|Approximately 1 hour
|$20 – Youth (12 and younger) Free
|GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY│
|John R. & Joyce McC. Hupper Charitable Fund
|FREE YOUTH TICKETS MADE POSSIBLE BY│
|Zambello Gay Tribute Fund
|SETON DAVIS FRALICK
|CATE SPEED LEINHART
|ANAIS SUMMERS ROBIN
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The short story that our opera is based on, Rip Van Winkle, is an Americanized version of a German folktale written by Washington Irving. Born in 1783, Irving is recognized as one of America’s first great authors (he was born when America was only 7 years old!). Other than Rip Van Winkle, Irving is best known for his spooky tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which follows school teacher Ichabod Crane’s encounter with the headless horseman. Can you guess who else was a famous American author during the same time period? James Fenimore Cooper! Cooper’s father founded Cooperstown, and Cooper himself became famous for his novel The Leatherstocking Tales. The beauty of Upstate New York greatly influenced both Irving and Cooper, and most of their stories take place right where The Glimmerglass Festival lives.
Have you ever wondered how opera gets made? Click HERE for a sneak peek behind the scenes of this opera in-the-making, meet the creators, and learn more about what inspired them to create a modern riff on this beloved story.