“Don’t you guys miss all the museums and shows and concerts and stuff in the city?”
That’s probably the #1 question we get since we sold our city apartment and moved full-time to Sharon Springs. It’s also the easiest to answer: we go to far more cultural events up here than we ever did in NYC. Between the hassle of cabs, the expensive pre-show dinners, the sold out shows, etc etc., culture in NYC comes at a price. Sometimes a really big literal one.
Our area is actually a hidden gem of museums and performing arts, so we wanted to start sharing a few with you folks who want to come visit us but are afraid you’ll have to spend the entire weekend shucking corn. (You’ll only have to spend an afternoon shucking corn. Other than that, you’re free.)
The first destination we want to share with you is also one of the most impressive. In the country. That’s right…anywhere. What Tanglewood is to classical concerts, and Jacobs Pillow is to dance…Cooperstown’s Glimmerglass Festival is to opera and other singing arts. (As well as other riveting performances.) Glimmerglass was founded in the Cooperstown High School Gymnasium in an effort to bring world class opera to the region. It succeeded…wildly. Now the productions take place in a beautiful state of the art facility on the shores of Otsego (Glimmerglass) Lake. It has debuted many world premieres, and has been host to many of the most talented Opera singers in the world.
Each summer Glimmerglass Festival puts on four shows in rotating repertory. It’s well known for debuting cutting edge shows, but also for amazing productions of perennial favorite operas. Additionally, it usually includes one production from the American Musical Theater world among its four selections. This season’s productions include: The Flying Dutchman, Camelot, King for a Day & Passions
We’ll be attending all four. You can easily make either a weekend, or a whole week out of the festival, which this year runs from July 6th to August 24th.
We were lucky enough to be invited to witness the backstage activities of this year’s production. It was a fascinating afternoon which began with observing the childrens’ chorus rehearsal, and culminated in the full dress rehearsal for The Flying Dutchman. Follow along…