Glimmerglass announces 2021 festival plans

The Glimmerglass Festival will be held in a new way this summer, after canceling last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted: Mar 2, 2021 12:56 PM
Updated: Mar 2, 2021 1:10 PM

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The Glimmerglass Festival will be held in a new way this summer, after canceling last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The opera and musical theater festival will be held outdoors on a new stage built on the festival grounds, with the theme ‘Glimmerglass on the Grass.’

"While this move outdoors is primarily for the health and safety of our company members, audience members and community, it is in harmony with what people love about Glimmerglass — innovative art and performances in a beautiful location,” said Francesca Zambello, festival artistic and general director. “We are extremely grateful to Andrew Martin-Weber for making this outdoor stage possible, and we look forward to bringing amazing performances to you from the Andrew J. Martin-Weber Lawn Stage.”

The performances will begin July 15 and run through Aug. 17.

Featured productions include “The Magic Flute,” July 15 – 17; “Il Tovatore,” Aug. 3 – 16; “Songbird,” July 30 – Aug. 13; and the world premier of “The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson,” Aug. 5 – 13.

A new initiative called Common Ground will also begin this season, and feature six new pieces over the next three years focusing on stories about life in America. This year will feature a dance piece and a film version of “The Knock.”

For more information on features at this year’s festival, click here.

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