Glimmerglass Opera was founded in 1975. Now located at the Alice Busch Opera Theater, just outside Cooperstown, New York, the summer-only season usually consists of four operas performed in rotating repertory. Glimmerglass is well-known for producing new, lesser-known, and rare works, many of which are co-produced with New York City Opera. It is the second-largest summer opera festival in the United States. 1975 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ...
Cooperstown is a village located in Otsego County, New York. ...
The company presented its first season in the summer of 1975, when four performances of La Bohème were staged in the auditorium of the Cooperstown High School. In the years since, Glimmerglass has grown in stature and scope and now offers 43 performances of four operas, all in new productions, each summer.
Operas have been performed in repertory since 1990. For the first seventeen seasons, all operas were sung in English; since 1992 they have, with some exceptions, been performed in their original language with English projected titles.
The company's Alice Busch Opera Theater, which opened in June 1987, is located along the shores of Otsego Lake, the "Glimmerglass" of James Fenimore Cooper's Leather-Stocking Tales. The 900-seat theate is the first American hall built specifically for opera in the twenty years following the opening of the new Metropolitan Opera house in 1966. Unusual screened-in sliding walls allow the audience to enjoy fresh air and views of the surrounding countryside prior to performances and during intermissions.
The 1999 Festival Season featured the world premiere of Central Park, three one-act operas performed as a single work. The triptych was jointly commissioned by Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, and Thirteen/WNET's "Great Performances," which telecast it on PBS in January 2000, subsequently receiving an Emmy nomination.
The Young American Artists Program, established in 1988, brings singers in the first stages of their professional careers to study and perform at Glimmerglass. These young artists are chosen annually from hundreds of applicants from throughout the United States.
- Glimmerglass Opera Website