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

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Mainstage Operas

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Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Music by Gioachino Rossini; Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Sung in Italian with English supertitles

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

Single tickets ($15-$52) and ticket packs now available at or by calling 716-357-6250.

Steven Osgood · Conductor
Kathleen Smith Belcher · Stage Director
Alan Muraoka · Set Designer
Michael Baumgarten · Lighting/Video Designer
Howard Tsvi Kaplan · Costume Designer
Martha Ruskai · Wig & Makeup Designer

Daniel Belcher · Figaro
Aleks Romano · Rosina
Marco Nisticò · Doctor Bartolo
Blake Friedman - Count Almaviva

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.

2inchMarriageRevised small¡Figaro! (90210)

Music by W.A. Mozart; Libretto by Vid Guerrerio, based on The Marriage of Figaro by Lorenzo da Ponte
Sung in English and Spanish with English supertitles

Norton Hall
Fridays, June 28 & July 26, 2019 • 4 p.m.   
Sundays, June 30, July 7, & July 14, 2019 • 7 p.m.

Brief talk-backs will follow each performance. 

Single tickets ($25-$40) and ticket packs now available at or by calling 716-357-6250.

Jorge Parodi • Music Director/Conductor
Eric Einhorn • Stage Director
Alan Muraoka · Set Designer
Michael Baumgarten · Lighting Designer
B.G. FitzGerald · Costume Designer
Martha Ruskai · Wig & Makeup Designer

Matthew Cossack
 • Paul Conti
Lauren Yokabaskas
 • Roxanne Conti
Jesús Vicente Murillo
 • Figaro
Laura León
 • Susana

Vid Guerrerio’s contemporary multicultural adaptation of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro sets the action in modern-day Beverly Hills. Hollywood elite Paul and Roxanne Conti (Count Almaviva and Rosina) are now married with a daughter, and Figaro and his soon-to-be-bride 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.

This Opera includes mature language and content and may not be suitable for children under age 14.

2inchGhostsRevised smallThe Ghosts of Versailles

Music by John Corigliano; Libretto by William Hoffman
Sung in English

Saturday, July 27, 2019 • 8:15 p.m.  

Single tickets and ticket packs now available at or by calling 716-357-6250. General Admission ($45) and Preferred Seating ($55) available. No additional ticket necessary with valid gate pass. Preferred Seating upgrade available for $10 with a valid gate pass.

Steven Osgood · Conductor
Peter Kazaras · Stage Director
Alan Muraoka · Set Designer
Michael Baumgarten · Lighting Designer
B.G. FitzGerald · Costume Designer
Martha Ruskai · Wig & Makeup Designer
Nicola Bowie · Choreographer

Caitlin Lynch • Marie Antoinette
Daniel Belcher
 • Beaumarchais
Aleks Romano • Samira
Marco Nisticò · 
Louis XVI/Suleyman Pasha
Scott Purcell · 
Patrick Dean Shelton · Bégearss

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, 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.

Opera Festival Weekend

For the first time, audiences will be able to experience this unique “trilogy” of operas over three consecutive nights during the Trilogy Weekend happening July 25–27, 2019. Based on the three “Figaro Plays” by 18th century French playwright Pierre Beaumarchais, the three operas trace the lives of characters including Figaro, Count Almaviva, Rosina, and their friends and foes through many years of adventures and mishaps together.

For more information about the Opera Festival Weekend, please visit

More Performances

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

  • 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
  • Master classes
  • Open-Mic Nights
  • Opera Invasions

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

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