This summer at the Glimmerglass Festival, the buzz was all about Francesca Zambello's exciting new production of Ariadne in Naxos. An all star cast combined with an upstate New York barnyard bash, goats, roosters, and a brand new English adaptation by Kelley Rourke made for a thrilling night of opera for audiences. Rachele starred as Zerbinetta alongside Christine Goerke in the title role and Catherine Martin as the Composer. The orchestra was led by Kathleen Kelly and fantastic costumes were designed by Erik Teague.
Here some highlights from Rachele's critical acclaim for her portrayal of Zerbinetta:
'What soprano Rachele Gilmore proceeds to do as the saucy, flirtatious comedienne is nothing short of dazzling…dispatching her formidable, long, coloratura aria with controlled stratospheric high notes and constant playful motion.' -Northeast Public Radio
'A similar ovation occurred after Rachele Gilmore’s display of bravura in the long, complex and brilliantly theatrical coloratura aria...' -Opera Warhorses
'Rachele Gilmore offers a vivacious, securely sung Zerbinetta.' -Financial Times
'Rachele Gilmore was the most complete Zerbinetta I have heard in the theatre. A true and moving voice was what she had, not just a facile one. She got across the loneliness of the character sharply. She did not flounce; she was lively, never obnoxious. The part seemed truer than I have found it before.' -Berkshire Review