- Kelley Rourke
(b Hollywood, CA, March 11, 1937). American impresario. Educated in comparative literature and French, he joined the faculty, in 1961, of the Allen-Stevenson School in New York, where he became Head of the Lower School. Kellogg moved to rural Cooperstown, New York, in 1975, the year Glimmerglass Opera staged its first performances in a local high school, and volunteered to source props for the fledgling company. In 1979 he was appointed its general director. Kellogg presided over the 1987 construction of the 900-seat Alice Busch Opera Theater, designed by Hugh Hardy, which signaled the company’s evolution from a community organization to a major international festival. By its seventh season in the new theater, Glimmerglass Opera had established a two-month rotating repertory season of four new productions each summer. Kellogg’s 26-year tenure saw productions of rarities by composers ranging from Francesco Cavalli to John Philip Sousa, as well as innovative approaches to standard repertory led by directors including Martha Clarke, Mark Lamos, Jonathan Miller, and Christopher Alden. In ...