Changing of the Guard at the Glimmerglass Opera Festival

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Since 1975, the Glimmerglass Opera Festival has filled the upstate air with summers of opera. Starting in September, the company will have a new general and artistic director, Francesca Zambello. She'll take over for outgoing director, Michael MacLeod, who is leaving the company to explore other opportunities.

In this week's Arts File on WQXR, WNYC's Kerry Nolan talks to Zambello, who is currently artistic advisor at the San Francisco Opera and is directing Porgy and Bess at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, about her move to Glimmerglass and the personal stamp she hopes to put on the company.

Inside the Glimmerglass's Alice Busch Opera Theater
Inside the Glimmerglass's Alice Busch Opera Theater ( Photo: Peyton Lea/Glimmerglass Opera )
Glimmerglass Opera's Alice Busch Opera Theater
Glimmerglass Opera's Alice Busch Opera Theater ( Photo: Peyton Lea/Glimmerglass Opera )
Little House on the Prairie at the Guthrie Theater (2008), directed by Francesca Zambello
Little House on the Prairie at the Guthrie Theater (2008), directed by Francesca Zambello ( Photograph by Michal Daniel (c) 2008 )
Die Walküre at The Washington Opera (2007), directed by Francesca Zambello
Die Walküre at The Washington Opera (2007), directed by Francesca Zambello ( © Copyright Karin Cooper 2007 )
Sierra Boggess as Ariel, Sherie Rene Scott as Ursula, Derrick Baskin as Jetsam and Tyler Maynard as Flotsam in The Little Mermaid, directed by Francesca Zambello
Sierra Boggess as Ariel, Sherie Rene Scott as Ursula, Derrick Baskin as Jetsam and Tyler Maynard as Flotsam in The Little Mermaid, directed by Francesca Zambello ( Photograph courtesy of Disney and Joan Marcus and © 2007 by Disney )
Show Boat at Carnegie Hall (2008), directed by Francesca Zambello
Show Boat at Carnegie Hall (2008), directed by Francesca Zambello ( © 2006 by Ken Howard )
Carmen at The Royal Opera House, London (2008), directed by Francesca Zambello
Carmen at The Royal Opera House, London (2008), directed by Francesca Zambello ( © 2006 by Catherine Ashmore )
Disney's Aladdin at Disney's California Adventure, Hyperion Theater (2003 - present), directed by Francesca Zambello
Disney's Aladdin at Disney's California Adventure, Hyperion Theater (2003 - present), directed by Francesca Zambello ( Photograph courtesy of Ken Howard © 2003 )
Boris Godunov at L'Opéra National de Paris, Bastille (2002), directed by Francesca Zambello
Boris Godunov at L'Opéra National de Paris, Bastille (2002), directed by Francesca Zambello ( Photograph courtesy of Eric Mahoudeau and the Opéra National de Paris )
Das Rheingold at the San Francisco Opera (2008), directed by Francesca Zambello
Das Rheingold at the San Francisco Opera (2008), directed by Francesca Zambello ( Photograph © by Terrence McCarthy. Courtesy of San Francisco Opera )
Cyrano de Begerac at Teatro alla Scala (2008), directed by Francesca Zambello
Cyrano de Begerac at Teatro alla Scala (2008), directed by Francesca Zambello ( © 2005 by Ken Howard )
Il Trotavore at L'Opéra National de Paris, Bastille (2003), directed by Francesca Zambello
Il Trotavore at L'Opéra National de Paris, Bastille (2003), directed by Francesca Zambello
Turandot at Opéra de Paris, Bastille (1999), directed by Francesca Zambello
Turandot at Opéra de Paris, Bastille (1999), directed by Francesca Zambello
Cherry Tree Towers at Bard SummerScape Festival (2004), directed by Francesca Zambello
Cherry Tree Towers at Bard SummerScape Festival (2004), directed by Francesca Zambello ( © 2004 by Ken Howard )
Cherry Tree Towers at Bard SummerScape Festival (2004), directed by Francesca Zambello
Cherry Tree Towers at Bard SummerScape Festival (2004), directed by Francesca Zambello ( © 2004 by Ken Howard )
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