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April 03, 2013

A Glimmerglass Opera Gala

By Erin Schumaker | Arts + Culture

A Glimmerglass Opera Gala
Karli Cadel

Glimmerglass Festival, the Cooperstown, New York–based summer opera program that draws tens of thousands of fans to its lakeside theater each year, kicks off the season with its spring gala, Glimmerata, on April 10 at the historic Metropolitan Club. The star-studded event will feature performances by vocalists like Eric Owens, Julie and Nathan Gunn, Jay Hunter Morris and Klea Blackhurst. “We have an amazing lineup of talent, including a lot of the great American singers of our time,” says director Francesca Zambello. “They love what we do.”

Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with performers during dinner before moving on to dessert and dancing to music by the Peter Duchin Orchestra. The gala normally raises approximately $500,000 for the nearly 40-year-old opera house—funds that help support the organization’s education initiatives, including the Young Artists Program, its acclaimed apprenticeship course for emerging singers.

This summer’s lineup includes three opera productions (The Flying Dutchman; Passions; King for a Day) , a musical (Camelot) and a host of other concerts and performances. “I try to give the seasons a big, overriding theme,” Zambello explains. “This year is a celebration of the American romantics.”

In conjunction with the theme, the nearby Fenimore Art Museum and Hyde Hall have joined forces to offer their own takes on early American Romanticism. The Fenimore will feature an exhibition of paintings by 19th-century Hudson River School artists, and the Hyde is planning a literary series that celebrates the work of James Fenimore Cooper (Cooperstown’s namesake), Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. Tickets start at $1,000; 607-547-0700, ext. 209; glimmerglass.org.