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May 1, 2014

Talking Opera adds outreach to Glimmerglass

The Glimmerglass Opera Guild will be offering a 13th season of Talking Opera, a free series of educational presentations presented annually by the guild, beginning May 12.

“The whole idea is reach out to the community,” said Abby Kreh Gibson, a member of the Glimmerglass Opera Guild Board, in speaking about Talking Opera.

The Glimmerglass Opera Guild is the volunteer arm of the Glimmerglass Festival, which has been bringing world-class opera to the Cooperstown area since 1975.

During its season, which this year runs from June 11 to Aug. 24, the festival employs about 350 people. This year, the Glimmerglass Festival will be putting on four main stage productions: “Madame Butterfly,” from July 11 to Aug. 23, “Carousel,” from July 12 to Aug. 23, “Ariadne of Naxos,” from July 19 to Aug. 23 and “An American Tragedy,” from July 20 to Aug. 24. 

Additionally, the festival will be offering a number of other programs, including a lecture on opera and the law by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a performance of “Madame Butterfly” by members of the Glimmerglass Festival’s Young Artists Program.

The Glimmerglass Opera Guild assists the festival in a number of ways. These include raising money for the festival, with a notable fundraiser being a summer gala and silent auction at the Otesaga Hotel and Resort, providing food for the cast and crew of the festival on changeover days, sponsoring at least one paid intern every summer, distributing the picnic baskets that ticket holders can order with their tickets and promoting the Young Artists Program’s performance. The guild also does outreach and education efforts with the community, of which Talking Opera is a prominent program.

“We’ve been doing the Talking Opera series for almost 15 years now,” said Mary Brodzinsky, chair of the education committee of the Glimmerglass Opera Guild.

The first program in this year’s Talking Opera series will be a talk by Richard Johnson, co-editor of the Guild newsletter and an expert on the American musical. He will give his thoughts on “Carousel,” and the contributions of its authors, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, to the American musical form.

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