2017 Composer-in-Residence

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Hailed by the New York Times as “ravishing and engulfing,” Gity Razaz’s music ranges from concert solo pieces to large symphonic works. With an ear for intense melodies and expanding harmonic language, Gity’s compositions are often dramatically charged; as described by John Corigliano: “…her Middle-Eastern roots have merged with her Western sensibilities to produce music that is both original and startling. She is on her way to becoming a major force in contemporary music.”

Ms. Razaz’s music has been commissioned and performed by former cellist of the Kronos Quartet Jeffrey Zeigler, National Sawdust, Metropolis Ensemble, Canada’s National Ballet School, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian string orchestra 1B1, New York Virtuoso Singers, Cellist Inbal Segev, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, American Composers Orchestra, Juilliard Symphony Orchestra, VisionIntoArt, New York Choreographic Institute, Amsterdam Cello Biennale among others. Her compositions have earned national and international awards, such as the 2013 Jerome Foundation award, the Libby Larsen Prize in the 28th International Search for New Music Competition, Milwaukee Orchestra Composer Institute, Juilliard Composers’ Orchestra Competition, three ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer awards, and Juilliard’s Palmer Dixon Award for the outstanding composition of the year in 2010 and 2012, to name a few.

As composer-in-residence at National Sawdust’s inaugural season, Ms. Razaz presented a series of concerts of her music featuring her 35-minute dramatic song cycle, “Valley of Not-Knowing” as well as a new work for string orchestra and percussion for 1B1 String Ensemble, commissioned by National Sawdust. Upcoming projects include a 60-minute ballet score for Moscow Theatre Ballet, which is scheduled for a world premiere in Moscow in June 2017, as well as a work for classical guitar duo commissioned by Duo Noir(e).

Born in Tehran, Ms. Razaz started her musical studies in piano at a young age and began composing intuitively at age nine. Ms. Razaz attended The Juilliard School on full scholarship, and received her Bachelor and Master of Music in Composition under the tutelage of Samuel Adler, Robert Beaser and John Corigliano.

Learn more at GityRazaz.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.