COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Glimmerglass Opera will honor award-winning filmmaker James Ivory
at its 2010 Spring Gala on Tuesday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan Club, 1 East 60th Street. Themed “Fireworks!,” the gala will feature vocal pyrotechnics by Anthony Roth Costanzo, the countertenor seen as Francis in Ivory’s film, A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries and featured on the soundtrack of Ivory’s The City of Your Final Destination, set for theatrical release in April.
The event will benefit Glimmerglass Opera’s Young American Artists Program, the acclaimed training program for young singers of which Costanzo is an alumnus. The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres at 6:30 p.m., with the honors and musical performance at 7:30 p.m. Dinner will be followed by dessert and dancing to the Peter Duchin Orchestra.
Ivory has made many acclaimed theatrical feature films in his extensive career, most of which were produced by Merchant Ivory Productions. He is well known for his direction of A Room with a View, Maurice, Howards End, The Remains of the Day, Le Divorce and The White Countess. Ivory has accumulated many honors from Academy Awards to BAFTA film awards. He has been awarded the Directors Guild of America D.W. Griffith Award, the Guild’s highest honor.
“We are proud to honor James Ivory, an icon of the world of film, who has often integrated the music of opera into his dramas,” said Elizabeth Eveillard, Glimmerglass Opera Board Chair and Spring Gala Co-Chair. “His introduction of our own rising star, Anthony Roth Costanzo, to film audiences makes the evening’s program particularly meaningful.”
After his film debut as Francis in A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, Costanzo continued to study music and graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 2004. He made his Glimmerglass Opera debut in 2008 in the role of Nireno in Handel’s Guilio Cesare in Egitto and returned in 2009 as the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. He is a 2009 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and he recently won a 2010 George London Award. He will make his New York City Opera debut this April as Armindo in a revival of the Glimmerglass Opera and Yew York City Opera co-production of Partenope. He returns to Glimmerglass Opera this summer to sing the title role in Handel’s Tolomeo.
The event is black tie; tickets range from $1,000 to $2,500. Tables of 10 range from $10,000 to $25,000. For reservations and additional information, call Glimmerglass Opera’s Development Department at (607) 547-0700 ext. 209.
Glimmerglass Opera’s 2010 Festival features new productions of Puccini’s Tosca, Copland’s The Tender Land, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and the U.S. professionally staged premiere of Handel’s Tolomeo. The season runs July 9 through August 24, 2010, at the Alice Busch Opera Theater in Cooperstown, New York. For more information on Glimmerglass Opera’s 2010 Festival Season, visit www.glimmerglass.org or call the company’s Box Office at (607) 547-2255.
Glimmerglass Opera’s Young American Artists Program was established in 1988. An acclaimed training program for young singers, the program brings exceptional singers and accompanists in the first stages of their professional careers to study and perform in the creative and demanding atmosphere of Glimmerglass. Young American Artists are chosen annually from more than 700 applicants. The three-month summer program focuses on education through performance, which comes from opportunities to cover and perform appropriate roles in mainstage productions. In addition to performing, Glimmerglass Young Artists receive musical coachings, as well as attend classes and workshops in diction and acting, audition technique and role preparation.