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The Glimmerglass Opera Festival: New Productions!

Join us on idyllic Otsego Lake for the Glimmerglass Festival, where you’ll enjoy backstage access as you learn what it takes to put on the second-largest opera festival in the nation.
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Program No. 16227RJ
5 days
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At a Glance

Revel in new productions! Experience the renowned Glimmerglass Festival in what The Sunday Times of London calls “the most magical of settings” for opera: the Alice Busch Opera Theater on Otsego Lake. This small, lovely lake near Cooperstown is better known as the “Glimmerglass” of James Fenimore Cooper’s stories like “The Last of the Mohicans.” Share in the excitement of live productions enhanced by background lectures from experts in the world of opera. Experience a world where music is truly in the air as you delight in exciting performances.
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Keep the Pace
Motel rooms are at the bottom of a steep slope, requiring multiple daily walks down and back up.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Delight in extraordinary performances by the Glimmerglass Festival opera company at their acclaimed 900-seat theater on Otsego Lake.
  • In special pre-performance talks, Glimmerglass staff reveal the art and mechanics behind the scenes of the opera.
  • Explore the charming village of Cooperstown and enjoy dinner at an historic inn.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. Upgraded seats available.
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Daniel Egan
Daniel Egan has degrees in music theory from St. Olaf, the Eastman School of Music and Yale, where he is on faculty. He has appeared as soloist or ensemble singer with the New York Philharmonic, Opera Orchestra of New York, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and was in the permanent ensemble at New York City Opera. His recordings include “Sweeney Todd” with the New York Philharmonic and backup vocals for Patti Page’s "Live at Carnegie Hall: The 50th Anniversary Concert.” Both earned Grammy nominations.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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