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Monday, May 15, 2017

Glimmerglass Fest changing the way Upstate does opera

The Daily Gazette: The dulcet tones of a bel canto opera are relatively rare in the Capital Region.

Perhaps more rare are the rapping and heavy drums of a hip-hopera.

The Glimmerglass Festival is working to change that.

“ . . . I’ve worked hard to make it more accessible,” said Artistic and General Director Francesca Zambello.

The Festival, formerly known as the Glimmerglass Opera, has been running since 1975, although anyone who knew the scene back then might be surprised at what they would find today.

“We have a real variety,” Zambello said.

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