“Glimmerglass”. The name of the opera festival held annually in Otsego county, upstate New York, near Cooperstown, sounds a siren call. It’s not a real location, which only adds to the allure. Cooperstown is real enough, home to the Baseball Hall of Fame and a totem of ghastliness to be avoided at all costs. Unless you like baseball. Which I don’t.

Glimmerglass was a term coined for Lake Otsego, near which the festival takes place, by early 19th century author, James Fenimore Cooper in his novel “The Deerslayer”. When an area of 593 acres to the north of the lake was dedicated as Glimmerglass State Park, naming the festival “Glimmerglass” was a slam-dunk choice.