Glimmerglass will welcome back costume designer Jessica Jahn, who worked on the company’s 2009 production of “La Cenerentola.” Mark McCullough will design lighting; he made his company debut in 1995 and has designed more than 10 Glimmerglass productions, as well as many productions for opera and theater companies around the world.
“Ariadne in Naxos” was last performed at Glimmerglass in 1994. This opera within an opera features both lighthearted comedy and heroic grand opera, as two different performing troupes compete for the attention of a wealthy patron.
The opera will be conducted by Kathleen Kelly, who worked with the company’s Young Artists Program in 2001. Former Head of Music Staff at Vienna State and Houston Grand operas, Kelly has served as assistant conductor at Metropolitan, San Francisco and Seattle operas. Zambello will direct. Troy Hourie will design sets for the production. Award-winning fashion designer Bibhu Mohapatra, whose designs were seen in Glimmerglass’ 2012 production of “Aida,” will return to design costumes. Mohapatra’s designs have been worn by Michelle Obama, Gwyneth Paltrow and Glenn Close, to name a few. Mark McCullough will design lighting.
2014 Artist in Residence Christine Goerke will sing the role of the grieving Ariadne, and Rachele Gilmore will sing the role of the charming and intriguing Zerbinetta. A former Glimmerglass Young Artist, Gilmore made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2009 as Olympia in “The Tales of Hoffmann,” went on to her La Scala debut in the same role, and has performed with Portland Opera, Florida Grand Opera and Opera Philadelphia, among others. The trouser role of the idealist Composer will be sung by 2012 Young Artist Catherine Martin, who has performed with Houston Grand Opera, Wolf Trap Opera Company and more. Corey Bix, another former Glimmerglass Young Artist, returns for the role of Bacchus, Ariadne’s love interest. Bix recently performed the role of Erik in Los Angeles Opera’s “The Flying Dutchman.”