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The Glimmerglass Festival to Host Spring Gala in NYC April 5

March 15, 2011

Performances by Alexandra Deshorties, Patricia Schuman, Deborah Voigt and J’nai Bridges

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The Glimmerglass Festival will hold its 2011 spring gala April 5 at The Metropolitan Club in Manhattan. Entitled “Four Divas. One Spotlight.,” the evening will feature performances by 2011 Glimmerglass Festival artists Alexandra Deshorties, Patricia Schuman, Deborah Voigt, J’nai Bridges and surprise guests.

“This is a chance to see each of our unique leading ladies up close and personal with offerings from this summer’s fare,” said Glimmerglass Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello. “This event will celebrate the music we are presenting and offer guests a chance to get to know our various artists. There will also be two special guest stars joining our luxury line of divas!”

The event will benefit The Glimmerglass Festival’s Young Artists Program, the company’s acclaimed training program for young singers. The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres at 6:30 p.m., with the musical performance at 7:30 p.m. Dinner at 8:15 p.m. will be followed by an auction, dessert and dancing to the Peter Duchin Orchestra.

The Four Divas – Deshorties, Schuman, Voigt and Bridges – are all featured in The Glimmerglass Festival’s 2011 summer season. Deshorties will perform the title role in Glimmerglass’s production of Medea, directed by Michael Barker-Caven.A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Deshorties made her Met debut as the High Priestess in Aida and has since appeared as Elettra in Idomeneo, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and First Lady in The Magic Flute. She has also had recent appearances at San Francisco, Seattle and Cincinnati operas.

This summer Schuman performs the role of Carlotta O’Neill in A Blizzard On Marblehead Neck, the world premiere one-act by Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner, as well as the role of Estelle Oglethorpe in John Musto and Mark Campbell’s Later the Same Evening. She has performed in many leading opera houses and festivals, including the Met, Vienna State Opera, Salzburg Festival, Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Houston Grand Opera.

Voigt will join Glimmerglass this summer for her role debut as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun and will also serve as the company’s inaugural Artist in Residence. Voigt is internationally revered in the operas of Richard Wagner and Strauss and is noted for portrayals of such Italian operatic heroines as Tosca and Aida. Most recently, she has been seen at the Met as Minnie in The Girl of the Golden West and will be seen as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre at the Met in late April.

Completing the roster of The Four Divas will be Bridges, a returning member of the company’s Young Artists Program. Covering the role of Carmen this summer at Glimmerglass, Bridges recently sang the role with the Curtis Institute of Music. Bridges has also performed Idamante in Idomeneo with the Curtis Institute of Music, as well as Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte and Mercedes in Carmen with Opera North.

Attire is black tie or cocktail, or guests are encouraged to arrive dressed as their favorite diva or divo. Tickets range from $1,000 to $2,500; tables of 10 range from $10,000 to $25,000. For reservations and additional information, call The Glimmerglass Festival Development Department at (607) 547-0700 ext. 208. The Metropolitan Club is located at 1 East 60th Street.

The first season under Zambello, the 2011 Glimmerglass Festival features new productions of Bizet’s Carmen, Cherubini’s Medea, Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun and a double bill of two new operas highlighting American artists. The double bill features the world-premiere of A Blizzard On Marblehead Neck, a Glimmerglass-commissioned work about an episode in playwright Eugene O’Neill’s life by composer Jeanine Tesori and playwright Tony Kushner, and the professional premiere of John Musto and Mark Campbell’s acclaimed Later the Same Eveningbased on five Edward Hopper paintings. Visit or call the company’s Box Office at (607) 547-2255 for more information.


The Glimmerglass Festival Young Artists Program was established in 1988 as an important component of the company’s mission to promote an artistically challenging environment for young performers. The program provides training and experience for talented singers in the early stages of their professional careers. Young Artists receive opportunities to perform and cover appropriate roles in mainstage productions and work with world-class singers, directors, designers and conductors. Individual song recitals, coordinated auditions for professional opera companies and master classes on vocal performance, diction, repertory selection and acting are also part of each summer residency.

For images of the gala performers, click here.

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