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Glimmerglass Opera

7300 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY
+1 607-547-2255
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Ranked #2 of 16 Attractions in Cooperstown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Operas, Theaters
Description: A popular opera and musical theater company, offering innovative productions and theatrical events every summer.
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English first
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The highlight was Ariadne auf Naxos with Christine Goerke in the lead, currently the best in the world in this part. Also worthwhile were a Goerke concert featuring young artists and apprentices from the company and The Young Artists Bel Canto concert. The loser was Madama Butterfly, of which Act I was so awful that we left after it, so... More

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Niceville, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

to the superb productions, great performances ...lovely setting. Can hardly wait for THE MAGIC FLUTE next year!!!! We saw Carousel and Madame Butterfly!. Excellent singers, orchestra, direction, and we loved the beautiful ballet that was added to the ending of Carousel...pleasant surprise. Butterfly had a strong voice and was able to project herself ...her son was a real scene stealer.... More

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Albany, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We saw the musical, "Carousel" and the opera, "Madame Butterfly;" both were terrific. The orchestra was phenomenal. At intermission, we were told there were "food trucks" where we could get something to eat. We found one, under a small canopy, making crepes, on the far perimeter of the property with no lights. More choices, near to the actual theater would... More

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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90 reviews 90 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Saw a fantastic performance of Madame Butterfly. Better than the Boston Lyric in Boston! Go early and have dinner - bring a picnic or buy something on-site. You can also pre-order a meal from Black Cat Cafe, but it is expensive for what you get. The site is gorgeous, so eating outside is a real treat. I recommend that you... More

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Central Jersey
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Beautifully sung performances with excellent staging. The young performers were extremely talented and impeccably trained. Diction was so good that I did not look at the super titles (very unusual for English). The pre-concert talks were informative. We were PERSONALLY welcomed as it was our first visit. The grounds are lovely. We thoroughly enjoyed arriving early for the matinee, purchasing... More

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New Hartford, NY
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53 reviews 53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We saw Madame Butterfly this summer and it did not disappoint. Each year we try at least one production at Glimmerglass. It is a charming and intimate setting to see wonderful productions. There is always a new twist to give the productions a more modern feel. And the talent is exceptional. If you like opera....or if you are new to... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We saw Carousel and Ariadne auf Naxos. Both were first rate productions with first rate singers. Christine Goeke in Ariadne was amazing as was Rachel Gilmore as Zerbinetta. 5 1/2 hour bus ride from NYC...but well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Generally excellent productions with a very fine orchestra, featuring a mix of world-class artists and a young artist program.

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Utica, New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I have been attending the Glimmerglass Opera since its inception in the 1970s. In the early years the company rose to the challenge of a high school auditorium and produced delightfully inventive and charming productions. After its move to a new state-of-the-art theatre the company began to stage productions that were sometimes a bit dull visually. Since Francesca Zambella took... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The combination of top notch opera productions with fantastic young singers utilizing the best talent you can find in American music theatre is uniquely appealing. Add the idyllic setting on Otsego Lake and the charm of Cooperstown with its museums and restaurants, and you realize that this the perfect summer getaway from hectic city life. The incredibly talented and energetic... More

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