Press Release




(January 13, 2011) – The Glimmerglass Festival, in collaboration with the Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown, present “What’s Up at the Opera?,” on Sunday, January 23, at 3 p.m. in the Cooperstown Village Library. “What’s Up at the Opera?” is a program presented by Glimmerglass Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello that will feature an overview of the upcoming 2011 Festival through storytelling and visuals. The program is free and open to the public and is structured for families and individuals of all ages.

Zambello was appointed Artistic & General Director of The Glimmerglass Festival in September 2010. She is currently the Artistic Advisor of San Francisco Opera, where she is directing a new production of Wagner’s Ring cycle. 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.

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.

The Friends of the Village Library work to the benefit of the library and the community it serves and offers year-round programs for children and adults.

The 2011 Glimmerglass Festival will open with new productions of Bizet’s Carmen and Cherubini’s Medea. Additionally, a double bill of two new operas highlighting American artists will feature the world-premiere production of A Blizzard On Marblehead Neck, a Glimmerglass-commissioned work by the award-winning team of composer Jeanine Tesori and playwright Tony Kushner, and the professional premiere of John Musto and Mark Campbell’s acclaimed Later the Same Evening. The four operas will be joined by Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun, starring world-renowned soprano Deborah Voigt. The main stage productions will be supplemented by special performances, concerts, lectures and symposiums throughout the season. Tickets start at just $26 and all youth tickets (ages 6-18) are $10 when accompanied by an adult. Single tickets go on sale January 31. Call (607) 547-2255 or visit for tickets and additional information.