Photo: Claire McAdamsDear GG Friends:

I am starting a blog to keep you updated on things that I am up to in Cooperstown as well as activities elsewhere.

My official position as Artistic and General Director begins September 1, 2010, however, I have been working to plan the 2011 season as well as other aspects of the company since March this year. To read about the coming season you can see the announcement with full details on this site.

Last weekend was very exciting to be in Cooperstown and meet so many Glimmerglass Family members. I had the chance to speak on Saturday morning about my own past and some thoughts on next season. (This is available online as well).

Currently, I have just come to the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis to work on

Guthrie Exterior View from Stone Arch Bridge
Guthrie Exterior View from Stone Arch Bridge

a new play by Marsha Norman. This is called The Master Butchers Singing Club based on a novel by Louise Erdrich. It charts the story of a German immigrant, a circus performer and a Native American woman as their lives intertwine on the plains of North Dakota between the two World Wars. It also uses a great deal of music from Germany as well as Native American songs.

The play opens in September. If there are any Glimmerglass lovers in this area, please contact me for a get-together at the Guthrie or in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region.

Warm regards from 100-degree heat!


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  1. Dear Francesca,

    Congratulations on your position with Glimmerglass Opera. I met you at HGO; I was David Gockley’s tall, frizzy-blonde-haired projects administrator from 1984-1988.

    I was born and raised in Cobleskill, N.Y., about 45 minutes from Cooperstown (over the mountain). As my family has a house there, I generally visit every summer for a few weeks.

    I envy your being there year round! Again, congratulations!

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