Please join us for our 2019 season, as we celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Chautauqua Opera!

 CHQOpera 2019Season


Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Music by Gioachino Rossini; Libretto by Cesare Sterbini

Sung in Italian

Friday, July 5, 2019 - 4:00 p.m.
Monday, July 8, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.   
Norton Hall

Kathleen Smith Belcher, Stage Director
Daniel Belcher - Figaro
Aleks Romano - Rosina
Ashraf Sewailam - Bartolo

In Rossini’s lively comic opera, a young Count Almaviva (in disguise) is wooing the spirited and savvy Rosina, Dr. Bartolo’s young ward. Dr. Bartolo plans to marry Rosina himself, but Seville’s favorite trickster, Figaro, is on the scene to foil his schemes and help the young lovers unite, with hilarity and hijinks aplenty.


¡Figaro! (90210)

Music by W.A. Mozart; Libretto by Vid Guerrerio, based on Le Nozze di Figaro by Lorenzo da Ponte

Sung in English and Spanish

Friday, June 28, 2019 - 3:30 p.m.   
Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 7, 2019 - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday July 14, 2019 - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 26, 2019 - 3:30 p.m.
Athenaeum Hotel Parlor

Eric Einhorn, Stage Director
Jorge Parodi, Music Director

Vid Guerrerio’s multicultural adaptation of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro sets the action in modern-day Beverly Hills. Hollywood elite Paul and Roxanne Conti (Count Almaviva and Rosina) have been married for five years, and Figaro and Susana are undocumented workers on their estate. Hailed by Opera News as “dynamic, thought-provoking, respectful, and, yes, hilarious,” Guerrerio’s English and Spanish libretto infuses Mozart’s masterpiece with humor, heart, and present-day discussions of race, class, and American identity.


The Ghosts of Versailles

Music by John Corigliano; Libretto by William Hoffman

Sung in English

Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 8:15 p.m.  

Peter Kazaras, Stage Director
Caitlin Lynch - Marie Antoinette
Daniel Belcher - Beaumarchais

Ashraf Sewailam - Louis XIV
Aleks Romano - Samira

Marie Antoinette and her court are bored of the afterlife, and bitter about their deaths. The love-struck ghost of Beaumarchais believes he can change the queen’s untimely fate by using the power of art. He brings his beloved Figaro and company back to life in a new opera, loosely based on “The Guilty Mother,” but when Figaro refuses to stick to the script, Beaumarchais must enter his own story. Alternately hilarious and heart breaking, this grand opera buffa is one of America’s operatic masterpieces.


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.