Glimmerglass Festival to Present Unamplified Annie Get Your Gun in 2011

News   Glimmerglass Festival to Present Unamplified Annie Get Your Gun in 2011
When opera and musical theatre director Francesca Zambello becomes the new general and artistic director of the Glimmerglass Festival (formerly the Glimmerglass Opera) in Cooperstown, NY, in September, she will add a musical theatre production to the Festival's summer line-up.

Francesca Zambello
Francesca Zambello

The New York Times reports that the first musical to be produced under her guidance will be the classic Irving Berlin tuner Annie Get Your Gun, which will be staged in summer 2011 with a full orchestra but without amplification.

Zambello's first summer season will also include a double-bill world premiere: Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner's A Blizzard in Marblehead Neck and John Musto and Mark Campbell's Later the Same Evening. Festivalgoers can also expect productions of Bizet's Carmen and Cherubini's Medea.

Zambello helmed the Broadway production of Disney's The Little Mermaid, as well as the touring production of Little House on the Prairie and the world premiere of The First Wives Club at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. She has also staged plays at the Royal National Theatre, BAM, the Guthrie Theater, Vienna's Raimund Theater, Berlin's Theater des Westens and at the Kennedy Center, among others. She is a three-time Olivier Award winner, and has twice been awarded London’s Evening Standard Award.

In the opera world, Zambello serves as artistic adviser to the San Francisco Opera and has directed productions at the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House and the Paris Opera.

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