About

Glimmerglass is a professional non-profit summer opera company dedicated to producing new productions each season. 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.

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.

Annual reports

Click to view the 2021 Annual Report.

Click to view the 2020 Annual Report.

Click to view the 2019 Annual Report.

2022 Festival

In the summer of 2022, we return to our theater for productions of classics and new works.

Join us

The Glimmerglass Festival is hiring staff and apprentices for the 2022 Festival.

Support Glimmerglass

Consider a gift to the Glimmerglass Festival. Your support helps ensure stimulating programs and lively interaction with artists and friends.