Glimmerglass 2014 Season, Featuring Carousel, Madame Butterfly, Ariadne in Naxos, American Tragedy, Kicks Off July 11

By Carey Purcell
11 Jul 2014

Christine Goerke
Christine Goerke

The 2014 Glimmerglass Festival, which includes four productions performed in repertory, as well as soprano Christine Goerke as the artist in residence, begins July 11. 

The season includes new productions of Puccini's Madame Butterfly, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, Strauss' Ariadne in Naxos and Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy. The productions run in repertory through Aug. 24 in the Alice Busch Opera Theater in Cooperstown, NY.

Goerke is known for her many Strauss and Wagner roles, including Elektra, Ariadne, Brünnhilde and Senta. She works closely with members of the Glimmerglass Festival Young Artists Program, the company's apprentice program for emerging artists.

"I was a Young Artist 20 years ago at Glimmerglass, and it was my first apprentice program," Goerke said in a previous statement. "What this company does for young singers, you can't begin to know...This program is so special; this place is so special."



"I wanted to remind people that the music of the last century is extremely audience friendly and that contemporary music does not have to be intimidating," Glimmerglass Festival artistic and general director Francesca Zambello added. "The 2014 productions will show you how quickly we go from Puccini to Picker, all with a sense of character and story, and with inspiring melodies."

Madame Butterfly, a tragic love story about a Japanese maiden and an American sailor, opens the season July 11. The cast includes Yunah Lee as Cio-Cio San and Aleksey Bogdanov as Sharpless. Zambello directs and Joseph Colaneril conducts. The scenery is by Michael Yeargan with lighting by Robert Wierzel. Performances continue through Aug. 23. 

Carousel, which is directed by Charles Newell and conducted by Doug Peck, begins performances July 12 and continues through Aug. 22. The classic musical about a carnival barker who falls in love with a young mill worker is choreographed by Daniel Pelzig, with costume designs by Jessica Jahn and lighting by Mark McCullough.

The cast of Ariadne in Naxos, which addresses the competition between high and low art for the public's attention, features Goerke as Ariadne and Rachele Gilmore as Zerbinetta. Catherine Martin sings the role of Composer, and Corey Bix sings the part of Bacchus. Performances begin July 19 and continue through Aug. 23. The opera is conducted by Kathleen Kelly and directed by Zambello, with sets by Troy Hourie, costumes by Erik Teague and lighting by Mark McCullough.

An American Tragedy, a story of love and ambition set in the industrial revolution based on the Theodore Dreiser novel, features Patricia Schuman as Elvira Griffiths and Aleksey Bogdanov as Samuel Griffiths, the factory owner. Conducted by George Manahan and directed by Peter Kazaras, the production features sets by Alexander Dodge and lighting by Robert Wierzel. Performances begin July 20 and continue through Aug. 24. 

Along with the mainstage productions, the festival features special concerts, lectures, backstage tours and question-and-answer sessions with the creative teams.

Tickets and more information are available by calling (607) 547-2255 or visiting glimmerglass.org.