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 the Chautauqua Opera Company!

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 Artwork by Alexander Charner

 

Opera Ticket Packs (new in 2019) are now on sale!

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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 chqtickets.com 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 chqtickets.com 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

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

Single tickets and ticket packs now available at chqtickets.com 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 · 
Figaro
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 chq.org/trilogyweekend

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. 

For a full list of 2019 Opera Events Click Here

 

In 2020, Chautauqua Opera will mark the centennial of the passing of the 19th Amendment with a trio of operas, each of which revolves around a powerful female figure who is fighting to forge her own path and have her voice heard. Puccini’s Tosca depicts one woman’s struggle for love, art, and freedom at the turn of the 19th century. Kamala Sankaram and Susan Yankowitz’s inspiring chamber opera Thumbprint celebrates the life of Muhktar Mai, the contemporary real-life warrior for women’s rights in Pakistan. And for one performance only, the Amphitheater will once again ring with the voice of Susan B. Anthony in The Mother of Us All, Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s homage to the suffrage movement in America.

Three inspiring women. Three landmark operas. Don’t miss Chautauqua Opera’s 2020 season!

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Mainstage Operas

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Tosca

Music by Giacomo Puccini; Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
2 hours and 30 minutes long

Norton Hall
Friday, July 10, 2020 • 4:00 p.m.
Monday, July 13, 2020 • 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 30, 2020 • 4:00 p.m.   

Single tickets ($15-$52) 

Steven Osgood · Conductor
Sarah Ina Meyers · Stage Director
Liliana Duque Piñeiro · Scenic Designer
Michael Baumgarten · Lighting Designer

Elaine Alvarez · Tosca
Chauncey Packer · Cavaradossi
Alan Held · Scarpia

Puccini’s glorious score brings to life one woman’s struggle for love, art, and freedom in a male-dominated world at the turn of the 19th century. Religion, politics, and passion collide in this stirring work.


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Music by Kamala Sankaram; Libretto by Susan Yankowitz
Sung in English with English supertitles
90 minutes long, no intermission

Norton Hall
Friday, July 3, 2020 • 4:00 p.m.   
Sunday, July 5, 2020 • 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 31, 2020 • 4:00 p.m. 

Single tickets ($25)

Kristin Roach • Music Director/Conductor
Omer Ben Seadia • Stage Director
Liliana Duque Piñeiro · Scenic Designer
Michael Baumgarten · Lighting Designer  

Thumbprint is a chamber opera inspired by the experiences of Mukhtar Mai, a contemporary real-life warrior for women’s rights and education in Pakistan. Sankaram’s dynamic score blends Hindustani and European opera influences to tell this astonishing story of courage in the face of oppression.

Thumbprint premiered in 2014 and was commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and the HERE Arts Center for the PROTOTYPE Festival.


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Music by Virgil Thomson; Libretto by Gertrude Stein
Sung in English with English supertitles
Two hours long

Amphitheater
Saturday, August 1, 2020 • 8:15 p.m.  

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
Keturah Stickann · Stage Director
Liliana Duque Piñeiro · Scenic Designer
Michael Baumgarten · Lighting Designer

Wendy Bryn Harmer • Susan B. Anthony
Chauncey Packer • Jo the Loiterer
Alan Held • Daniel Webster

For one performance only, Chautauqua’s Amphitheater will once again ring with the voice of Susan B. Anthony in Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s joyfully surrealist homage to one of the foremothers of our country and the suffrage movement in America. This performance will bookend Chautauqua Institution’s Week Five programming, themed “The Women’s Vote Centennial and Beyond.”


Opera Festival Weekend • July 30-August 1, 2020

Building on the success of the company’s inaugural Festival Weekend during the 2019 season, the 2020 mainstage season will conclude with performances of all three mainstage productions on consecutive days.

A limited number of all-inclusive packages for the Festival Weekend are currently available for purchase through Road Scholar. These six-day packages (July 28 to Aug. 2, 2020) include lodging at the Athenaeum Hotel, premium seating to the three opera performances, Chautauqua Institution gate passes, parking, daily meals at Heirloom Restaurant, and exclusive programming.

Additional package options will be available through Chautauqua Institution's Athenaeum Hotel beginning Fall 2019.

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. 

For a full list of 2020 Opera Events Click Here

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, July 2527.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

How can I purchase tickets?

You have two options: You can purchase an Opera Ticket Pack (includes premium seating options, $66–$138), or you can purchase single tickets ($15–$52, depending on the opera). For the most comprehensive service, we recommend calling 716-357-6250 to purchase or visiting the Main Gate Ticket Office.

Do I need an additional gate pass?

Your ticket for the 7:30 p.m. performance of Il Barbiere di Siviglia permits entry to the Chautauqua Institution grounds from 4 p.m. to midnight. If you would like to enter the grounds before 4 p.m., you will need to purchase an additional gate pass at the Welcome Center Ticket Office.

Your ticket for the 4 p.m. performance of ¡Figaro! (90210) permits entry to the Chautauqua Institution grounds from noon to 4 p.m. If you would like to enter the grounds before noon, you will need to purchase an additional gate pass at the Welcome Center Ticket Office.

Your ticket for the 8:15pm performance of The Ghosts of Versailles permits entry to the Chautauqua Institution grounds from 4 p.m. to midnight. If you would like to enter the grounds before 4 p.m., you will need to purchase an additional gate pass at the Welcome Center Ticket Office.

Do you have recommendations for lodging?

We recommend booking your stay with the Chautauqua Suites or Chautauqua Harbor Hotel. For information at additional lodging on and off the grounds, please visit chq.org/accommodations.

Is parking available at Chautauqua Institution?

Daily visitors to Chautauqua park in the Main Lot located across the street from the Main Gate Welcome Center on Route 394. You may walk from the parking lot or take a complimentary shuttle to the Main Gate Welcome Center. Parking in the main lot is $10/day.

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About the Operas

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Music by Gioachino Rossini; Libretto by Cesare Sterbini

Performance dates: July 5, 8 & 25 in Norton Hall (Reserved seating, click link for seating chart)

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 (Reserved seating, click link for seating chart)

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 (General seating/premium seating section available, click link for seating chart)

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.

About the Company

0708 Opera RLG03master 2Founded in 1929, the Chautauqua Opera Company is North America's oldest continuously operating summer opera company and fourth-oldest opera company after the Metropolitan Opera, Cincinnati Opera and San Francisco Opera. 

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Past Productions

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Guest Artists

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Composer-in-Residence Program

Gity Razaz Composer in ResidenceIn July/August 2016, American Opera Projects and Chautauqua Opera launched a multi-year Composer-in-Residence initiative. Each summer one alumni of AOP's Composers & the Voice Fellowship will be invited to be in residence for Chautauqua Opera's entire eight-week season.

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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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Phone: 212.779.3177
Fax: 212.779.3293

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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