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Glimmerglass Festival

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Glimpse Into The Opera ‘From The Diary Of Sally Hemmings’ 08-27-20

Glimpse Into The Opera

‘From The Diary Of Sally Hemmings’


GLIMPSE – 5:30 p.m. Enjoy first look at ‘From The Diary of Sally Hemmings’ a dramatic song cycle that imagines the experience of Sally Hemmings, who was the slave of Thomas Jefferson, as told through fictional diary entries. Presented by Glimmerglass Festival. Visit for info.

COVID-19 TESTING – 9 a.m. – Noon. Healthy individuals are invited to drive-thru testing for Covid-19, free to Otsego County residents courtesy of the Otsego County Department of Health. Registration required. Greenie’s, 2591 St. Hwy. 7, Otego. 607-547-4279.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Drive Thru Job Fair 08-13-20

Drive Thru Job Fair


JOB FAIR – 9 a.m. – Noon. Job seekers meet up to 25 local employers without leaving the car. Just follow the signs, keep your mask on, and get flyers/applications for employers in many different sectors that are currently hiring. Parking Lot, Oneonta Outlaws, Damaschke Field, Neahwa Park, Oneonta. 607-432-4500 or visit

Glimmerglass Festival Out

Glimmerglass Festival Out


Francesca Zambello

COOPERSTOWN – With the curtain on “The Sound of Music” scheduled to rise in just two months, the Glimmerglass Festival has announced it will not host any live performances this summer.

“It was our hope this summer to gather at the Festival,” Francesca Zambello, artistic director, said Tuesday, May 5. “But it became clear that, for all our safety, we cannot gather together to perform
the beautiful season we had planned for you.”

Following Governor Cuomo’s order prohibiting attractions that would draw a large number of visitors, the Glimmerglass Festival Board of Trustees made its decision.

The festival was slated to perform “Don Giovanni,” “Rinaldo,” “Die Feen
(The Fairies)” and “The Jungle Book.”

However, the festival will continue its educational pro-grams, including the 2020 Young Artists program, Summer Internship Program and its local Youth Opera Program.

“Public performances are only the tip of the iceberg,” Zambello said. “Behind the scenes, the company invests an enormous amount of energy in training the young people who make up the future of the art form (through) group workshops and one-on-one mentoring from established professionals.”
The festival is also planning “a robust selection of virtual opportunities.”

The Glimmerglass Festival is late to the table.

Other local cultural institutions, including The Farmers’ Museum, Fenimore Art Museum and Hyde Hall, remain closed at present, but all intend to open as soon as the governor declares it is safe to do so.

“The museum is nothing without people,” said Paul D’Ambrosio, Fenimore and Farmers’ president. “We are preparing for an eventual reopening, with all procedures and guidelines in place.”

Meanwhile, each is offering virtual programs. The Farmers’ focus is on crafts and cooking; The Fenimore on collection highlights and open mic nights, Hyde Hall with a new series on the mansion’s lighting, which was cutting-edge technologically in the 19th century.

“We want to create a virtual museum experience,” said Jon Maney, Hyde Hall executive director.“It’s a good way to keep present in people’s minds, to make them interested for when they can come here.”

Similarly, the festival will take its Town Hall series virtual, starting with a Live Conversation with Zambello and Music Director Joseph Colaneri.

“A huge part of the Festival’s mission is to inspire dialogue around meaningful issues through storytelling and music,” Zambello said. “I am very excited about the prospect of bringing our Town Hall discussions to a potentially wider audience.”

Though Hyde Hall is closed, Maney has invited visitors to tour the grounds and sit on the porch overlooking Otsego Lake.

When tours can resume, he said, they will likely be by reservation only.


Educational Programs, Town Halls Go Virtual



Glimmerglass Festival, as Glimmerglass Opera, has held a summer season annually since 1975. (Glimmerglass Festival photo)

COOPERSTOWN – The Glimmerglass Festival will not host any live performances this summer, according to a release sent a few minutes ago.

“As theater people, we are accustomed to problem solving,” Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello said. “We had already adjusted plans and schedules in the hope we might be able to welcome company members and audience members for a Festival this summer.

“But in considering the health and safety of our artists and staff, and following New York State and CDC recommendations, we must now instead focus on how we can provide an opportunity for people to come together around song and story — without coming together in person,” she said.

Glimmerglass Festival ‘Hopeful’ For Summer Season


Glimmerglass Festival 2020

‘Hopeful’ For Summer Season

Francesca Zambello

COOPERSTOWN – Though New York State remains under a state of emergency until the end of April, Francesca Zambello, Artistic & Creative Director, Glimmerglass Festival, is trying to stay optimistic that the season will open as scheduled.

“We are still hopeful that we will see you this summer,” she wrote in a letter sent earlier this afternoon. With so much unknown at this time, and with all New York State businesses either closed or functioning remotely, we are unable to make firm plans at this time.”

Glimmerglass’ Zambello Advises Fans: Decision On Season Due In Two Weeks

Glimmerglass’ Zambello

Advises Fans: Decision On

Season Due In Two Weeks

‘Sound Of Music’ Opening Due On July 11

Glimmerglass Festival, as Glimmerglass Opera, has held a summer season annually since 1975. (Glimmerglass Festival photo)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Francesca Zambello

COOPERSTOWN – In a letter to the “Glimmerglass family” dated today, Artistic & Creative Director Francesca Zambello said “possible scenarios on the 2020 schedule are being examined” and it will be for “the next two weeks” before a decision is made on the future of the upcoming season.

During that time, “we will be heavily weighing what is happening in the world and our local community, and will keep you updated,” said Zambello.


Summertime In Winter Concert


WINTER CARNIVAL – All Day. Info at

CONCERT – 3 p.m. Enjoy mix of American music for ‘Good Ol’ Summertime in Winter’ concert. Beat the winter blues with pieces like Carousel, America The Beautiful, more performed by Oneonta Community Concert Band. FoxCare Center, 1 FoxCare Dr., Oneonta. 607-432-7085.


Oldest Otsego County Race Continues


WINTER CARNIVAL – All Day. Info at

WINTER RACE – 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Annual 5k/10k Bob Smullens Race through Cooperstown. Oldest continuously held race in Otsego County. Cost, $20/person. Registration 10:30 a.m. Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. 607-547-2800, ext. 111 or visit


Glimmerglass’ ‘Blue’ Among NY Times’ Best

Glimmerglass’ ‘Blue’

Among NY Times’ Best

Kenneth Kellogg as The Father and Aaron Crouch as The Son in The Glimmerglass Festival’s 2019 world premiere of Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson’s “Blue,” on the New York Times’  list of Best Classical Music of 2019. (Karli Cadel/The Glimmerglass Festival)

COOPERSTOWN — The Glimmerglass Festival’s premiere, “Blue,” is on the New York Times’ list of Best Classical Music of 2019.

Here’s the citation:

“The composer Jeanine Tesori, best known for her Tony Award-winning musical ‘Fun Home,’ and the librettist-director Tazewell Thompson tell the story of a striving black family in Harlem with a rebellious teenage son who’s incensed over police intimidation of young black men.

Ta-Nehisi Coates Talks Arts, Reparations At Glimmerglass

Ta-Nehisi Coates Talks Arts,

Reparations At Glimmerglass

Teresa Miller, Senior Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer for The State University of New York shares questions with Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Glimmerglass Festival, August 2. (Karli Cadel/The Glimmerglass Festival)

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – Described as “the greatest essayist on race in America since James Baldwin,” Ta-Nehisi Coates did not mince words as he replied to pre-submitted questions read aloud by moderator Teresa Miller, SUNY system’s chief diversity officer, at The Glimmerglass Festival’s Alice Busch Opera Theater yesterday.

“A majority of Americans have deeply misunderstood how deep white supremacy runs in America,” he told the packed theater.  “We have never fully accepted black people; we don’t see them as more than second-class citizens.”  Coates said that lack of acceptance allowed us to see four Congresswomen of color and Baltimore as not truly American  when President Donald Trump attacked them, “a tactical move I compare to what Hitler did.”

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