The Metropolitan Club in Manhattan was lit up in glittery glamor at GL!MMERATA!, the 2012 Glimmerglass Festival Spring Gala to benefit the company’s Young Artists and Summer Internship programs. The evening featured music, dinner and dancing, as well as performances by 2012 Glimmerglass Artist in Residence Eric Owens, David Daniels, Dwayne Croft, Sean Panikkar, Elizabeth Futral, Young Artist Dominick Rodriguez and more.

The Glimmerglass Festival celebrates opera with four innovative productions, including one American musical, every summer in Cooperstown, NY. These four productions are supplemented by special performances, cabarets, concerts, lectures and symposiums throughout the season.

The evening began with a cocktail reception welcoming guests from throughout Manhattan’s art and opera elite, including corporate leaders and entertainment veterans. Among those in attendance were Suzy Gooch, Kevin and Ayan Clunis, and Metropolitan baritone Eric Owens.

The reception was then followed by the night’s performances, which began with comical opening remarks from the night’s host Glimmerglass Festival Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello. Eric Owens then took the stage with a beautiful rendition of Lost in the Stars from the Anderson and Weill opera of the same name. The Glimmerglass Festival, has announced that it will present Lost in the Stars in a co-production with Cape Town Opera between July and August of this year. Owens set the bar high for the rest of the evening. His vocal capacity has grown and matured through the years, surely seasoned at the Met, and that night he was at his best.

Other performance highlights included Khea Blackhurst’s “Taking a Chance on Love” from Duke’s Cabin in the Sky; the night’s nod to musical theater, and Ginger Costa-Jackson’s rendition of “Pirate Jenny” from Weill’s The Threepenny Opera.  Costa-Jackson brought audiences to their feet at the last Glimmerglass Festival with her stunning performance of the title role in the Bizet opera Carmen, a role it seems she was born to play.

The performances were followed by dinner and dancing as the event’s special guests and festival patrons toasted the success of previous Glimmerglass alums and artists in residence.

Glimmerglass has for decades been a musical getaway for Manhattan’s music community, and has risen to garner international attention including   This summer drive up to the Finger Lakes and see Aida, The Music Man, Armide, and Lost in the Stars.

– Darrel

Photos by Karli Cadeli