The internationally acclaimed Glimmerglass Festival held its annual National Council Winter Gathering at a private reception in New York last week on February 15, 2012. The evening included a program of French baroque and contemporary music, featuring Glimmerglass artists and singers associated with the company’s acclaimed Young Artists Program. As well, the audience was treated to the world premiere of a new composition by Scott Eyerly.

Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello introduced the evening’s program and the company’s upcoming 2012 Festival, which will take place in Cooperstown, New York, this summer and will feature now productions of Verdi’s Aida, Willson’s The Music Man, Lully’s Armide and Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s Lost in the Stars, a special collaboration between The Glimmerglass Festival and the Cape Town Opera of South Africa. The productions will run in rotation July 7 through August 25 in the Alice Busch Opera Theater in Cooperstown, New York.

The event highlighted commissioned pieces from the baroque, Romantic and contemporary periods, all hallmarks of Glimmerglass’s repertory. Lisa Williamson, a 2012 Young Artist, began the program with a performance of “Caro Nome” from Verdi’s Rigoletto. Performances followed by Young Artist Program alumni: Anthony Roth Costanzo who sang “J’ai perdu mon Eurydice” from Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice and Joelle Harvey who sang “Tornami a vagheggiar” from Handel’s Alcina. As well, Richard Pittsinger and his young son David sang “Arlington Sons” by Scott Eyerly accompanied by Fred Lassen in this World Premiere of the work. Costanzo & Harvey paired for “Io t’abbraccio” from Handel’s Rodelinda and David Pittsinger sang “Finch’han dal vino” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

The Glimmerglass Festival National Council is comprised of major donors, many of whom also serve as ambassadors for the company by hosting Glimmerglass gatherings in their communities. The annual Winter Gathering is always held in New York City, hosted by a member.

Next up for the Company is GLIMMERATA!, the 2012 Spring Gala, on April 10 at The Metropolitan Club in Manhattan to benefit the Festival’s Young Artists and Summer Internship programs. The evening features music, dinner and dancing to the Peter Duchin Orchestra, as well as performances by 2012 Glimmerglass Artist in Residence Eric Owens, David Daniels, Dwayne Croft, Sean Panikkar, Elizabeth Futral, Young Artist Dominick Rodriguez and more.

The Glimmerglass Festival Young Artists Program is an acclaimed program that provides training and performance experience for talented singers at the beginning of their professional careers. The Festival also offers summer internships in production, administration and artistic administration, providing the opportunity for young professionals and students to experience the fast-paced world of repertory opera and musical theater. For more information visit www.glimmerglass.org

Via John Wegorzewski and Edward Callaghan.  Photos by Ken Levinson.