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Donizetti rarity given American première at Glimmerglass

Aleks Romano (Aurelio) © Carrington Spires
The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York always does themed seasons. This year the season was about the idea of home. As such, the production directed by Francesca Zambello was updated from the Middle Ages to a modern-day refugee camp.
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Handel's Xerxes comes to Glimmerglass

John Holiday (Xerxes) © Karli Cadel
Handel’s Xerxes (1738) was part of this year’s “home and homeland” season at Glimmerglass Festival.
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Zambello’s Porgy and Bess at Glimmerglass

Musa Ngqungwana (Porgy) © Karli Cadel
Glimmerglass’ Porgy and Bess proves one more time that Gershwin’s opus remains America’s most important 20th-century opera.
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Young voices shine in Glimmerglass' The Crucible

Mary Beth Nelson (Betty), Ariana Wehr (Abigail), Emma Grimsley (Ruth), Molly Jane Hill (Susanna) © Karli Cadel | Glimmerglass Opera
Francesca Zambello stages a new production of Robert Ward's opera The Crucible at the Glimmerglass Festival in upstate New York. 
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Render unto Caesar: An American première at Glimmerglass

Thomas Michael Allen (Catone) © Karli Cadel
Today, Vivaldi’s operas remain rarities. The American première of Cato in Utica at the Glimmerglass Festival (located an hour south of Utica, NY) attempted to elevate this little explored corner of Baroque repertoire.
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Ariadne in Naxos: more Rockefeller than Esterhazy

Christine Goerke (Prima Donna) © Karli Cadel | Glimmerglass Festival
The Glimmerglass Festival's updated Ariadne in Naxos contains comedy, character and great singing.
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