The Glimmerglass Festival opened its season July 10 with a new production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.  – The Glimmerglass Festival opened its season July 10 with a new production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.


Last performed at Glimmerglass in 1992, the classic Enlightenment tale takes its inspiration from the magical qualities of an unspoiled natural landscape. Madeline Sayet directs the new production in her company debut.


“As a Mohegan and descendant of Chief Uncas, I am honored to have the opportunity to direct in a town and festival so closely associated with the words of James Fenimore Cooper, who famously fictionalized Uncas as the last,” Sayet said. “What other lasts might be undone by removing the artificial barriers of myth and reality? Our Magic Flute is not a journey to a fantastical other world, but a way of looking more deeply into the real place we live in, the woods around Glimmerglass, if you only open your eyes wide enough.”


Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director, Carolyn Kuan, makes her Glimmerglass conducting debut. Sean Panikkar, the Leader in the Glimmerglass production of Lost in the Stars and recent finalist on television’s America’s Got Talent, sings the role of Tamino.


The new production also features Jacqueline Echols, who performed in last summer’s Glimmerglass production of Ariadne in Naxos, as Pamina. Soloman Howard sings Sarastro, a role he recently performed at Washington National Opera.


The new adaptation was created by Kelley Rourke, who provided the new translation for King for a Day in 2013 and last season’s Ariadne in Naxos at Glimmerglass.  Eric Sean Fogel returns to the Festival to choreograph the production. His recent work includes a new production of Artus – Excalibur at Theatre St. Gallen and Washington National Opera’s production of Florencia in the Amazon.


Designer Kaye Voyce returns to Glimmerglass for this production; her costume designs were most recently seen in Broadway’s The Realistic Joneses. Troy Hourie, who designed last summer’s Glimmerglass production of Ariadne in Naxos, created the production’s sets.  Mark McCullough designs lighting. McCullough has designed more than a dozen Glimmerglass productions and continues to work internationally.

The Magic Flute will run in repertory with Verdi’s Macbeth, Bernstein’s Candide and Vivaldi’s Cato in Utica. The mainstage productions will be complemented by special concerts, lectures, backstage tours and question-and-answer sessions with the creative teams.

For more information on the 2015 Glimmerglass Festival and performance dates and times, call the Box Office at (607) 547-2255 or visit






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