2018 Composer-in-Residence

WEB LAM headshotGeorge Lam

Composer George Tsz-Kwan Lam (b. 1981) grew up in both Hong Kong and Winthrop, Massachusetts, and studied music at Boston University, the Peabody Conservatory, and Duke University, where he received his PhD. George is interested in works that intersect music, theater, and the documentary process, and his current projects include the cello-percussion duo The Emigrants for New Morse Code (Lawrence, Kansas), based on collected oral history recordings with emigrant musicians from Queens, New York.

George Lam’s music has been performed by the University of Idaho Wind Ensemble (Moscow, ID), Gotham Chamber Opera (New York, NY), Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Rhymes With Opera (New York, NY), Christ Church United Methodist (New York, NY), Emerging Voices Project (New York, NY), Contemporary Musiking (Hong Kong), Volti (San Francisco, CA), American Opera Projects (Brooklyn, NY), Red Clay Saxophone Quartet (Greensboro, NC), AM/PM Saxophone Quartet, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.

Recent commissions include works for Oak Middle School (Shrewsbury, MA), Hong Kong Voices, the Romer String Quartet (Hong Kong), Asian Young Musicians Connection (Taipei, Taiwan), Black House Collective (Kansas City, USA), and Synergy Percussion (Sydney, Australia). George Lam is an Assistant Professor of Music at York College, The City University of New York, and is a co-artistic director of Rhymes With Opera, an NYC-based ensemble that commissions and produces new operas. For more information, please visit www.gtlam.com

Chautauqua Opera mainstage performances feature internationally acclaimed artists in principal roles. To request an audition or learn more about mainstage auditions for managed singers, the singer's agent/manager should contact Chautauqua Opera staff directly.

Founded in 1929, The Chautauqua Opera Company is North America's oldest continuously operating summer opera company and 4th oldest opera company after the Metropolitan Opera, Cincinnati Opera and San Francisco Opera. The Chautauqua Opera Company offers more than 40 operatic events each season, including fully staged productions in Chautauqua Institution's 4000-seat Amphitheater and in the historic 1,300-seat Norton Hall, Concerts with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, weekly recitals, Music Theater Revues, Opera Scenes programs, and operatic revues for young audiences. Chautauqua Opera productions feature internationally recognized guest artists as well as promising young singers from our Young Artist Program.

General Information

  • nortonseatingchart 122016 external 500Norton Hall is handicap accessible. Patrons with special needs may be dropped off in front of Norton Hall. Please obtain a limited-time street permit from the Main Gate of the Institution for the drop off. 
  • Visitors may park in lots near the entrance gates of The Institution, either Hurst or the Main Gate for a fee. The Institution provides regularly scheduled complimentary shuttle bus and tram service on the grounds during the season.

  • During the season short-term handicapped parking permits may be obtained upon arrival at the Main Gate Welcome Center Ticket Office and there are a limited number of handicap parking spaces in the back of Norton Hall.

  • Wheelchair and companion seating is available only in the Orchestra section. For those who can transfer from a wheelchair to a seat, the areas at each end of most of the orchestra rows are also accessible. Please be sure to discuss special needs when ordering tickets.

  • Restrooms are available in the lobby of Norton Hall and in Bratton Theatre next door.

  • Food and drinks (except water) are not permitted inside the theater.

  • The Chautauqua Opera Guild maintains a boutique of Chautauqua Opera t-shirts, aprons, mugs and fans and many more products. The boutique is open ½ hour before curtain time and during intermission only.

 

Directions to the Jane A. Gross Opera Center

The Chautauqua Institution is located in the southwestern corner of New York State. Click here for Google Map directions or follow the information below.

  • From the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) - take exit 60, toward Westfield/Mayville, turn left onto NY-394/North Portage Street. Continue to follow NY-394 for approx 11 miles. Look for Turner Community Center on your left and Andriaccio's Italian Eatery on your right. Continue past the entrance to Shaw Laundry. There is a beige building viewable from the road and then gated entrance to the Jane A. Gross Opera Center. Turn right into the driveway and use the buzzer to call the office to raise the gate arm.

  • From the Southern Tier Expressway (Interstate 86/Route 17) – if eastbound, take Exit 7 (Panama/Chautauqua Institution), turn left onto CR-33 for approx. 5 miles, then right onto West Lake Rd./NY-394 for approx. 1 miles. Look for Turner Community Center directly in front and Andriaccio's Italian Eatery on your right. Continue past the entrance to Shaw Laundry. There is a beige building viewable from the road and then gated entrance to the Jane A. Gross Opera Center. Turn right into the driveway and use the buzzer to call the office to raise the gate arm.

  • From the Southern Tier Expressway (Interstate 86/Route 17) – if westbound, take NY 394 exit- EXIT 8, toward Mayville/Lakewood, turn right onto West Lake Rd./NY-394 for approx. 5 miles. Past the multi-columned Main Gate building of the Institution on the right there is a gated parking lot on the left and directly after that is the Jane A. Gross Opera Center. Turn left into the gated driveway and use the buzzer to call the office to raise the gate arm.