Glimmerglass

Aug. 2 Glimmerglass: The Magic Flute

Sean Panikkar plays Prince Tamino in The 2015 Glimmerglass Festival production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute," sung in English (photo: Karli Cadel)

Glimmerglass’s ‘The Magic Flute’ a muddled journey with no clear sense of direction

Madeline Sayet, directing her first-ever opera production, misses a golden opportunity to take the celebrated singspiel in a daring new direction

By David Rubin

Mozart’s The Magic Flute is a major challenge for even experienced directors. While the music is sublime, the story is a puzzle that few have solved satisfactorily…

July 18 Glimmerglass: Cato in Utica

John Holiday as Caesar in The Glimmerglass Festival's 2015 production of Vivaldi's "Cato in Utica" (photo: Dory Schultz)

Glimmerglass Festival’s ‘Cato in Utica’ hails Caesar — and John Holiday’s magnificent countertenor

But the handsomely staged U.S. premiere of Vivaldi’s opera seria, though interesting, pales in comparison with Handel’s operas

By David Abrams

The Glimmerglass Festival presented the long awaited U.S. premier of Vivaldi’s “lost” opera Cato in Utica Saturday to an enthusiastic audience that left little doubt as to which singer was the most noble Roman of them all…

July 11 Glimmerglass: Macbeth

Eric Owens as Macbeth and Melody Moore as Lady Macbeth in The Glimmerglass Festival's 2015 production of "Macbeth" (photo: Karli Cadel)

Glimmerglass Festival’s ‘Macbeth’ a vocal triumph fit for a king

Eric Owens roars and Melody Moore soars in the company’s first-ever production of the Verdi masterpiece

By David Abrams

Shakespeare’s Macbeth may have murdered his way to the throne, but in the new Glimmerglass production of Verdi’s operatic adaptation of the tragedy Eric Owens appears to get there on the sheer power of his colossal bass-baritone…

July 28 Glimmerglass: Ariadne in Naxos

Glimmerglass’s ‘Ariadne in Naxos’ a powerful showcase for a powerhouse soprano

Christine Goerke raises the roof in this unforgettable aural experience

By David Rubin

Paradise, at least for lovers of Richard Strauss and the female voice, came to the Glimmerglass Festival this week with its production of Ariadne in Naxos.

In the title role, soprano Christine Goerke (the festival’s Artist in Residence this season) delivered a majestic performance that combined a resonant, rolling sound with incredible range, flexibility and control…

July 20 Glimmerglass: An American Tragedy

Glimmerglass’s ‘An American Tragedy’ an American triumph

The opera’s three major roles, all played by Glimmerglass Young Artists, reveal the depth of talent within the company’s apprenticeship program

By David Rubin

The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York continued its 2014 season of operas that highlight Men Behaving Badly (Very Badly)…

July 13 Glimmerglass: Madame Butterfly

Glimmerglass’s ‘Madame Butterfly’ finds harmony in the clashing of cultures

The two female leads dominate the singing in Francesca Zambello’s insightfully staged production

By David Abrams

Staging Puccini’s beloved Madame Butterfly has its challenges. The storyline unfolds slowly, at times painfully so, and there’s precious little onstage action to sustain interest throughout the three-act drama…

July 21 Glimmerglass: King for a Day

Glimmerglass’s rarely done ‘King for a Day’ a rare treat, well done

This zany production of Verdi’s only comic opera before ‘Falstaff’ keeps the singers in chaos and the audience in stitches

By David Rubin

The heroes of the Glimmerglass production of Verdi’s rare — really rare…

July 15 Glimmerglass: Aida

Glimmerglass’s provocative ‘Aida’ combines great singing, shocking images

No room for elephants or camels on Zambello’s daring geopolitical stage

By David Rubin

Francesca Zambello, the artistic and general director of the Glimmerglass Festival outside Cooperstown, New York, plants her artistic stake in the ground early in her provocative…