People

The Glimmerglass Festival employs more than 350 people in the course of a single season. The core of the company is about 20 full-time, year-round staff members, amplified by seasonal staff and interns leading up to and including the summer Festival.

Francesca Zambello

Artistic & General Director

An internationally recognized director of opera and theater, Zambello’s work has been seen at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, the Bolshoi, Covent Garden, the Munich Staatsoper, Paris Opera, New York City Opera, Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and English National Opera. She has staged plays and musicals on Broadway, at the Royal National Theatre, BAM, the Guthrie Theater, Vienna’s Raimund Theater, the Bregenz Festival, Sydney Festival, Disneyland, Berlin’s Theater des Westens and at the Kennedy Center. In May 2011, Zambello was appointed Artistic Advisor to Washington National Opera, and became Washington National Opera’s Artistic Director January 1, 2013. She received the San Francisco Opera Medal for Artistic Excellence for her more than 30 years of artistic contributions to the company, including serving as Artistic Advisor from 2006-2011.

She has been awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government for her contribution to French culture, and the Russian Federation’s medal for Service to Culture.  Her theatrical honors include three Olivier Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, two French Grand Prix des Critiques, Helpmann Award, Green Room Award, Palme d’Or in Germany and the Golden Mask in Russia. She began her career as the Artistic Director of the Skylight Opera Theatre and as an assistant director to the late Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. She has been a guest lecturer at Harvard, Juilliard and Yale. An American who grew up in Europe, she speaks French, Italian, German and Russian. She is a graduate of Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.

Her directing work at Glimmerglass includes: Iphigénie en Tauride (1997); the world premiere production of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s A Blizzard On Marblehead Neck and Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun (2011); Verdi’s Aida (2012); Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman and David Lang’s the little match girl passion (2013); Strauss’ Ariadne in Naxos and Puccini’s Madame Butterfly (2014); Bernstein’s Candide (2015); Robert Ward’s The Crucible (2016); Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais.

She opened the complete Ring Cycle at Washington National Opera April 2016 and a new production of Aida at the San Francisco Opera in November. In February 2017, she opened a new production of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking at Washington National Opera, and in May she directed Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac at the Metropolitan Opera. Also during the 2017-18 season, her Ring Cycle premieres at San Francisco Opera, and her production of Candide premieres at Washington National Opera and LA Opera.

Joseph Colaneri

Music Director

Renowned for his versatility, musical depth, and ability to “inspire musicians”, Joseph Colaneri is recognized as a multifaceted presence on the podium. An international conductor equally adept with operatic, oratorio and symphonic repertoire, Colaneri continues to expand his relationships with orchestras and opera companies both nationally and abroad.

Colaneri first worked with Glimmerglass in 2009 as conductor for La Cenerentola, and he conducted the Festival’s new production of King for a Day in 2013. The Glimmerglass Festival appointed Joseph Colaneri as its Music Director, effective October 1, 2013. His other Glimmerglass productions include Madame Butterfly (2014), Candide and Macbeth (2015), La bohème and The Thieving Magpie (2016), and The Siege of Calais (2017).

In addition to his work with Glimmerglass, Colaneri has served as a member of the Metropolitan conducting roster since 1998. Colaneri served as Artistic Director of the West Australian Opera in Perth from 2012-2014. He also serves as Artistic Director of Opera at Mannes School of Music at The New School in New York City.

During the 2015-16 season Colaneri led productions of Puccini’s Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera during the fall and Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore in the spring. Colaneri made his conducting debut at the Metropolitan Opera with a performance of La bohème in fall 2000.

He conducted Luisa Miller in season 2001-2002 and conducted all of the popular Met in the Parks performances of Turandot with Andrea Gruber in season 2002-2003, L’Italiana in Algeri with Olga Borodina in season 2003-2004, Nabucco featuring Maria Guleghina in spring 2005 at Lincoln Center, as well as Rigoletto in the Metropolitan Opera Parks performances. In 2005-2006 he conducted Falstaff at the Metropolitan with Bryn Terfel in the title role. Continuing with the Italian repertoire, he conducted Il trittico in season 2006-2007.  In the 2007-2008 Metropolitan Opera season, Maestro Colaneri conducted two of Donizetti’s masterpieces: La Fille du Régiment with Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez and Mary Zimmerman’s new production of Lucia di Lammermoor with Miss Dessay in the title role. During the 2009-2010 season he replaced James Levine for the Metropolitan’s new Luc Bondy production of Tosca, including the worldwide HD transmission and DVD for EMI. During the 2011-2012 season he led performances of Don Pasquale.

Also in demand as an opera conductor abroad, among the distinguished companies with which Colaneri has guested are Den Norske Opera, Portland Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Orlando Opera, UCLA, and the San Francisco Opera Center. Orchestras with which he has guested include the Tokyo Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Chautauqua Symphony.

For Joseph Colaneri’s complete biography, click here.

Eric Owens

Artistic Advisor

As Artistic Advisor, Owens consults closely with Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello and Music Director Joseph Colaneri on matters of Festival repertoire and casting and serves as an ambassador for the company.

Known for his roles of both classic works and new music, Owens’ international career has brought him to major opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera and LA Opera to Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera and more.

Owens made his Glimmerglass debut in the 2001 production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. Subsequent Glimmerglass roles include Stephen Kumalo in Lost in the Stars, Amonasro in Aida and the title role of Macbeth. He served as the company’s 2012 and 2015 Artist in Residence, coaching and mentoring members of the Young Artists Program, the company’s apprenticeship for rising artists. Owens also serves as Chair of the company’s Artistic Advisory Board.

In addition to his busy performance schedule, Owens has worked with young artists at the Merola Opera Program and Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.  He also serves as a community ambassador at Lyric Opera of Chicago and on the Board of Trustees of both The Crossing Choir in Philadelphia and the Curtis Institute of Music. He was also recently announced as a visiting artist at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where he has been coaching voice students and leading master classes during the year.

A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Owens began his musical training as a pianist at the age of 6, followed by formal oboe study at age 11 under Lloyd Shorter of the Delaware Symphony and Louis Rosenblatt of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He studied voice while an undergraduate at Temple University, and then as a graduate student at the Curtis Institute of Music. Owens was recently honored with Musical America’s 2017 “Vocalist of the Year” award and has been the recipient of many more, including the Marian Anderson Award, ARIA award, second prize in the Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions finalist, and the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition.

For his complete biography, click here.

Administration

During regular working hours, you may reach the staff members listed below by dialing (607) 547-0700 and then the extension number. Generally, staff e-mail addresses consist of the first initial of a person’s first name followed by full last name @glimmerglass.org. For example, John Smith is jsmith@glimmerglass.org. If you e-mail info@glimmerglass.org, your message will be forwarded to the appropriate party.

Staff Listing

Bloomfield, Austin Information Technology Assistant 219
Bostwick, Jeremy Maintenance Assistant 263
Brendel, Adrian Development Operations Manager 212
Buck, Kathy Development Assistant 299
Catovic, Amra Director of Artistic Administration 230
Ciano, Dianne Administrative Advisor/Resident Pool Shark 221
Colaneri, Joseph Music Director
Conchie, Mark Development Officer and Grants Manager 207
Crossway, Tammy Director of Finance 216
Desens, Joan Director of Institutional Advancement 297
Christopher, Devlin Head of Music
Diamond, Liz Box Office Manager  240
Etienne, Nick Accounting Associate 213
Flanagan, Karen Accounting Associate 214
Forehand, Sam Communications Manager 224
Fogel, Eric Sean Head of Stage Movement and Choreography
Jackson, David Music Librarian 232
Lesavoy, Brittany Director of Communications 206
Ludwig, Kyle Assistant Technical Director
Lyons, Andrea Director of Administration and Operations 218
Magruder, Ann Office Manager 200
Mott, Liz Concessions Manager & Operations Assistant 264
Nicholson, Marsha Production Coordinator 225
Owens, Eric Artistic Advisor
Perriello, Allen Young Artists Program Director
Powell, Christopher Director of Artistic Initiatives 211
Schifano, Merritt Director of Housing & Transportation 220
Syman, Caitlyn Communications Coordinator 205
Rodd, Abby Director of Production 222
Roseboom, Leon Facilities Supervisor 263
Rundell, Ross Technical Director 271
Sansevere, Sean Group Sales Coordinator and Assistant Box Office Manager 241
Shippee, Deb Costume Director 290
Tague, Isabel Artistic Coordinator 226
Wilcox, Jeff Housing Coordinator 221
Woolley, Olivia Associate Director of Development 208
Zambello, Francesca Artistic & General Director

Board of Trustees

Honorary Chair
Peter Duchin

Officers
Robert Nelson, CHAIRMAN
Wendy Curtis, PRESIDENT
Edward L. Turner, VICE-CHAIRMAN
Jean Stark, VICE-PRESIDENT
Mark Villamar, TREASURER
Erna Morgan McReynolds, SECRETARY

TRUSTEES
James Barton
Patricia Chadwick
Nellie Gipson
Sherwin M. Goldman
Kimberly Hastie
Mrs. John R. Hupper
Gene Kaufman
Gregory Long
James C. Miles
Thomas C. Ragan
Elisabeth A. Sapery
Robert B. Schlather
Michael Sekus
Martin Senzel
Senator James L. Seward
Ted Snowdon
Kara Unterberg

Ex-Officio
Felicia H. Blum(1)
William Goodenough(5)
Mary Margaret Kuhn(3)
Sage Mehta(5)
Eric Owens(2)
Thomas Simpson(4)

1 National Council Chair
2 Chairman, Artistic Advisory Board
3 Opera Guild President
4 Guild Liason to the Board
5 Young Glimmerglass Representative

Artistic & General Director                                  
Francesca Zambello

Music  Director
Joseph Colaneri

Artistic Advisor
Eric Owens

Artistic Advisory Board
Bill Burden
Amy Burton
Joyce Castle
Beth Clayton
Sarah Coburn
Anthony Roth Costanzo
Dwayne Croft
David Daniels
Michelle DeYoung
Rod Gilfry
Christine Goerke
Anthony Dean Griffey
Julie Gunn
Nathan Gunn
Joe Kaiser
Michael Kaiser
Peter Kazaras
Mark Lamos
David Lang
Ryan McKinny
Melody Moore
Eric Owens, CHAIRMAN
Tobias Picker
Patricia Racette
Talise Trevigne
Deborah Voigt
Joseph Volpe

Emeritus
Paul Kellogg, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR EMERITUS
Stewart Robertson, MUSIC DIRECTOR EMERITUS
John Conklin, ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR EMERITUS
Hugh Hardy, ARCHITECTURAL ADVISOR EMERITUS^

Life Trustees
John R. and Wendy Curtis
Elizabeth M. and Jean-Marie R. Eveillard
Andrea K. Fallek
Allen R. and Judy Brick Freedman
Faith E. Gay and Francesca Zambello
Sherwin M. Goldman
Mrs. John H.J. Guth ^
Alfred F. Hubay ^
Dudley D. and Carole H. Johnson
Patricia Kavanagh and James Grant
Lady Juliet and Dr. Christopher Tadgell
Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw^

Founding Trustees
Beekman C. Cannon ^
Ferdinand Ermlich ^
Thomas Goodyear ^
Louis Busch Hager ^
Mrs. Louis C. Jones ^
Dr. Peter Macris ^
Mary-Jo Merk
Mrs. James M. Symington ^

^deceased

The Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra


VIOLIN
Ruotao Mao concertmaster
Heather Wittels associate concertmaster
Raymond Zoeckler assistant concertmaster
Katherine Hannauer principal second violin
Faina Agranov
Michael Cleveland
Sasha Margolis
Jennifer Reuning Myers
Leona Nadj
Sue Rabut
Nicholas Ross
Ann-Marie B. Schwartz
Elizabeth Silver
Victoria Stewart
Ubaldo Valli
Xiaoqing Yu

VIOLA
Katrina Smith principal
Megan Newman Dyer
Jeannine D. Fancher
Alexandra Van de Geijn
Christine Ims
Christine Orio

CELLO
Janet Nepkie principal
Ruth Berry
Susan Libby
Benjamin Whittenburg

DOUBLE BASS
David Irvin principal
Jon Pascolini

FLUTE
Yevgeny Faniuk principal
Linda Greene

OBOE
Eileen Whalen principal
Nancy Dimock

CLARINET
Pascal Archer principal
Thomas Slavinsky

BASSOON
Spencer F. Phillips principal
Mark Timmerman

FRENCH HORN
Gabriel Kovach principal
Martin Burki
Patricia O’Connell
Aaron Brask

TRUMPET
Jerry Bryant principal
Ben Aldridge

TROMBONE
Gregory Spiridopoulos principal
Daniel Martin
Frank Meredith (Bass Trombone)

TUBA
David Saltzman principal

TIMPANI
Kathryn Lowery principal

PERCUSSION
Matthew McClung principal
Jeff Grubbs

HARP
André Tarantiles principal

LUTE / GUITAR
Michael Leopold Principal