a one-of-a-kind summer destination

We think you’ll agree that The Glimmerglass Festival is a one-of-a-kind summer destination, blending world-class opera and musical theater and events with renowned personalities and artists with a relaxed, casual atmosphere in the heart of Central New York.

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Show Boat

July 6, 2019 - August 24, 2019

Revolutionary for its exploration of serious themes, Show Boat blends humanity and humor with hit tunes as we follow Cap'n Andy Hawks and his extended family on a journey of love and heartbreak.

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La traviata

July 7, 2019 - August 24, 2019

The Parisian courtesan Violetta leaves a life of extravagance when she falls in love with Alfredo. But soon she is forced to make a terrible choice. With showpiece arias such as "Sempre libera" and its touching story, La traviata is one of the most beloved works in the operatic canon.

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The Ghosts of Versailles

July 13, 2019 - August 23, 2019

In this hilarious nod to The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro, the ghost of Marie Antoinette is upset about her untimely ending, so her favorite playwright, Beaumarchais, attempts to amuse her with a new work.

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July 14, 2019 - August 22, 2019

Reflective of a familiar American headline, this new work by Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson centers on the hopes and fears of a young black couple as they raise a son in 21st-century America.

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Springfield Appreciation Concert

June 30, 2019

The Glimmerglass Festival previews its 2019 season, with proceeds benefitting the Springfield Center Fourth of July Committee. Tickets sold at Tom & Kelley's in Springfield, or by calling (315) 585-0304.

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Klea Blackhurst Photo by Jack Vartoogian

Klea Blackhurst: Everything The Traffic Will Allow

July 28

A dedicated self-proclaimed “Mermanologist,” Klea Blackhurst's show surveys stops along Ethel Merman’s career from “I Got Rhythm” from Girl Crazy to “I Got Lost in His Arms” from Annie Get Your Gun. A tribute rather than an imitation, Klea's powerful vocals and cracking wit create a beautiful valentine to Merman.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates

August 2

Ta-Nehisi Coates, the author of bestselling books The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power and Between the World And Me,comes to the Alice Busch Opera Theater for an engaging discussion.

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Noah’s Flood

August 2 - 9, 2019

This charming operatic adaption of a 15th-century play about Noah's Ark stars the Glimmerglass Youth Chorus and members of the Young Artists Program.

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Stars’ Night Out

July 29

Join the principal artists of the 2019 Festival as they showcase their full range of talents. From tap dancing to solos and singalongs, this is a star-studded night full of personality and fun.

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