Tag Archives: Cooperstown

By George Basler The Southern Tier, during the past year, wallowed in revenge, murder, cannibalism and lust. Don’t panic: We’re not talking real life here, but the world of the stage. For whatever reason, Broome and neighboring counties were treated to three productions of Sweeney Todd, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s classic musical horror story about a naïve barber who becomes a revengeful serial killer. The Endicott Performing Arts Center mounted a production last fall and Tri-Cities Opera in the spring. The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown is currently staging the bloody...
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By George Basler Stephen Sondheim is not a big opera fan. That’s one discovery I made while attending an appearance by Sondheim last weekend at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown. The renowned composer was interviewed by Jamie Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein’s daughter. The two have known each other from the time Jamie, now 63, was a child. Sondheim, of course, worked with her father on the groundbreaking Broadway classic West Side Story. The question-and-answer session, which drew a capacity audience, dovetailed with the Glimmerglass staging of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd as...
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100_0199My son and I traveled to Cooperstown this past Tuesday (July 30) for a wonderful day of visual and performing arts (with a yummy lunch in between). Our agenda: the Hudson River School and Wyeth exhibits at the Fenimore Art Museum, an alfresco repast at The Blue Mingo Grill and Glimmerglass Festival's strong, well-sung production of Wagner's The Flying Dutchman. (Performances continue this month for those of you wishing to follow in our path.) What...

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As BAMirror mentioned earlier, acclaimed Wagnerian soprano Deborah Voigt is returning to her first love -- Broadway -- this summer with performances as Annie Oakley in the Glimmerglass Festival production of "Annie Get Your Gun." Here are links to an "Annie" review in The New York Times and the whole Cooperstown season at the Web site theperacritic.com. If you've seen "Annie" or any other Glimmerglass show this season, please join in the conversation....
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Check out Daniel Wakin's July 15 New York Times article about Wagnerian soprano Deborah Voigt's Broadwayesque turn in Glimmerglass Festival's production of "Annie Get Your Gun": http://tinyurl.com/6jogaff. Also in the Cooperstown production: TCO favorite Jake Gardner as Buffalo Bill. And here's a link to the Times' review of the show: http://tinyurl.com/3fp4uj9. Performances continue July 22, 24 and 30 and Aug. 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 20 and 21, in repertory with three other productions. Details: www.glimmerglass.org. The following are links to Jane...
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