During the past few years, Glimmerglass Festival has set an example to other summer festivals with unusually creative programs. Last summer’s choices ranged from Rossini’s ‘La Gazza Ladra’ to Robert Ward’s ‘The Crucible’ and Sondheim’s ‘Sweeney Todd’. Now under the leadership of the dynamic General & Artistic Director Francesca Zambello, the 2017 Festival promises to be equally stimulating. Maintaining the company’s proven record of refreshing stagings, all of the operas will again be presented in new productions

This summer marks the forty-second season of the firmly established Festival. All opera enthusiasts owe it to themselves to discover the vibrant atmosphere of Glimmerglass, where our open-air trolleys drive along the lake from Cooperstown for transfers to the theatre. 

In order of chronology, this summer’s four new productions will be George Frideric Handel’s 18th century ‘opera seria’, Xerxes; Gaetano Donizetti’s ‘bel canto’ rarity, The Siege of Calais; George Gershwin’s classic ‘folk opera’, Porgy and Bess, first performed in 1935; and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ground-breaking Broadway musical, Oklahoma (1943), reflecting Francesca Zambello’s continuing commitment to the tradition of great American musicals. 

In addition to the four major productions, we are fortunate that our dates coincide with the highly anticipated one-act opera by Derrick Wang entitled Scalia/Ginsburg. This provocative new work will be followed by a question/answer period led by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg herself.

While accommodations are impossible to find on your own, we have secured a four-night stay at Cooperstown’s leading Otesaga Hotel – everyone’s first choice for a visit to Lake Otesaga and Glimmerglass. 

For the past twenty-one summers, Glimmerglass Festival has been the primary destination of our Hudson Valley Tour and has elicited unanimous approval for the high quality of the productions.  Moreover, the natural scenic beauty of the landscape around Cooperstown and Lake Otsego has proven to be an unexpected discovery for many of our regular travelers from all parts of the country.  Some of our friends have returned to Cooperstown with us repeatedly, not wanting to miss any new productions in the idyllic setting of the Alice Busch Opera Theatre on the shores of crystal-clear Lake Otsego.

Accommodations for four nights with a lavish buffet breakfast included at the deluxe Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown, a fully equipped resort with outdoor pool, extensive dining facilities, tennis courts and golf course.  This famous establishment boasts an idyllic setting on the shore of Lake Otsego, with clear waters to rival the mountain lakes of Switzerland.  The Otesaga is expensive but will add immeasurably to your enjoyment of our tour. (Our confirmation is upgraded to ‘Lake View’ for all of the 15 rooms in our contract.)


Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)

Double Occupancy: $2,885
Single Occupancy: $3,670