Gibson suggests perhaps starting with something a little lighter such as the musical “Camelot.”
This is a good show for a family to come, bring a picnic and ease into the opera scene, she said.
Guild members added that it is an excellent show to see because it promotes the Festival’s Young Artists Program, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. A special matinee is scheduled for Aug. 23. Tickets are greatly reduced to $25 for adults and $10 for those 18 and younger accompanied by an adult. Tickets for Gould members are further reduced to $20 and members may bring one guest at the reduced price.
Following the performance, the Guild will sponsor a “Meet the Artists” reception at the pavilion. Tickets for the reception are $10 for non-members and $5 for members. Members can bring one guest at the reduced price.
“The whole idea is to enhance the experience,” Gibson said. “I think we take great pride in the fact that whether you know nothing about opera or whether you are totally steeped in it like I am, that these programs will be meaningful to you no matter where you are coming from.”
The Guild has purchased recordings of this season’s Glimmerglass Festival productions. According to Guild members, the CDs have been carefully chosen to reflect what the company thinks are the best of the current recordings. The Guild board voted to donate the CDs to the permanent collection of the village library in Cooperstown. They will also be available through the interlibrary loan system.
The Guild has also been working with an ad hoc committee for more than a year designing its own website, which can be viewed at www.glimmerglassoperaguild.org.
The Glimmerglass Festival season will begin on July 6 and run through Aug. 24. This will mark Zambello’s third season with the not-for-profit corporation. She initiated the company’s Artist in Residence program and began to incorporate an American musical into each season.