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Eric Owens Named New Chairman of Glimmerglass Festival's Artistic Advisory Board

The Glimmerglass Festival, the Central New York hub for lovers of opera and musical theater, has appointed bass-baritone Eric Owens as chairman of The Glimmerglass Festival Artistic Advisory Board, making him an ex-officio member of the company's Board of Trustees.

The Artistic Advisory Board is a group of artists and opera professionals, appointed by Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello, that can be called upon as a sounding board for the company. Zambello formed the group in 2011, prior to her first summer season.

Owens served as the 2012 Artist in Residence at Glimmerglass, starring in new productions of Verdi's Aida and Kurt Weill's Lost in the Stars. Last summer, he returned to Glimmerglass to perform in concert with members of the Young Artists Program, the apprentice program for young singers. Upcoming, on April 10, he will serve as master of ceremonies at GL!MMERATA, the company's spring gala and largest fundraiser of the year held at the prestigious Metropolitan Club in New York City.

"We are honored to have Eric so deeply involved with Glimmerglass," Zambello said. "Eric is a brilliant performer, and his passion for opera and theater continues when he steps off stage. His enthusiasm for Glimmerglass is palpable, and he has been a wonderful ambassador for the summer festival."

The Artistic Advisory Board also includes Bill Burden, Amy Burton, Joyce Castle, Beth Clayton, Sarah Coburn, Dwayne Croft, David Daniels, Michelle DeYoung, Rod Gilfry, Christine Goerke, Anthony Dean Griffey, Julie and Nathan Gunn, Joe Kaiser, Michael Kaiser, Mark Lamos, Patricia Racette, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Deborah Voigt and Joe Volpe.

The 2014 Glimmerglass Festival focuses on 100 years of music and features four new productions of Puccini's Madame Butterfly, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, Strauss' Ariadne in Naxos and Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy. The productions run in repertory July 11 through August 24. More information can be found at www.glimmerglass.org.




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