Pick the pieces for the Opera Invasion this Friday, July 21 from 6:15-7:15pm in front of the Amphitheater

 

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L'Orfeo | July 8 | U.S. Stage Premiere

In this timeless myth of true love and loss, Orpheus, the man who could charm death itself with his music, travels to the underworld to plead with the gods for the life of his lost love, Euridice. 

Ottorino Respighi's re-orchestration of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo (one of history's first operatic masterpieces) has never been seen on stage in the United States. Be the first to experience this essential opera! Hear the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra fill the grounds (from their own underworld in the new orchestra pit) with this luscious and romantic score and join Chautauqua Opera Company for their first performance in the new Amphitheater.

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Don Pasquale | July 28 & 31

True Italian farce returns to the stage of Norton Hall, continuing Chautauqua Opera's dedication to performing operas for the entire family. Hijinks ensue when the aging bachelor, Don Pasquale, pursues the spirited Norina, hoping to trap himself a much younger wife. Chautauqua Opera Apprentice Artists will be featured alongside nationally renowned Guest Artists in Donizetti’s hilarious tale of love and deception.

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Hydrogen Jukebox | July 27 & August 1

Experience the collaboration of two of America's most revolutionary artists, composer Philip Glass and poet Allen Ginsberg, in this truly unique chamber opera. Hydrogen Jukebox paints a portrait of America approaching the end of the millennium, touching on political and social issues that are more timely than ever. Six Chautauqua Opera Apprentice Artists take the spotlight in this work which perfectly reflects the mix of arts and humanities that is the spirit of CHQ.

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Inside the Opera: Hydrogen Jukebox

A Special Studies class will be offered this summer exploring the music, poetry, and significance of Hydrogen Jukebox. Registration is now open at chqtickets.com, under Special Studies. Beginning June 25, registeration will also be available in person at the Hultquist Special Studies office or any ticket window on the grounds.
 
INSIDE THE OPERA: HYDROGEN JUKEBOX
Mondays, July 3, 10 & 17, 2017 | 1–2:15 p.m. | McKnight Hall

Hydrogen Jukebox, which premiered in 1990, is the result of a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between composer Philip Glass and poet Allen Ginsberg. These classes will give you an in-depth look into the creation, poetry, music, and history of the chamber opera. Each class will be led by Steven Osgood, with special guests from the production's artistic team.  Whether you take just one class or attend all three, you will leave with a deeper understanding of what makes this work a modern masterpiece. Enrich your experience further by attending the open rehearsal immediately following class!

More Performances

In addition to our mainstage operas, the Chautauqua Opera Company presents over 30 programs each season including:

  • An Opera Highlights Concert and an Opera Pops Concert with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra
  • Weekly "Afternoon of Song" Recitals
  • An Operatic Revue for Young Audiences
  • A fully staged Opera Scenes Program
  • Masterclasses
  • Open-mic Nights
  • Opera Invasions

Admission to each of these programs is free with a valid gate pass. For more information, please take a look at our calendar page.

2017 Season

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L'Orfeo

Claudio Monteverdi & Ottorino Respighi

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Don Pasquale

Gaetano Donizetti

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Hydrogen Jukebox

Philip Glass & Allen Ginsberg

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2016 Season

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La Traviata

Giuseppe Verdi

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The Mikado

Gilbert & Sullivan

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Song From the Uproar

Missy Mazzoli & Royce Vavrek

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2015 Season

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Macbeth

Giuseppe Verdi

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Eugene Onegin

Piotr Tchaikovsky

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2014 Season

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Madam Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini

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The Ballad of Baby Doe

Douglas Moore

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2013 Season

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Peter Grimes

Benjamin Britten

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Falstaff

Giuseppe Verdi

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2012 Season

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Lucia Di Lammermoor

Gaetano Donizetti

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Manon Lescaut

Giacomo Puccini

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Please join us for our 2018 season, as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Chautauqua Opera’s Young Artist Program and the 100th Anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with productions of Don Giovanni, Candide, and As One.

 

Don Giovanni

July 7, 2018
Amphitheater
Ned Canty, Stage Director

When ultimate bad-boy and legendary womanizer Don Giovanni goes too far, he finds himself tangled in his own web of lies and deception. Experience the magic of Mozart in the Amphitheater! With its perfect blend of tragedy and comedy, larger than life characters and stunning score, this opera is an irresistible classic. 

 

Candide

July 27 & 30, 2018
Norton Hall
Jay Lesenger, Stage Director

The naive young hero, Candide, is plagued by an endless series of bizarre comedic disasters on his globe-spanning search for the true meaning of life. Based on the satirical story by Voltaire, Leonard Bernstein’s effervescent philosophical operetta receives its company debut, joining the centennial celebration of the composer’s birth. With a delightfully tuneful score, including highlights such as “Glitter and be Gay” and “Make our Garden Grow,” Candide truly offers audiences “the best of all possible worlds.”

 

As One

August 7, 2018
Norton Hall
Music and Concept by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed 
Matt Gray, Stage Director
Kelly Markgraf - Hannah Before
Sasha Cooke - Hannah After
Fry Street Quartet

As One is one of the most performed new operas in the country, and its exciting arrival at Chautauqua Opera reunites the original cast and ensemble of the 2014 premiere. Accompanied by the Fry Street Quartet, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and baritone Kelly Markgraf again share the part of the transgender protagonist Hannah in the opera’s sixteen vignettes that chronicle her journey toward self-acceptance with empathy and humor.  

 

More Performances

In addition to our mainstage operas, the Chautauqua Opera Company presents over 30 programs each season including:

  • An Opera Highlights Concert and an Opera Pops Concert with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra
  • Weekly "Afternoon of Song" Recitals
  • An Operatic Revue for Young Audiences
  • A fully staged Opera Scenes Program
  • Masterclasses
  • Open-mic Nights
  • Opera Invasions

Admission to each of these programs is free with a valid gate pass. 

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Chautauqua Opera's Mission Statement

TO PRODUCE opera/music theatre of the highest quality as part of the artistic and cultural diversity that is represented at the Chautauqua Institution.

TO BUILD tomorrow's audience for opera and music theatre, both regionally and nationally, through the presentation of productions of the highest quality, using a mix of seasoned professionals and Young Artists in training.

TO NURTURE the development of Young Artists, creative staff and production personnel.

TO REINFORCE the appreciation of the standard repertoire and to broaden interest in American and non-standard works.

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Chautauqua Opera NYC (Sept.-May)
412 West 42nd Street, Suite 4E4
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212.779.3177
Fax: 212.779.3293

Chautauqua Opera (June-August)
PO Box Q
Chautauqua, NY 14722
Phone: 716.357.6286
Fax: 716.357.3285

General/Artistic Director, Jay Lesenger: Admin@chautopera.org

General Inquiries: Info@chautopera.org

Audition Information: Auditions@chautopera.org

Director of Administration, Michael Berg: Admin@chautopera.org

Company Manager, Gabriel Estin: CompanyManager@chautopera.org