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
Amphitheater

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. 

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

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 Artwork by Alexander Charner

 

2inchBarberRevised smallIl Barbiere di Siviglia

Music by Gioachino Rossini; Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Sung in Italian

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.   

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.

 

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


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.

Eric Einhorn • Stage Director
Jorge Parodi
 • Music Director

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.

 

2inchGhostsRevised smallThe Ghosts of Versailles

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

Amphitheater
Saturday, July 27, 2019 • 8:15 p.m.  

Peter Kazaras • Stage Director
Caitlin Lynch
 • Marie Antoinette
Daniel Belcher
 • Beaumarchais
Ashraf Sewailam • Louis XIV/Pasha
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, 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.

 

Trilogy 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.

A limited number of all-inclusive packages for the Trilogy Weekend are now available for purchase through the Athenaeum Hotel at chq.org/trilogyweekend. Three-day and Week-long packages are available, including lodging at the Athenaeum Hotel, premium seating to the three ‘Beaumarchais Trilogy’ performances, Chautauqua Institution gate passes, parking and daily meals at Heirloom Restaurant.  

In addition to experiencing the Beaumarchais Trilogy, visitors to Chautauqua will have access to the entire breadth of Chautauqua Institution’s programming. The gate pass serves as a passport to the Chautauqua Experience, giving visitors access to most events on the grounds, including all lectures, religious services, Amphitheater entertainment and performances by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

For more information about the packages, please visit chq.org/trilogyweekend

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. 

Chautauqua Opera Company‘s 2019 mainstage season features Rossini’s classic romp Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Vid Guerrerio’s contemporary adaptation of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, ¡Figaro! (90210), and John Corigliano and William Hoffman’s grand opera buffa The Ghosts of Versailles. Based on the three ‘Figaro Plays’ by 18th century French playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, the three operas trace the lives of Figaro, Count Almaviva, Rosina, and their friends and foes through many years of adventures and mishaps together.

For the first time audiences will be able to experience these three operas on consecutive nights during the company’s ‘Trilogy Weekend’ happening July 25-27, 2019, by purchasing an all-inclusive package through the Athenaeum Hotel*.

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About the Trilogy packages

Two packages are available for purchase: A Three-Day Package (July 25-28, 2019) and a Weeklong Package (July 21-28, 2019)*.

Packages include:

  • Lodging at the historic Athenaeum Hotel located on Chautauqua Lake
  • Nightly three-course dinner, lunch, breakfast, and Sunday brunch at Heirloom Restaurant
  • Chautauqua Institution Gate Pass (provides access to all Amphitheater events)
  • Parking
  • Premium seating for Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Norton Hall on July 25, 2019
  • Guaranteed seating for ¡Figaro! (90210) in Norton Hall on July 26, 2019
  • Preferred seating for The Ghosts of Versailles in the Amphitheater on July 27, 2019

In addition to experiencing the full ‘Beaumarchais Trilogy’ over three consecutive nights, visitors to Chautauqua will have access to the entire breadth of Chautauqua Institution’s programming. The gate pass serves as a passport to the Chautauqua Experience, giving visitors access to most events on the grounds, including all lectures, religious services, Amphitheater entertainment and performances by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

Package Pricing:

Three Day Package: Packages begin at $1208 per person (double occupancy) and $1466 per person (single occupancy). Taxes not included*.

Purchase a Three-Day Package

Weeklong Package: Packages begin at $2192 per person (double occupancy) and $2412 per person (single occupancy). Taxes not included*.

Purchase a Weeklong Package

 

*Offer based on availability. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or standard discount. Package rates are subject to applicable taxes. Dining gratuity is not included in package.

Questions: athenaeum@chq.org • 1.800.821.1881

 

About the Operas

2inchBarberRevised smallIl Barbiere di Siviglia

Music by Gioachino Rossini; Libretto by Cesare Sterbini

Performance dates: July 5, 8 & 25 in Norton Hall

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 Le Nozze di Figaro by Lorenzo da Ponte

Performance dates: June 28 & 30, July 7, 14 & 26 in Norton Hall

Vid Guerrerio’s 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.

 

2inchGhostsRevised smallThe Ghosts of Versailles

Music by John Corigliano; Libretto by William Hoffman

July 27 in the Amphitheater

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.

 

More information about these performances and Chautauqua Opera's 2019 season can be found here. Single tickets for all three mainstage operas will go on sale during spring of 2019.

Chautauqua Opera Company‘s 2019 mainstage season features Rossini’s classic romp Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Vid Guerrerio’s contemporary adaptation of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, ¡Figaro! (90210), and John Corigliano and William Hoffman’s grand opera buffa The Ghosts of Versailles. Based on the three ‘Figaro Plays’ by 18th century French playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, the three operas trace the lives of Figaro, Count Almaviva, Rosina, and their friends and foes through many years of adventures and mishaps together.

For the first time audiences will be able to experience these three operas on consecutive nights during the company’s ‘Trilogy Weekend’ happening July 25-27, 2019, by purchasing an all-inclusive package through the Athenaeum Hotel*.

 package banner

About the Trilogy packages

Two packages are available for purchase: A Three-Day Package (July 25-28, 2019) and a Weeklong Package (July 21-28, 2019)*.

Packages include:

  • Lodging at the historic Athenaeum Hotel located on Chautauqua Lake
  • Nightly three-course dinner, lunch, breakfast, and Sunday brunch at Heirloom Restaurant
  • Chautauqua Institution Gate Pass (provides access to all Amphitheater events)
  • Parking
  • Premium seating for Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Norton Hall on July 25, 2019
  • Guaranteed seating for ¡Figaro! (90210) in Norton Hall on July 26, 2019
  • Preferred seating for The Ghosts of Versailles in the Amphitheater on July 27, 2019

In addition to experiencing the full ‘Beaumarchais Trilogy’ over three consecutive nights, visitors to Chautauqua will have access to the entire breadth of Chautauqua Institution’s programming. The gate pass serves as a passport to the Chautauqua Experience, giving visitors access to most events on the grounds, including all lectures, religious services, Amphitheater entertainment and performances by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

Package Pricing:

Three Day Package: Packages begin at $1208 per person (double occupancy) and $1466 per person (single occupancy). Taxes not included*.

Purchase a Three-Day Package

Weeklong Package: Packages begin at $2192 per person (double occupancy) and $2412 per person (single occupancy). Taxes not included*.

Purchase a Weeklong Package

 

*Offer based on availability. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or standard discount. Package rates are subject to applicable taxes. Dining gratuity is not included in package.

Questions: athenaeum@chq.org • 1.800.821.1881

 

About the Operas

2inchBarberRevised smallIl Barbiere di Siviglia

Music by Gioachino Rossini; Libretto by Cesare Sterbini

Performance dates: July 5, 8 & 25 in Norton Hall

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 Le Nozze di Figaro by Lorenzo da Ponte

Performance dates: June 28 & 30, July 7, 14 & 26 in Norton Hall

Vid Guerrerio’s 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.

 

2inchGhostsRevised smallThe Ghosts of Versailles

Music by John Corigliano; Libretto by William Hoffman

July 27 in the Amphitheater

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.

 

More information about these performances and Chautauqua Opera's 2019 season can be found here. Single tickets for all three mainstage operas will go on sale during spring of 2019.

About the Company

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Past Productions

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Guest Artists

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Composer-in-Residence Program

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Press Releases/News Links

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Supers and Children’s Choir

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Staff & Employment

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Opera Company Facilities

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Subcategories

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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New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212.779.3177
Fax: 212.779.3293

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PO Box Q
Chautauqua, NY 14722
Phone: 716.357.6286
Fax: 716.357.3285

General/Artistic Director, Jay Lesenger: Admin@chautopera.org

General Inquiries: Info@chautopera.org

Audition Information: Auditions@chautopera.org

Director of Administration, Michael Berg: Admin@chautopera.org

Company Manager, Gabriel Estin: CompanyManager@chautopera.org