The Glimmerglass Festival has announced its 2018 festival which will explore themes of home and country.
The company will celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday opening the season with “West Side Story” featuring the original Jerome Robbins choreography. Francesca Zambello will direct the musical, with associate direction by Eric Sean Fogel and performances will take place July 7 through August 24, 2018. The production will be complemented by performances of Bernstein’s one-act “Trouble in Tahiti,” a concert featuring his work, and a conversation with Leonard Bernstein’s daughter, writer, and broadcaster Jamie Bernstein.
Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Silent Night” will take the stage as well. Nicole Paiement, who leads the 2017 production of “Xerxes,” will conduct. The scenery will be designed by Erhard Rom while fight choreography will be by Eric Sean Fogel.This co-production with the Wexford Festival Opera and Atlanta Opera was initially directed by Tomer Zvulun at the Wexford Festival Opera to critical acclaim. The production will run July 15 through August 23, 2018.
Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” will get a new production in a staging by Francesca Zambello with set design by John Conklin. Former Glimmerglass Young Artist Joshua Hopkins will appear as Figaro while Emily D’Angelo will sing the role of Rosina. Former Young Artist David Walton will return to sing the role of Count Almaviva, and Dale Travis will sing Dr. Bartolo. The production will run July 14 through August 25.
The final production of the festival will be Janacek’s “The Cunning Little Vixen” directed by E. Loren Meeker and will feature 2018 Artist in Residence and Artistic Advisor Eric Owens in the role of the Forester while Heidi Stober will sing the role of The Vixen. Music Director Joseph Colaneri will lead the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra which will run July 8 through August 25, 2018.
Bass-baritone Eric Owens will also offer a tribute to veterans in a concert entitled “Over There” and will also include the youth opera “Odyssey,” Ben Moore and Kelley Rourke’s take on Homer’s epic tale.