Glimmerglass Festival

Glimmerglass Festival

Saturday, Aug 14, 2021 at 11:00am

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11.00 am WAG

Gods and Mortals celebrates the work of Richard Wagner with selections from some of his most popular operas, including The Ring Cycle and Tannhäuser, as well as some of his lesser-known works like Die Feen (The Fairies).

“At a time when the world can feel strikingly small - confined to a bedroom and a laptop - Wagner’s grand works remind us of feeling larger-than-life,” Zambello said. “His fascination with mythology and the natural world will propel us as we take the Festival outdoors.”

The staged concert will star Eric Owens, Alexandria Shiner and Ian Koziara. Owens has starred in several productions of The Ring Cycle with opera companies across the country and is acclaimed for his performances in several Wagner roles. Shiner, a winner of the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, was set to perform the role of Ada in The Glimmerglass Festival’s 2020 production of Wagner’s Die Feen, and she was scheduled to make her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2021 as Berta in The Barber of Seville, a role she performed with the Glimmerglass Festival in 2019. Koziara, a former member of the Festival’s Young Artists Program and the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, made his Met debut in 2017 as Enrique in Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel.

Gods and Mortals will be conducted by Joseph Colaneri and directed by Francesca Zambello;

6.00 pm TROV

Conflicting stories about the past are at the heart of Verdi’s Il Trovatore, an epic tale of love and revenge with a libretto by Salvadore Cammarano. Co-directed by Francesca Zambello and Eric Sean Fogel, conducted by Joseph Colaneri, and with costume design by Christelle Matou, this 90-minute adaptation foregrounds the plight of Azucena, a woman living on the fringes of society. Latonia Moore and Gregory Kunde star as Leonora and Manrico, the fated lovers, alongside Raehann Bryce-Davis as Azucena and Michael Mayes as Count di Luna.

“Composers have often - out of necessity - made adaptations of their works,” Colaneri said. “In this spirit, we will present a glorious and intrepid season of special re-imaginings for special times, highlighting Verdi’s fascination with his first dramatic mezzo-soprano role, Azucena, as we present an adventurous Il Trovatore.”

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