The Glimmerglass Blog

A Bird’s Eye View

This season the Glimmerglass audience will be greeted by an unusual guest as they make their way to the Alice Busch Opera Theater. A 15-foot-tall, 25-foot-long and 16-foot-wide bird made of rebar, cold pressed steel and wire stands tall at … Continue reading

Rachael’s Reflections: La bohème Rehearsal

Rachael Powles is an incoming junior at Sauquoit Valley High School, where she is co-editor of her school newspaper as well as an active member of the drama club. This is her first production with The Glimmerglass Festival. When I … 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

The LOUNGE kicks off with BLACKLIST on Saturday, June 11

The Glimmerglass “Lounge” series offers a variety of informal, intimate performances throughout the season, ranging from late-night cabarets to curated combinations of art song and readings. Arthur Miller was inspired to write The Crucible as he and many other artists came under … Continue reading

Spotless Sets

As we build our scenery for this season’s performances of Sweeney Todd, special accommodations must be made for the amount of prop blood being used during the show. For easy cleanup, the set designer Andrew Holland has decided that laminate be applied to … Continue reading

Blood and Bubbles

Sweeney Todd is known for its award-winning score by Stephen Sondheim as well as its dark – and gruesome – themes. When Benjamin Barker is cruelly banished from London by the corrupt Judge Turpin, he returns as “Sweeney Todd,” and takes … 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

2016 Red Hot Gala

Thank you to everyone who came out to our 2016 Red Hot Gala! The Wednesday night event took place at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan and raised funds for our Young Artist and Summer Internship programs. See more photos here. … Continue reading

Quick Q&A: Raquel González

Former Young Artist Raquel González returns to Glimmerglass this summer to sing the role of Mimì in our new production of La bohème, after performing the role of First Lady in last summer’s The Magic Flute. She is currently a … Continue reading

Henry S.F. Cooper, Jr. (1933-2016)

We join the many friends, family and organizations that mourn the death of Henry S.F. Cooper, Jr., who served as a member of the Glimmerglass Board of Trustees.  He was a great champion of artistic expression and environmental causes. He … Continue reading