The Guild of Glimmerglass Festival’s Talking Opera programs will offer insights into the Glimmerglass Festival’s 2019 season. This is the 18th year that the Guild has offered this series, which is free and open to the public.

All programs will begin at 7 p.m. The May 31 program will take place in the auditorium of the Fenimore Art Museum at 5798 State Highway 80 outside Cooperstown. The reset will take place at Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall at 69 Fair St. in Cooperstown.

The schedule is as follows: 

Friday, May 31, Maestro Joseph Colaneri, music director of the Glimmerglass Festival and conductor of “La Traviata,” will share his thoughts about this opera and its heroine, Violetta Valery.

Wednesday, June 5, Guild member Richard Johnson will offer a presentation on the history of “Show Boat.” He will be joined by a member of the “Show Boat” staff who will offer a preview of the festival’s production.

Wednesday, June 12, Colaneri will discuss the second work he is conducting this season, “The Ghosts of Versailles.” Its composer, John Corigliano, is the festival’s artist in residence this summer.

Monday, June 17, “Noah’s Flood” conductor and former Young Artist Program participant, Aurelia Andrews will give a preview of this season’s Youth Opera. Allen Perriello, director of the Young Artists program, will discuss the festival’s selection and development of young artists.

Monday, June 24, In the final presentation, Tazewell Thompson, librettist and director of “Blue,” will share insights into the opera he wrote with composer Jeanine Tesori. The work will have its world premiere at Glimmerglass on July 14.

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