The Glimmerglass Festival, the summer opera and musical theater festival in Cooperstown, New York, has announced plans for a re-imagined live season of 90-minute performances, July 15 through August 17, 2021. Read more.
The Festival, which typically performs in its intimate, 915-seat theater, will bring its performances outdoors to a new stage built on the Festival grounds.
Festival Artistic & General Director Francesco Zambello announced, “While this move outdoors is primarily for the health and safety of our company members, audience members and community, it is in harmony with what people love about Glimmerglass — innovative art and performances in a beautiful location."
The 2021 season offers performances of new productions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Offenbach’s Songbird, and the world premiere of The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson, a new work about the founder of the National Negro Opera Company, the longest-running all-Black opera company in the United States. The season will also feature Gods and Mortals, an event featuring works of Wagner, and To the World, a concert of musical theater favorites.
Guest artists include Raehann Bryce-Davis, William Burden, Amanda Castro, Denyce Graves, Ian Koziara, Rochester-based tenor Gregory Kunde, Isabel Leonard, Latonia Moore, Eric Owens, Michael Mayes and Alexandria Shiner, many of whom have not had a chance to perform live since the beginning of the pandemic.
Learn more about the complete season and how to participate.