News Release


COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (January 3, 2013)  – The Glimmerglass Festival will hold children’s chorus auditions for the 2013 Festival on January 24-26 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Richfield Springs, New York. 

The company is casting 24 singers, grades 4-12, to perform in the children’s chorus of David Lang’s the little match girl passion, which will be presented July 20 through August 22. Interested parties should call (607) 547-0700 ext. 231 beginning January 7 to schedule an audition. Those auditioning should prepare one age-appropriate folk song or musical theater song in English. An accompanist will be provided; please provide sheet music.

David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning one-act the little match girl passion is based on a fable by Hans Christian Andersen, with a libretto by Lang that is influenced by the format and journey of Bach's St. Matthew's Passion. It employs an ensemble of four singers and percussion to tell the story of a poor, young girl who, despite great adversity, retains her purity of spirit.  Glimmerglass will present a revised version of the score by David Lang, incorporating a children’s chorus.

“I got very excited when Francesca Zambello asked if she could stage the piece with a new version of the musical score that incorporated children's voices,” David Lang said. “So much of the power of the story for adults comes from our projecting ourselves into the suffering of this one child.  Children's voices will make that projection so much more powerful.”

Glimmerglass Festival Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello will direct the one-act.

“I am very passionate about involving as many children in our productions as possible,” Zambello said. “What better way to learn about the theater, than to participate in it? David’s revised orchestration will allow for such great opportunities for children in the Cooperstown area, and I could not be more pleased.” 


David Moody will conduct. Moody has served on the company’s music staff for close to a decade and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School of Music.

 St. John’s Episcopal Church is located at 98 Main Street in Richfield Springs. For more information, visit



The 2013 Glimmerglass Festival mainstage productions include Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman; Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot; Verdi’s King for a Day; and Passions, a double bill of David Lang’s a little match girl passion and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.  The productions will run in rotation July 6 through August 24 in the Alice Busch Opera Theater in Cooperstown, New York. The mainstage productions will be supplemented by special performances, concerts and lectures throughout the season. Tickets start at just $26 and youth tickets (ages 6-18) start at $10 when accompanied by an adult. Call (607) 547-2255 or visit for tickets and additional information.