The Glimmerglass Festival welcomes Isabel Leonard and William Burden as Artists in Residence for the 2020 season. Both artists will star in The Sound of Music, as well as provide mentorship for the Young Artists Program.
The 2020 Festival will open with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music in a new co-production with Houston Grand Opera directed by Francesca Zambello, associate directed and choreographed by Eric Sean Fogel and conducted by Music Director Joseph Colaneri.
The Sound of Music tells the classic story of Maria, a former novice-turned-governess for strict naval captain Georg von Trapp’s seven children. Maria imbues light into the lives of the von Trapp family through music, even as looming fears of a changing Europe sweep across the Swiss Alps. Classic tunes such as “Do Re Mi” and “Edelweiss” keep this story of love, music, and morality one of audiences’ favorite things more than 60 years after its debut.
Isabel Leonard and William Burden headline the production as Maria and Captain von Trapp, respectively. Leonard makes her Glimmerglass debut after turns at the Metropolitan Opera as Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande and as the title role in the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Marnie. Leonard has also appeared as Rosina in The Barber of Seville at Washington National Opera and as the title role in La Cenerentola at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, among other engagements.
The production runs July 11 through August 25, 2020. Tickets are not yet available for purchase.