The Glimmerglass Festival has announced its 2015 Festival, which will celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary.
The 2015 Festival will feature Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Giuseppe Verdi’s “Macbeth,” Antonio Vivaldi’s “Cato in Utica” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide.” The productions will run in repertory in the Alice Busch Opera Theater on Otsego Lake in Cooperstown July 10 through Aug. 23. These mainstage offerings will be complemented by lectures, concerts and other special events.
“A beautiful garden has both unity and variety,” Artistic and General Director Francesca Zambello said in a media release. “In planning our 40th anniversary season, I wanted to employ those same ideas. Our season will feature singular works from four centuries of operatic history, unified by strong musical values and intensely intimate theatrical experiences in the Alice Busch Opera Theater. Along with many important debuts, the season will see the return of some of our most beloved artists from past seasons.”
Acclaimed bass-baritone Eric Owens will return as artist in residence, performing his role debut as Macbeth. Owens will not only perform, but will work closely with members of the company’s Young Artists Program, the apprenticeship for performers and directors.
Owens earned critical acclaim for his performance as Stephen Kumalo in the 2012 Glimmerglass production of Kurt Weill’s “Lost in the Stars.”
The season will open with a new production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” last performed at Glimmerglass in 1992. A new adaptation of Mozart’s classic Enlightenment tale will take its inspiration from Native American folklore and the magical qualities of an unspoiled natural landscape.
The new production will be directed by Madeline Sayet in her company debut. A recipient of the White House Champion of Change Award for Native America, Sayet is the co-founder and artistic director of the Mad and Merry Theatre Company and resident artistic director at Amerinda.