COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — The Glimmerglass Festival has completed casting for the 2023 Festival with ensemble artists drawn from Cooperstown and the surrounding communities. These artists will be featured in our 2023 productions of La bohème, Candide, Romeo and Juliet, and The Rip Van Winkles, this season’s world premiere youth opera, which features young people from 6 to 17 years old. While a handful of these artists will be making their Glimmerglass debuts, many have previously performed in Glimmerglass productions and are excited to return to the Alice Busch Opera Theater.

Reece Bernard, Utica, NY
Allison Hill-Edgar, Cooperstown, NY
W. Morgan Hill-Edgar, Cooperstown, NY
Elijah Gebers, Cazenovia, NY
Kara Grady, Cooperstown, NY
Lilly Grady, Cooperstown, NY
Joelle Lachance, Rochester, NY
Holly McCormack, South Glens Falls, NY
Jocelyn Reynolds, Little Falls, NY
Ying Wu, Utica, NY

Arianne Ajakh, Cooperstown, NY
Layla Buttermann, Oneonta, NY
Malena Buttermann, Oneonta, NY
Nadia Buttermann, Oneonta, NY
Carly Rae Carillo, Milford, NY
Nora Craig, Cooperstown, NY
Avery Croft, Cooperstown, NY
Caleb J.A. Crowder, Utica, NY
Genevieve DeLanoy, Oneonta, NY
Cordelia Dziuban, Bridgewater, NY
Elizabeth Eckel, Cobleskill, NY
Seton Davis Fralick, Cherry Valley, NY
Gus Frederickson, Jefferson, NY
Toby Frederickson, Jefferson, NY
Johnny Ford, Utica, NY
Anmo Geng, New Hartford, NY
Anqi Geng, New Hartford, NY
Kian Grady, Cooperstown, NY
Julieanna L. Iglesias, VanDeusenville, NY
Maya LaCoppola, Palatine Bridge, NY
Cate Speed Leinhart, Fly Creek, NY
Jierui Lin, Utica, NY
Yuan Lin, Utica, NY
Annika Murray, Cooperstown, NY
Gialina Ploutz, Oneonta, NY
Danniella N. Rivera-Litz, Sauquoit, NY
Anais Summers Robbins, Austin, Texas
Callum D. Torruella, Sauquoit, NY
Eleanor Walker, Cooperstown, NY

The Glimmerglass Festival was created by local opera aficionados who joined forces to bring opera to their community. “I’m thrilled that we have such talent—and such passion—in our backyard.,” said Artistic & General Director, Rob Ainsley. “Our annual Youth Opera provides an important opportunity for local youth to perform alongside world-class production artists, and quite a few alumni have gone on to prestigious music schools across the country.”

The 2023 Festival will open with revivals of Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème and Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, celebrating the success of the company’s past decade. New takes on Charles Gounod’s masterwork Romeo and Juliet and G.F. Handel’s groundbreaking Rinaldo round out the Festival’s mainstage offerings. The season continues the company’s tradition of staging three operas and one work of American musical theater, performed with full orchestra and no sound amplification.

In addition to the four mainstage productions, Glimmerglass is proud to present the world premiere of Ben Morris and Laura Fuentes’s The Rip Van Winkles, featuring community youth performing alongside members of the company’s Young Artists Program. Throughout the season, the company will also host a slate of events, including concerts conceptualized and performed by 2023 Artist-in-Residence, Anthony Roth Costanzo. These events expand upon the themes of the mainstage productions, offering the chance for dialogue and conversation in engaging venues and formats.

About The Glimmerglass Festival — The Glimmerglass Festival is a professional non-profit summer opera company dedicated to producing new productions each season. Rob Ainsley was appointed Artistic & General Director in 2022, and the 2023 season will be his first with Glimmerglass. The company continues its tradition of four new fully staged productions, now including three operas and one work of American musical theater, performed with full orchestra, large cast, and no sound amplification. These four productions are supplemented by special performances, cabarets, concerts, lectures and symposiums throughout the season. The company continues to attract an international audience to the scenic Cooperstown area, where the talent of singers, directors, designers and staff from around the world converges in the Alice Busch Opera Theater to produce world-class opera and musical theater.

Mission Statement — Produce new, little-known and familiar operas and musical theater in innovative productions; Provide professional training and performance opportunities for emerging artists and interns; Engage important artists who inspire the highest standards of achievement; Inspire dialogue around meaningful issues of the day through song and story; Collaborate with regional organizations, schools and businesses to enhance life in Central New York.

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