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.


Opera Events 2018 DonGiovanniDon Giovanni

Saturday July 7, 2018 - 8:15 p.m.   Purchase Tickets

Ned Canty, Stage Director
David Adam Moore - Don Giovanni
Richard Bernstein - Leporello

When 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. 


Opera Events 2018 CandideCandide

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.   Purchase Tickets
Monday, July 30, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.   Purchase Tickets
Norton Hall

Jay Lesenger, Stage Director
Mara Newbery Greer, Choreographer
Robert Orth - Voltaire/Pangloss/Martin
Leann Sandel-Pantaleo - The Old Lady

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 sharply satirical story of innocence lost by Voltaire, Leonard Bernstein’s darkly funny 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.”


Opera Events 2018 AsOneAs One

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.   Purchase Tickets
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 Opera 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. 

About the Company

0708 Opera RLG03master 2Founded in 1929, the Chautauqua Opera Company is North America's oldest continuously operating summer opera company and fourth-oldest opera company after the Metropolitan Opera, Cincinnati Opera and San Francisco Opera. 

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Past Productions

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Guest Artists

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Composer-in-Residence Program

Gity Razaz Composer in ResidenceIn July/August 2016, American Opera Projects and Chautauqua Opera launched a multi-year Composer-in-Residence initiative. Each summer one alumni of AOP's Composers & the Voice Fellowship will be invited to be in residence for Chautauqua Opera's entire eight-week season.

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Press Releases/News Links

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Supers and Children’s Choir

TheClowns 0151"Supers" people of all ages who volunteer their time and act as "extras" in Chautauqua Opera productions. Volunteers may perform as waiters, guards, townsfolk, etc., according to the production's needs.

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Staff & Employment

07XX16 FEAT OperaCrew CB 02Steven Osgood is the General and Artistic Director of the Chautauqua Opera Company and Carol Rausch is the Music Administrator/Chorus Master.

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Opera Company Facilities

norton hallDuring the season, the Chautauqua Opera Company uses Norton Hall and the Jane A. Gross Opera Center.

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Young Artist Program

OperaHighlightsConcert8071815 RW masterChautauqua Opera's Young Artist Program was established in 1968. Now under the supervision of Artistic/General Director Steven Osgood, and Carol Rausch, Music Administrator/Chorus Master, it is recognized as one of the best training programs for young singers in America today.

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2018 Young Artists

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2017 Young Artists

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Audition FAQs

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Opera Invasion Grand Finale

The event plan: Each Young Artist will start at a different place on the grounds at 7:15pm, singing opera at the top of their lungs. As they walk toward Bestor Plaza, they will meet up with some of their fellow artists to form duets, trios, and quartets. Five groups will then arrive in Bestor Plaza at 7:30pm, where Steven Osgood will lead the artists and community in a sing-a-long from 7:30-7:45pm.

There are several ways you can enjoy the Opera Invasion Grand Finale!

You could pick your favorite Young Artist to follow from their starting point all the way to Bestor Plaza.

You could wait at a convergence point and follow the duet or quartet from that point.

Or you could wait at Bestor Plaza for all of the artists to converge at 7:30pm.


See the map below (or click here) for all of the artists' routes. Scroll down for a detailed list of starting and convergence points.

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Starting points (7:15pm)
Don Pasquale chorus (purple)
Spencer - Whittier, by the Arboretum - R,8
Tascha - Bryant, far East hill - T,7
Chelsea Bolter - South Lake, by the tennis courts - S,6
Kameron - Lenna Hall - H,8

Hydrogen Jukebox cast (green)
Eric - Palestine & Whythe - M,6
Evan - South Lake Drive & Haven - Q,5
Mario - Heather's Inn on Miller - L,6
Natalie - South Terrace & Vincent - L,4
Helen - Simpson & Vincent - L,4
Chelsea Friedlander - North Lake Drive & McClintock - H,4

L'Orfeo group (orange)
Jacob - The Bell Tower - L,1
Megan - Root & Whythe, behind Bratton Theater - I,6
Alaysha - near Prendergast Playground at Turner - D,9
Ricardo - Andrews & McClintock - H,5

Hydrogen Jukebox covers (brown)
Frank - Elm st, close to the lake - B,6
Emily Howes - North Lake Drive & Evergreen - D,5
Omar - North Lake Drive & Hurst - H,4
Blake - near the Elm gate - B,8
Emily Jensen - Harper st - C,9
Tookah - Scott, near Strohl Art Center - I,7

Norinas and Ernestos (pink)
Arnold - Mabel Powers Firecircle - R,6
Laura - Emerson & Wythe- R,8
Andrew - Cookman, near the Hall of Philosophy - 6,9
Rebekah - Massey near the Main gate - L,8

Convergence points (Approximately 7:20-7:25pm)
Don Pasquale chorus (purple)
South gate - Spencer & Kameron
Hall of christ - Tascha & Chelsea Bolter
Lincoln Park - All

Hydrogen Jukebox cast (green)
Sports club - Evan, Eric & Mario
The Gleason Hotel - Natalie, Helen & Chelsea Friedlander
Miller Park - All

L'Orfeo group (orange)
Lenna Hall - Ricardo & Alaysha
The bookstore - Jacob & Megan
Palestine & Vincent Brick Walk - All

Hydrogen Jukebox covers (brown)
Pratt & Evergreen - Omar, Frank, Blake
Hedding & Palestine - Tookah, Emily Jensen, Emily Howes
Pratt & Hurst -All

Norinas and Ernestos (pink)
Smith Wilkes Hall - Laura & Arnold
Pratt & Scott - Rebekah & Andrew
Bestor Plaza -All


Grand Finale (7:30-7:45pm)
A sing-a-long in Bestor Plaza


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:

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