Mermaid's Zambello Named New Artistic Director of Glimmerglass Opera | Playbill

News Mermaid's Zambello Named New Artistic Director of Glimmerglass Opera
Opera and musical theatre director Francesca Zambello has been appointed the new artistic and general director of Glimmerglass Opera, according to the New York Times.
Francesca Zambello
Francesca Zambello

Current artistic director Michael MacLeod announced in February that he would be leaving Glimmerglass at the close of the 2010 season, his fifth with the company. 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.

Glimmerglass Opera is a professional non-profit summer opera company that presents four productions a year in Cooperstown, NY. The company's mission "is to produce new, little-known and familiar operas and works of music theater in innovative productions…to promote an artistically-challenging work environment for young American performers; and to engage important directors, designers and conductors who provide high standards of achievement," according to its website.  

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