Classical 91.5


S. Richards

Last summer, when Musa Ngqungwana made his debut in the title role of the Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at the Glimmerglass Festival, he discovered that life had prepared him to play an outsider.  

The bass-baritone was raised by a single mother in what he calls a “ghetto” of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  He says that growing up in apartheid, a system of institutionalized racial segregation and discrimination that existed in South Africa until 1991, almost guaranteed him a life of poverty and perhaps an early death.

But music saved him.

Georgia Public Broadcasting

As a complement to its summer Festival, The Glimmerglass Festival has announced “Breaking Glass,” a series of national forums and a five-episode podcast sparking discussions about how opera and the arts respond to present-day issues. In partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB), the inaugural forum will take place on Saturday, January 13, at 2 p.m. in Atlanta. The inaugural forum offers an interactive livestream of the panel to those interested in joining the conversation. To register for the free event, visit

November 2016 Listings for Glimmerglass Opera

Oct 30, 2016

Classical 91.5 is bringing you two operas from the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York:  A classic Rossini melodrama La Gazza Ladra​ (The Thieving Magpie) sung in Italian, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning American drama by Robert Ward, The Crucible.

October 2016 Listings for Glimmerglass Opera

Oct 23, 2016

This month, Glimmerglass Opera premieres its 3-week season with a production of Stephen Sondheim's musical thriller Sweeney Todd, just in time for Halloween! 

The Glimmerglass Festival, located just North of Cooperstown, NY has announced the appointment of a new Director of its Young Artists Program.

After Robert Ward left The Eastman School of Music in the 1930’s, he went on to study with Aaron Copland.  Ward crafted a musical language that would earn him a 1962 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his opera The Crucible, based on Arthur Miller’s iconic play. (Ward’s son says he remembers finding his parents unexpectedly drinking champagne in the kitchen; that’s how he found out his father had won a Pulitzer.)

This year the Glimmerglass Festival is offering a fresh take on the dark tale of revenge and paranoia.