Since the appointment of Artistic and General Director Francesca Zambello in 2010, The Glimmerglass Festival has grown the number of events presented during its summer season, with concerts, lectures, question-and-answer sessions and more supplementing its core calendar of four mainstage 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 Aug. 24, and many of the Festival’s complementary events will explore the music of the last century, including two new public master classes.
Soprano Jessye Norman will join the company for a public master class on Aug. 8, with members of the company’s Young Artists Program performing in the company’s Alice Busch Opera Theater. Opera and theater director Jonathan Miller will also work with members of the apprentice program in a public master class July 25.
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 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 Christine Goerke, whose recent performances at the Metropolitan Opera garnered high praise, will perform a concert Aug.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.”