Glimmerglass Festival Announces 2022 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Glimmerglass Festival has announced its 2022 season, which will mark Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello’s 12th and final season in her leadership role with the company.

The season will mark the return of the festival to its main hall for after presenting this past summer’s performances completely outdoors in the aptly named festival, “Glimmerglass on the Grass.”

The 2022 Festival will open with a production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music,” originally slated for the summer of 2020.

Performance Dates: July 8-August 15, 2022

Bizet’s “Carmen” will take the stage a new production directed by 2022 Artist in Residence Denyce Graves.

Performance Dates: July 16-August 21, 2022

The following production will be “Tenor Overboard” which will weave some of Rossini’s most spectacular music together in a new comic opera with a book by the famed playwright Ken Ludwig.

Performance Dates: July 19-August 18, 2022

The next installment of Common Ground, the Festival’s multi-year initiative of new, commissioned works, is a double bill of Kamala Sankaram and Jerre Dye’s “Taking Up Serpents,” paired with the world premiere one-act “Holy Ground,” by Damien Geter and Lila Palmer.

Performance Dates: July 29-August 20, 2022

Kamala Sankaram’s youth opera “The Jungle Book,” featuring a libretto by Kelley Rourke, will also be performed.

Performance Dates: August 4-8, 2022

The season will also showcase Denyce Graves reprising her role in an extended version of “The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson” in a two-night-only presentation in August. The play by Sandra Seaton with music contributed by Carlos Simon celebrates the founder of the historic and groundbreaking National Negro Opera Company and premiered in 2021 at Glimmerglass on the Grass.

Performance Dates: August 15 & 16, 2022

The Glimmerglass Festival 2022 season will run July 8 through August 21 in the Alice Busch Opera Theater in Cooperstown, New York, and will be preceded by the releases of the Festival’s first two commissioned works on film: “The Knock,” by Aleksandra Vrebalov and Deborah Brevoort and “On Trac I<,” a dance piece, composed by Nicolas Lell Benavides and choreographed and performed by Amanda Castro.