There’s no place quite like Glimmerglass

It’s where songs sparkle like sun on water, the stars shine bright, and the world stops to listen. 

We think you'll agree that The Glimmerglass Festival is a one-of-a-kind summer destination, blending world-class opera with a relaxed, casual atmosphere and a beautiful lakeside setting in the heart of Central New York. The Cooperstown region's welcoming accommodations, delightful dining and fun-filled attractions invite you to extend your visit and explore.

And you’re invited.



On the Mainstage

La bohème

A new Belle Époque production follows a tightly knit group of young artists through high-spirited hijinks, tender romance and heartbreaking loss. [More Information]

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Sweeney Todd

Sondheim's "musical thriller" tells a story of obsession and revenge, spiced with a measure of black humor. This Tony and Olivier award-winning score is driving, wistful, funny and touching. [More Information]

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The Thieving Magpie

Everyone seems to be in love with Ninetta, but when she takes the blame for a theft perpetrated by a bird, her life is turned upside down. This rarely heard comic opera boasts a dazzling score and sensational situations. [More Information]

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The Crucible

Arthur Miller's chilling dramatization of the Salem Witch Trials (an allegory of McCarthyism), is the basis for Robert Ward's Pulitzer Prize-winning opera. [More Information]

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Springfield Appreciation Concert

The Glimmerglass Festival previews its 2016 season, with proceeds benefitting the Springfield Center Fourth of July committee. [More Information]

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Close-Up on The Crucible: Eric Schneiderman & Faith Gay

Join New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Faith Gay and friends for a lively discussion of the Salem witch trials, the "Red Scare" that inspired Arthur Miller's theatrical depiction in The Crucible, and other "trial by fire" moments in American history. [More Information]

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Stephen Sondheim in Conversation with Jamie Bernstein

The award-winning composer of Sweeney Todd joins Jamie Bernstein for a special conversation about his work and life in the theater. [More Information]

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Christine Goerke Master Class

2014 Artist in Residence Christine Goerke presents a public master class with members of the Young Artists Program. [More Information]

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Stephanie Blythe in Concert

Stephanie Blythe makes her Glimmerglass debut with a concert that features the song cycle Vignettes: Ellis Island by Alan Louis Smith, who accompanies her, as well as selections from her new sing-along program Sing, America! [More Information]

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At This Moment: Jay Hunter Morris

Jay Hunter Morris, 2016 Artist in Residence, shares some of his musical inspirations — guitar, jazz, Wagner, Puccini and more. [More Information]

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Jamie Barton in Concert

Jamie Barton follows a selection of art songs with a presentation of Bon Appetit!, Lee Hoiby's one-woman opera inspired by Julia Child. [More Information]

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Back by popular demand, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg continues to delight Glimmerglass audiences by sharing her passion for opera and her perspective on law in the arts. [More Information]

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Second Stages

LiveStream: Stephen Sondheim

Enjoy a live digital stream of the sold-out event “Stephen Sondheim in Conversation with Jamie Bernstein.” [More Information]

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The company’s series dedicated to exploring topics related to the current Festival through performances paired with discussions with eminent scholars. [More Information]

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Youth Opera: Wilde Tales

Glimmerglass premieres a youth opera with music by Laura Karpman and libretto by Kelley Rourke. By turns touching and hilarious, Wilde Tales is a story of finding beauty where you least expect it. [More Information]

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The Lounge

Performances and events in venues on- and off-campus, The Lounge features principal artists and Young Artists in top-tier performances for the price of a movie ticket. [More Information]

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Baseball Hall of Fame Concerts

Join Glimmerglass Young Artists for a baseball-themed concert at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Standard admission applies. [More Information]

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2017 Preview and Brunch: Francesca Zambello

Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello will preview the 2017 season with members of the Young Artists Program. [More Information]

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Free Events

Join us as the Gimmerglass artists and crew present exciting programs, discussions and behind-the-scenes peeks at our productions.

Festival Dining

Three weekends at the peak of the season feature a concentration of events and opportunities to meet and mingle with artists, friends and enthusiasts over special lunches and dinners.



Box Office Hours

Cooperstown at 
18 Chestnut Street 

June-Aug: Mon-Fri 9-6
       June: Sat – 9-2
July-Aug: Sat 9-6, Sun 9-2
Sep-May: Mon-Fri 10-5

Ticket Kiosk at the Theater

July – Aug. (on show dates): Open 90 minutes prior to the start of mainstage performances.