Glimmerglass is a professional non-profit summer opera company dedicated to producing new productions each season. The company’s mission is to produce new, little-known and familiar operas and works of music theater in innovative productions that capitalize on the Festival’s intimate theater and natural setting; to provide artistically challenging, professional training and performance opportunities for emerging artists and theater practitioners; to produce thought-provoking programs that illuminate the mainstage repertory’s intersection with social values; and to engage important artists who can inspire the highest standards of achievement.
Francesca Zambello was appointed Artistic & General Director in September 2010, and with the 2011 season, Glimmerglass Opera became The Glimmerglass Festival. 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 music theater.
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.