2017 Festival Mainstage

Don't miss a season fueled by the passion for home and heartland.

Join us in 2017 as we explore the themes of home and country, their importance in shaping history and relevance in defining who we are today. Experience the pursuit of creating a home in Gershwin's classic folk opera, Porgy and Bess. Discover the struggle of starting a new life in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Oklahoma!. Watch as countertenor John Holiday makes a return in Handel's Xerxes, a story of love, loss and fraternal rivalry. And witness a historic battle for freedom and homeland in Donizetti's compelling Italian bel canto work, The Siege of Calais. Make Glimmerglass your summer opera destination; you'll feel right at home.

Subscriptions are on sale now, and single tickets go on sale January 31, 2017.

Porgy and Bess

George Gershwin's classic folk opera deals with the attempt of Porgy, a disabled beggar, to create a home for himself and Bess. [More Information]


Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical follows a diverse assortment of individuals as they struggle to create lives for themselves in the newly settled Oklahoma Territory. [More Information]


History's fierce Persian conqueror turns his attention to domestic affairs in a plot in which romantic attraction threatens to obliterate fraternal loyalty. [More Information]

The Siege of Calais

This new Glimmerglass production of the rarely-heard Italian bel canto work examines concepts of homeland and heroism in a region that continues to be a backdrop for conflict. [More Information]


A one-act comic opera inspired by the opinions of the Justices themselves about law, music and the power of friendship in a divided world. [More Information]

Stephen Schwartz

The award-winning composer-lyricist in an afternoon of stories and songs with members of the Young Artists Program. [More Information]

David Sedaris

Author and humorist David Sedaris reads from his books. Includes a book signing and Q&A. [More Information]

Wizard of Oz Movie Night

“There’s no place like home.” See the timeless classic on the big screen in the Alice Busch Opera Theater. [More Information]