19, 23, 25m 31m
Aug. 5, 8m, 11, 13m, 20, 23m
Medea by Luigi Cherubini
Alexandra Deshorties sings the title role as the spurned Greek princess who lends new meaning to the term "hellish vengeance." Jason Collins sings the role of Jason (fittingly enough), the captain of the Argonauts who draws her wrath.
July 8, 10m, 23m, 28, 30m. Aug. 1m, 6, 14m, 16m
A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck by Jeanine Tesori
Later That Same Evening by John Musto
A double bill of new one-act operas. Blizzard, with a libretto by Tony Kushner (Angels in America) is based on an incident from the life of Eugene O'Neill. Evening (with book by Mark Campbell) draws its inspiration from the paintings of Edward Hopper.
July 21, 26m, 29; Aug. 7m, 13, 22m
Annie Get Your Gun by Irving Berlin
Deborah Voigt trades her Valkyrie wings for a Stetson and a six-shooter. The diva takes aim as Annie Oakley in Irving Berlin's beloved musical. Rodney Gilfrey is Frank Butler, but anything he can do, she can do better.
July 16, 18m, 22, 24m, 30
Aug. 2m, 4, 6m, 9m, 12, 15m, 18
m=matinee performance starting at 1:30pm.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Metropolitan Opera Preview: Siegfried

    Metropolitan Opera Preview: Siegfried

    Part III of the new Ring Cycle, directed by Robert Lepage Let's hear it for the boy: Gary Lehman as Siegfried. Photo by Brigitte Lacombe © 2011 The... Read more

    By  Superconductor
    CULTURE, THEATRE & OPERA
  • Metropolitan Opera Preview: Satyagraha

    Metropolitan Opera Preview: Satyagraha

    Philip Glass' opera retells the life of Gandhi...in Sanskrit. Soul man: Richard Croft as Mahatma Gandhi in Satyagraha. Photo by Ken Howard © 2008 The... Read more

    By  Superconductor
    CULTURE, THEATRE & OPERA
  • Metropolitan Opera Preview: Faust

    Metropolitan Opera Preview: Faust

    New "atomic age" staging co-produced with ENO. Damned sexy: Jonas Kaufmann as Faust. Photo by Nick Heavican © 2011 The Metropolitan Opera. Read more

    By  Superconductor
    CULTURE, THEATRE & OPERA
  • Metropolian Opera Preview: Rodelinda

    Metropolian Opera Preview: Rodelinda

    Renée Fleming returns to the Met as Handel's sixth-century queen. Renée Fleming in the title role of Rodelinda. Photo by Ken Howard © 2004 The Metropolitan... Read more

    By  Superconductor
    CULTURE, THEATRE & OPERA
  • Metropolitan Opera Preview: Götterdämmerung

    Metropolitan Opera Preview: Götterdämmerung

    Boy leaves girl. Boy forgets girl. Girl gets boy killed. World ends. Torch song tetralogy: Deborah Voigt as Brunnhilde in Götterdämmerung. Photo by Brigitte... Read more

    By  Superconductor
    CULTURE, THEATRE & OPERA
  • Metropolitan Opera Preview: Tosca

    Metropolitan Opera Preview: Tosca

    The Met's unloved 2009 staging (by Luc Bondy) returns. The set for Act I of Tosca. That's supposed to be a church in Rome, Italy. Photo by Ken Howard © 2009... Read more

    By  Superconductor
    CULTURE, THEATRE & OPERA
  • Metropolitan Opera Preview: Khovanshchina

    Metropolitan Opera Preview: Khovanshchina

    A rare revival of Mussorgsky's grim historical drama. The great bass Fyodor Chaliapin as Dosifey, a role he owned in the early 20th century. Photo from Wikimedi... Read more

    By  Superconductor
    CULTURE, THEATRE & OPERA