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Experiencing the Glimmerglass Festival

By: The Otesaga / 11 Aug 2016

Did you know that Cooperstown is home to a world class Opera House? Surprised? Well, it's true. The Glimmerglass Festival, located on State Highway 80 in Cooperstown, New York is home to four fully staged professional opera productions each year. In fact, many of the guests of The Otesaga Resort Hotel come to Cooperstown each summer specifically to enjoy not only the comforts and charm of the Otesaga, but the wonderful opera productions at The Glimmerglass Festival. However, if you're a first time visitor, or haven't been to visit us in a while, here are some tips to make the most of an extraordinary experience…

First, comes the hardest part, deciding which of the many wonderful performances you want to see! In 2016, the Glimmerglass Festival will be offering Puccini's "La Boheme," Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd," Rossini's "The Thieving Magpie," and Arthur Miller's "The Crucible." Add to that, exceptional concerts, special performances, and lectures…and you have quite a choice to make! Of course, you can always forego choosing and simply see them all!

Next, you'll want to plan to make the most of your time at Glimmerglass. One wonderful - and very convenient - option is to stay at the historic Otesaga Resort Hotel. Not only does the Otesaga offer a beautiful setting, the most modern amenities, and superb service, they also present special benefits for guests attending the Glimmerglass Festival.

If you want to make it a full evening of exquisite experiences, you can enjoy a delicious gourmet dinner at the resort, offered early enough for you to get to your performance on time. After that, simply step outside and hop on the Otesaga's door-to-door trolley service that takes you directly from the resort to the Glimmerglass Festival. No need to worry about parking or directions, just step on the trolley and relax.

Once you're at the Glimmerglass Festival, there are several entertaining and educational options beyond simply enjoying the opera. You can take advantage of a free backstage tour and see all the mystery and magic behind the curtain, all the inner workings of creating a successful show. Or, come early and learn about the specific show you are about to see in a special preview given by the expert music staff associated with the show. Attending a Saturday matinee? Well then, you can stay between shows and watch the production crews change the sets from one show to another.

Or perhaps you'd simply like to relax and take in the beautiful views around the Glimmerglass Festival? In that case, you can walk the grounds overlooking lovely Otsego Lake, or sit and sip a glass of your favorite wine from the Glimmerglass Festival wine bar. You can also plan ahead and pack a picnic, or be spontaneous and place your picnic order on-site, an easy and delicious alternative!

I know you've heard it before, but it bears repeating…for old world charm, the most modern amenities and activities, beautiful surroundings, and world-class culture, there's no vacation destination like Cooperstown, New York. Please, won't you join us this summer for the Glimmerglass Festival?

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