Glimmerglass Festival Cancels 2020 Edition

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Karli Cadel/Glimmerglass Festival)

The Glimmerglass Festival in upstate New York has canceled the 2020 edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a press release Artistic Director Francesca Zambello announced the news stating, “It was our hope to be together this summer, to provide song and story for those longing for normalcy and respite. It is now clear that it will not be possible for Glimmerglass to perform our planned 2020 season.”

Zambello continued, “Through our disappointment, we are choosing hope — a hope that 2021 will bring health and prosperity. In the meantime, we will be heeding the call of the governor of our great State of New York. He has encouraged all businesses to “re-imagine” and “build back better.” That is what we intend to do. We will spend this summer creating unique and interesting content to keep our audiences engaged and entertained, as well as focusing on our education programs and working toward a stronger Glimmerglass for 2021 and beyond.”

Glimmerglass is the latest festival to cancel its summer plans following the Glyndeborune Festival and Arena di Verona. The festival was originally planned to showcase “Don Giovanni,” “Die Feen,” “The Sound of Music,” and  “Rinaldo.”