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. In 2020, she received the Knighthood of the Order of the Star of Italy for her contribution to the promotion of Italian culture and heritage.

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 (2017); Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais (2017); Bernstein’s West Side Story (2018); Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (2018); Kern and Hammerstein’s Show Boat and Verdi’s La traviata (2019).


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.

This 2019 – 2020 season, Maestro Colaneri conducts a new production of Verdi’s Aïda at San Diego Opera followed by John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of l’Opéra Royal in Versailles, France. In March, he leads Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito at the Shepherd School of Music in Houston and debuts at the Seattle Opera in May with Puccini’s La bohème. Next summer, Colaneri returns to Glimmerglass to lead Francesca Zambello’s productions of Wagner’s Die Feen and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music.

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.


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 For example, John Smith is If you e-mail, your message will be forwarded to the appropriate party.

Staff Listing

Bailey, Lauren Director of Artistic Administration 226
Beecher, Matt Carpenter
Bloomfield, Austin Information Technology Manager 219
Buck, Kathy Development Assistant 299
Butcher, Kristen Music Librarian 232
Ciano, Dianne Assistant to Francesca Zambello 221
Cohea, Sarah Administrative Assistant 203
Colaneri, Joseph Music Director
Conchie, Mark Development Officer and Grants Manager 207
Condon, Jay Artistic Operations Coordinator
Diamond, Liz Box Office Manager 240
Devlin, Christopher Head of Music
Eastman, Mykai Communications Associate/EDI Facilitator
Fall, Fred Accounting Associate 213
Flanagan, Karen Director of Accounting 214
Fogel, Eric Sean Head of Stage Movement and Choreography
Glinski, Sasha Charge Scenic Artist 310
Gill, Rebecca Director of Company Management 235
Grant, Andrea Young Artists Program Director
Lesavoy, Brittany Director of Communications 206
Ludwig, Kyle ATD of Scenery Operations 276
Lyons, Andrea Executive Director 218
Mott, Liz Concessions Manager & Operations Assistant 264
Nyman, Wyatt Production Coordinator 223
Owens, Eric Artistic Advisor
Pearson, Christian Carpenter
Reeves, Caryn Director of Development 238
Rodd, Abby Director of Production 222
Roseboom, Leon Facilities Supervisor 263
Rourke, Kelley Dramaturg
Rundell, Ross Technical Director 271
Sellars, Emmet Music Operation Manager 211
Staley, Cindy Accounting Assistant
Tompkins, Amy Associate Director of Development 212
Wagner, Carleigh Scenic Artist
Wilcox, Meredith Carpenter
Zambello, Francesca Artistic & General Director

Board of Trustees

Honorary Chair
Peter Duchin

Robert Nelson, CHAIR
Wendy Curtis, PRESIDENT
Edward L. Turner, VICE-CHAIR
Mark Luis Villamar, TREASURER
Erna Morgan McReynolds, SECRETARY


Patricia Chadwick
Anne M. Curtis
Nellie Gipson
Sherwin M. Goldman
Allison Hill-Edgar
Thomas C. Ragan
John Ryland
Michael Sekus
Martin Senzel
Senator James L. Seward
Thomas Simpson
Ted Snowdon
Kara Unterberg
Michael Young

William Goodenough1
Sage Mehta1
Eric Owens2
Laura Wetzel3

1 Young Glimmerglass Representative
2 Chair, Artistic Advisory Board
3 Opera Guild President

Artistic & General Director                                  
Francesca Zambello

Music  Director
Joseph Colaneri

Artistic Advisor
Eric Owens

Artistic Advisory Board
Eric Owens, CHAIR
William Burden
Amy Burton
Joyce Castle
Anthony Roth Costanzo
Dwayne Croft
Rod Gilfry
Christine Goerke
Anthony Dean Griffey
Julie Gunn
Nathan Gunn
Michael Kaiser
Peter Kazaras
Mark Lamos
David Lang
Ryan McKinny
Tobias Picker
Patricia Racette
Talise Trevigne
Joseph Volpe


Life Trustees
John^ 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
Nellie Gipson
Sherwin M. Goldman
Mrs. John H.J. Guth ^
Alfred F. Hubay ^
Mrs. John R. Hupper
Dudley D. and Carole H. Johnson
Patricia Kavanagh and James Grant
Robert B. Schlather ^
Senator James L. Seward
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 ^


The Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra

Ruotao Mao concertmaster
Heather Wittels associate concertmaster
Raymond Zoeckler assistant concertmaster
Faina Agranov
Michael Cleveland
Fritz Krakowski
Joseph Lorang
Sasha Margolis
Jennifer Reuning Myers
Leona Nadj
Sarpouhi Patinkian
Esther McMahon Sanders
Ann-Marie B. Schwartz
Elizabeth Silver
Victoria Stewart
Ubaldo Valli

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

Janet Nepkie principal
Ruth Berry
Susan Debronsky
Benjamin Whittenburg

David Irvin principal
Jon Pascolini

Yevgeny Faniuk principal
Linda Greene

Eileen Whalen principal
Nancy Dimock

Pascal Archer principal
Thomas Slavinsky

Spencer F. Phillips principal
Mark Timmerman

Dan Wions principal
Martin Burki
Aaron Brask

Jerry Bryant principal
Ben Aldridge

Gregory Spiridopoulos principal
Daniel Martin
Frank Meredith (Bass Trombone)

David Saltzman principal

Matthew Kibort principal

Matthew McClung principal
Jeff Grubbs

André Tarantiles principal

Michael Leopold Principal