THE GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL OPENS ARMIDE
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (July 19, 2012) - The 2012 Glimmerglass Festival continues with the opening of Jean-Baptiste Lully’s Armide on July 21 at 8 p.m. Set against the backdrop of Muslim-Christian conflict in the Holy Land, this co-production with Toronto’s Opera Atelier features a full corps de ballet. Renowned for early Italian opera, Glimmerglass makes it first foray into French baroque with this 17th century opera.
Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, the Co-Artistic Directors of Opera Atelier, direct and choreograph, respectively. David Fallis, a frequent collaborator with Opera Atelier, conducts. Gerard Gauci designs sets inspired by the illuminated manuscripts and calligraphy of the Islamic world. Costumes are by Dora Rust D’Eye and lighting is by Bonnie Beecher.
The production includes period instruments such as the harpsichord, baroque cello, and theorbo, a plucked string instrument.
Soprano Peggy Kriha Dye sings the title role in Armide, fresh off an acclaimed performance of the role at the Palace of Versailles. Colin Ainsworth, who made his Glimmerglass debut in 2005, performs the role of Renaud. João Fernandes sings Hidraot and Curtis Sullivan appears as Hatred.
Sixteen dancers from Atelier Ballet help bring this baroque opera to life.
“The 17th century is the age of storytelling – of great descriptive narrative,” Pynkoski said. “The dancers help tell the story.”
The Glimmerglass Festival runs through August 25. Three other mainstage productions run in rotation with Armide: Verdi’s Aida, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, and Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars, which opens on July 22. Tickets are available at www.glimmerglass.org and through the Glimmerglass Box Office at (607) 547-2255.