The Glimmerglass Festival proudly presents Glimmerglass in Greenwich, a one-night-only evening of opera, musical theater, and song. The concert will be held on Saturday, October 14, at 7 p.m. at Christ Church Greenwich, 254 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT.
Glimmerglass in Greenwich is presented in partnership with Community Concerts of Greenwich, a non-profit dedicated to holding musical performances throughout the year of various genres and styles in Greenwich, CT. Performed by artists from the world-renowned Glimmerglass Festival and directed by the Festival’s Artistic & General Director, Rob Ainsley, the program for the evening includes works by Rachmaninoff, Mozart, Loewe, Strauss, Leoncavallo, Tchaikovsky, and many more.
“Community Concerts of Greenwich is excited to showcase the wonderful vocal talents from the Glimmerglass Festival. We are pleased to host Robert Ainsley’s return to Christ Church for an evening of festive music,” said Elizabeth Fitts, Co-president of the Community Concerts of Greenwich.
Performers for this one-night event include soprano Magdalena Kuźma, star of the 2023 Glimmerglass Festival production of Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet and current member of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Program; mezzo-soprano Allegra De Vita, a Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Finalist and graduate of the Washington National Opera Cafritz Young Artist Program; tenor Alex McKissick, hailed as possessing a “melting tone and poignant phrasing” by Opera News and recently seen in an acclaimed role debut as Don Ottavio in North Carolina Opera’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni; and baritone Olivier Zerouali, currently in his first year of graduate studies at the Yale School of Music and 2023 member of The Glimmerglass Festival Young Artists Program. These acclaimed vocalists will be directed and accompanied by Rob Ainsley.
Ainsley began his professional career as organ scholar at Christ Church Greenwich in 1999. While working at the church, he won a position as a coach and pianist in the prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Program at the Metropolitan Opera. Since then, his career has taken him to major opera houses and festivals around the country, culminating in his appointment as the Artistic & General Director of The Glimmerglass Festival in late 2022. Ainsley also co-founded the Greenwich Music Festival with renowned stage director and Greenwich, CT native Ted Huffman, bringing vocal performances and operatic productions to the town for nearly a decade.
“I am honored to be returning to my American musical and spiritual home, performing again for a community that embraced me with open arms at the beginning of my professional career. My memories of making music at Christ Church, a stunning venue with excellent acoustics for the voice, are filled with joy and discovery. Those formative years gave me the skills and experience to pursue the artistic path I have enjoyed. Returning to Christ Church with these talented artists, who are all now on similar journeys, completes a musical and personal circle. This concert is a celebration of the many great musical journeys that Christ Church and Glimmerglass have fostered, and the beauty and power of the many voices they have helped to soar,” shared Ainsley.
Tickets for this one-night-only event are $30 per person (free for students) and include a reception after the performance to meet the artists. Tickets are available for purchase at https://community-concerts-of-greenwich.square.site/. For questions about this or other Community Concerts of Greenwich events, contact Elizabeth Fitts at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about The Glimmerglass Festival, visit www.glimmerglass.org or call 607-547-0700.
About The Glimmerglass Festival
The Glimmerglass Festival is a summer destination in Upstate New York where audiences from across the country and the world come to experience world-class opera, musical theater, and cultural events in a beautiful, relaxing setting. Attracting over 30,000 people per summer, the Festival is a professional non-profit opera company dedicated to presenting four fully staged productions each year. These four productions are supplemented by special performances, cabarets, concerts, lectures, and symposiums throughout the season. The company has a longstanding commitment to creating an inclusive, equitable, and diverse experience for all, including a commitment to investing in the next generation of theater professionals. The 2024 Glimmerglass Festival’s Mainstage productions will include Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, Cavalli’s La Calisto, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, and Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s Elizabeth Cree, as well as the world premiere of the youth opera Rumpelstiltskin and the Unlovable Children by Jens Ibsen and Cecelia Raker and an exciting new works initiative called Project Pipeline.
About Community Concerts of Greenwich
Community Concerts of Greenwich brings people from our community together to hear wonderful varieties of music on the campus of Christ Church and helps support the choirs and music program of Christ Church, a place where great music happens!