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Glimmerglass Festival Celebrates Young Artists & Internship Programs with 2014 Gala

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (March 31, 2014) – The Glimmerglass Festival, the internationally-renowned summer opera company located in Cooperstown, New York, will raise funds for its Young Artists and Summer Internship programs at GL!MMERATA, its 2014 Spring Gala, April 10 at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan.

The event will be hosted by Glimmerglass Festival Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello with Gala Chairs Patricia Chadwick and Nina Lesavoy. Acclaimed bass-baritone Eric Owens will serve as master of ceremonies.  The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres at 6 p.m., followed by performances at 7 p.m. from Owens, as well as Glimmerglass artists Aleksey Bogdanov,  Jacqueline Echols, Yunah Lee, Beth Lytwynec and Patrick O’Halloran. Following an 8 p.m. dinner with the performers and members of the Young Artists Program, the gala will culminate with dessert and dancing to the Peter Duchin Orchestra.

“GL!MMERATA is one of our annual fundraising events and is very important to the success of our education programs,” Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello said. “We are thankful for the many supporters who join us to celebrate our important professional training programs and enjoy music performed by our artists.”

The event benefits the company’s two-pronged professional education initiative: the Young Artists Program, a renowned apprentice program for performers, and the Summer Internship Program, a training opportunity for students and recent graduates in theater production and arts administration.  Each summer, nearly 50 emerging singers, pianists, dancers and stage directors and 60 production and arts administration interns arrive at The Glimmerglass Festival to be coached, trained and mentored by some of the world’s finest talents and industry leaders. Nearly 2,000 students and recent graduates annually apply for the 100 positions.

The Young Artists Program has helped launch the careers of many singers, including Isabel Bayrakdarian, Sarah Coburn, Anthony Roth Costanzo and Christine Goerke, who joins the company as 2014 Artist in Residence. The Festival’s production and administration internships provide the opportunity for young professionals and students to experience the fast-paced world of repertory opera and musical theater. Alumni of the Glimmerglass Internship Program work in esteemed theater and opera companies around the world.

Attire for GL!MMERATA is cocktail. Tickets range from $1,250 to $2,500; tables of 10 range from $12,500 to $25,000. For reservations and additional information, call The Glimmerglass Festival Development Department at (607) 547-0700 ext. 209. The Metropolitan Club is located at 1 East 60th Street.

The 2014 Festival focuses on 100 years of music and features new productions of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, Strauss’ Ariadne in Naxos and Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy. The productions run in rotation July 11 through August 24 in the Alice Busch Opera Theater in Cooperstown, New York. The mainstage productions are supplemented by special performances, concerts and lectures throughout the season. Tickets start at just $26 and youth tickets (ages 6-18) start at $10 when accompanied by an adult. Call (607) 547-2255 or visit www.glimmerglass.org for tickets and additional information.

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Media Contact:
Brittany Lesavoy
Director of Public Relations
(607) 547-0700 ext. 206
blesavoy@glimmerglass.org