~Jesus                                 St. Matthew Passion, Bach          Seraphic Fire  
                                               February 15, 16, 17, 2018

~Count Monterone        Rigoletto, Verdi                               Minnesota Opera                                                     March 17, 22, 24,25,27,29,31

~Don Alfonso                  Cosi fan Tutte, Mozart                  National Philharmonic                                                April 14, 2018

~Sam Bankhead               Summer King, Soneneberg    Michigan Opera Theatre                                                 May 12, 16, 19, 20, 2018

~Ashby  La Fancuilla del West, Puccini     Maryland Lyric Opera
  September 14 & 15 2018

~Father Palmer Silent Night, Puts   Washington National Opera
                  November 10, 14, 17, 18, 20, 23, 25  2018

More exciting updates to come

Photo by Valentina Sadiul
The Glimmerglass Festival has commissioned composer Jeanine Tesori and librettist Tazewell Thompson to write a new opera about race in America, entitled Blue, which will be given eight world premiere performances throughout July/August 2019, in the Festival’s 900-seat opera theater. Blue brings audiences into the emotional epicenter of an African-American couple — a father and a mother — who lose their teenage son when he is killed by a police officer. The opera is inspired by contemporary events and Black literature, including Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me and James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, and focuses on the joys and sorrows of bringing a child into a world in which African-American families are forced to question if their sons’ lives matter.

Blue is the Festival’s 13th commission. Although Glimmerglass offers a wide range of music each season, the production and presentation of new and recent American work is an anchor of the company’s programming. With this commitment, Glimmerglass has progressively focused on creating seasons intended to spark important conversations about today’s world by braiding together mainstage repertory and ancillary programs that delve into the difficult and sensitive process of transforming news-making real-life issues into opera.