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August 11, 2013

Glimmerglass Festival hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony for new rehearsal hall

Staff Report
Cooperstown Crier

---- — The Glimmerglass Festival recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Sen. James L. Seward, R-Milford, to celebrate the opening of its new rehearsal hall, funded by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.

The new rehearsal space contains two approximately 60’ by 60’ rooms, which are acoustically separated so that two rehearsals may occur concurrently. According to a media release, the new building will provide a consistent space for rehearsals that is as large as the Alice Busch Opera Theater’s stage, where performances take place.

Until now, The Glimmerglass Festival has been rehearsing its four mainstage productions in community buildings throughout Cherry Valley, Cooperstown, Fly Creek, Oneonta, Sharon Springs, Springfield Center and Richfield Springs. This will continue for two of the company’s productions.

“We are extremely grateful to Sen. Seward and the State of New York for acknowledging the need for this space,” said Francesca Zambello, Glimmerglass Festival artistic and general director, in the release. “Glimmerglass is unique in that we offer our artists particularly lengthy rehearsal periods to provide the innovative and beautiful productions you see on our stage. With this new space, the company can enhance production standards.”

The idea for the project began in 2008 with a design study grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, and the company broke ground on the rehearsal hall last year at 4152 U.S. Highway 20 in Warren. The building is engineered by McManus Engineering Group LLC of Cooperstown and constructed by Beebe Construction Services Inc.

Beebe Construction Services worked with various local contractors, employing close to 50 people throughout the construction process.

The Glimmerglass Festival is a non-profit professional opera and musical theater company that sells more than 30,000 tickets to its mainstage productions each year. The company’s 2013 season is already underway, with productions of Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman;” Lerner and Loewe’s “Camelot;” Verdi’s “King for a Day” and “Passions,” a double bill of Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” and David Lang’s “the little match girl passion.”

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