The Siege of Calais – And Home

Below is an excerpt of an article written by Francesca Zambello that appeared in The Glimmerglass Festival’s newsletter, Fanfare, which is published twice annually as a benefit for National Council members, Camerata members and members of the Glimmerglass Festival Guild. … Continue reading

Building a homeland

We have begun building the set for our 2017 production of Oklahoma! It is designed by Eugene Lee of Saturday Night Live fame — he’s their production designer; he has also won three Tony Awards (for Candide, Sweeney Todd and … Continue reading

The Crucible: Time Travel

It’s impossible to put on an operatic version of The Crucible and not directly compare it to Arthur Miller’s timeless play. Directing this opera for the first time raises many questions for me. I love everything Arthur Miller ever wrote … Continue reading

“More Pies! More Hot Pies!”

When Sweeney Todd is falsely convicted of a crime, he is shipped to a distant penal colony in Australia. (If you have never read The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes I strongly suggest it; but I digress.) I remember eating … Continue reading

2015 Festival Reading

  THE STORIES Four of the operas presented by Glimmerglass this summer are based on works in the public domain. Readers can choose from a variety of editions and translations, both print and online, for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Voltaire’s Candide, and Homer’s The Odyssey.  … Continue reading

DETOUR…For a good cause

GREETINGS FROM “THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD” I often think of Glimmerglass as the little engine in the classic children’s book, in our case, driven by a dream and powered by dedication, passion and generosity to achieve the unexpected. Like … Continue reading

Notes From Francesca

Glimmerglass is on the road again…but…not me In my last Traveling iPad (if you haven’t been receiving them, sign up here), I told you about my life on the “Acela/Amtrak Express Lane” — dashing to and fro between DC, NYC … Continue reading

Notes From Francesca

Upstate we are having our (hopefully) last snow of the season, and there is still ice on the lake. Our geese were perhaps a little optimistic! But even with snow, we are still celebrating spring. It is one week until … Continue reading

Notes From Francesca

First and foremost — THANK YOU! I want to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make 2012 a success. During our end-of-year fund drive I spoke to many of you while I was in rehearsals in Houston and … Continue reading

Notes From Francesca: Around the Globe

This winter has been a busy season for me – with planning for the 2012 Glimmerglass Festival, and my new productions at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Opera Australia. My production of Show Boat runs through March 17, but I … Continue reading