Isabel Leonard & William Burden Headline Glimmerglass 2020 Festival

By Francisco Salazar

The Glimmerglass Festival has announced its 2020 festival featuring four mainstage works and two brand new ones. The Festival will also welcome Isabel Leonard and William Burden as Artists in Residence for the 2020 season.

The 2020 Festival opens with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” in a new production directed by Francesca Zambello with associate director and choreographer Eric Sean Fogel. Isabel Leonard and William Burden, who are set to be artists in residence, will star in the production with conductor Joseph Colaneri.

Performance Dates: July 11-August 25, 2020

Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” will return to the festival in a new co-production with Seattle Opera directed by Brenna Corner and conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya, Music Director of the Chicago Opera Theater.

Corner noted regarding the production, “It’s not like only one woman is being affected. Every human on the stage, male or female, is an object of this man’s abuse — whether sexual, psychological or emotional.”

Performance Dates: July 12-August 18, 2020

Louisa Proske directs and Erina Yashima conducts a new production of Handel’s “Rinaldo” marking the ninth Handel opera presented in the company’s 45-year history.

Performance Dates: July 12-August 18, 2020

Wagner’s “Die Feen” gets a rarely staged production by Francesca Zambello and is set to be conducted by Joseph Colaneri. In a press release, Colaneri stated, “The seeds of the many great operas to come are sowed in this work. In it we hear Wagner’s Italian bel canto based melodic exuberance and his pioneering development of the dramatic lyric voices that form the central core of his operatic style. The opera is at once personal in its expressive solo vocal passages and flamboyant in its many stirring and soaring ensembles.”

Performance Dates: July 16-August 21, 2020

Kamala Sankaram and Kelley Rourke’s new youth opera “The Jungle Book” will make its world premiere featuring the Glimmerglass Youth Chorus, joined by members of the company’s Young Artists Program, with piano accompaniment.

Performance Dates: TBA

The festival will also present a brand new adaptation of Mozart’s “Così fan tutte.” A compact, contemporary take on Mozart’s opera, “Così?” will upend the classic battle of the sexes, exposing and examining all manner of gender stereotypes. “Così?” will be presented with piano accompaniment.

Performance Dates: TBA