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Music by Virgil Thomson; Libretto by Gertrude Stein

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.”

Performance Details

Performance Date: Saturday, August 1 at 8:15 p.m. 

Venue: Amphitheater

Language: Sung in English with English supertitles

Length: 2 hours long, 1 intermission 

World Premiere performance of this work: May 7, 1947. Columbia University in New York, New York. 

Creative Team

Steven Osgood · Conductor/Music Director

Keturah Stickann · Stage Director

Liliana Duque Piñeiro · Scenic Designer

Michael Baumgarten · Lighting Designer

B.G. FitzGerald · Costume Designer

Cast

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Wendy Bryn Harmer
Susan B. Anthony

Chauncey Packer
Chauncey Packer
Jo the Loiterer

Alan HeldAlan Held
Daniel Webster

Hilary Grace Taylor
Hilary Grace Taylor
Gertrude S.

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Virgil T./Donald Gallup/Brother of Indiana Elliot

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Angel More

Kelly Guerra
Kelly Guerra
Indiana Elliot

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Constance Fletcher

Michael Colman HeadshotMichael Colman
Ulysses S. Grant

Jake SkipworthJake Skipworth
Chris the Citizen

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Thaddeus Stevens

James EderJames Eder
Anthony Comstock

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Andrew Johnson

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Herman Atlan

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Isabel Wentworth

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Lillian Russell

Max PotterMax Potter
Jenny Reefer

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Music by Kamala Sankaram; Libretto by Susan Yankowitz

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.

Performance Details

Performance Dates: Friday, July 3 at 4 p.m. | Wednesday, July 15 at 5 p.m. | Friday, July 31 at 4 p.m.

Venue: Norton Hall

Language: Sung in English with English supertitles

Length: 90 minutes long, no intermission 

World Premiere performance of this work: January, 2014. Commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects & HERE Arts Center for PROTOTYPE Festival.

Content Warning: Due to mature content, this opera may not be suitable for children under 13. 

Creative Team

Kristin Roach · Conductor/Music Director

Omer Ben Seadia · Stage Director

Liliana Duque Piñeiro · Scenic Designer

Michael Baumgarten · Lighting Designer

B.G. FitzGerald · Costume Designer

Cast

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Samina Aslam
Mukhtar Mai

Wan Zhao Fotor
Wan Zhao
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What are Opera Invasions?

A series of operatic events taking place throughout the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution—Opera Invasions will provide a unique, playful, and inspiring initiation into opera for people of all generations and backgrounds.


2019 Opera Invasion Schedule

Opera Invasion #1: Norton Hall Celebration

Sunday, June 23 @ 4:00/4:30-5:00 p.m. - Odland Plaza (starting point)/Norton Hall (ending point)

It's Norton Hall's 90th Anniversary! Follow the music from Odland Plaza to Norton Hall for a celebration of Norton's musical history.

The invasion begins at Odland Plaza (in front of the Amphitheater) at 4pm and audience will walk down Pratt Ave listening to 90 years of musical history, arriving at Norton Hall at 4:30pm, where our Young Artists will fill the hall with sound, ending with a very special rendition of "Happy Birthday" at 5pm!

 

Opera Invasion #2: Opera on the Spot

Wednesday, July 3 @ 1:00-2:00 p.m. - Bestor Plaza (closest to the library)

You provide the texts for our 2019 Composer-in-Residence, Gilda Lyons, to set to music right before your very eyes! Then have your work sung by one of our Young Artists!

 

Opera Invasion #3: Opera Open Book

Friday, July 12 @ 6:15-7:15 p.m. - Odland Plaza

An interactive concert where you, the audience, vote for the repertoire.

 

Opera Invasion #4: Opera Invasion + 

Monday, July 15 @ 7:30-8:00 p.m. - Odland Plaza

A special performance of Terry Riley’s “In C”, with members of the Music School Festival Orchestra.

 

Opera Invasion #5: So You Think You're Louder Than an Opera Singer?

Friday, July 26 @ 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Boys' and Girls' Club

The Chautauqua Boys' and Girls' Club will compete to see who can out-sing our Young Artists.

 

Opera Invasion #6: Grand Finale

Thursday, Aug. 1 @ 7:15-8:00 p.m. - Across the grounds, joining up in Bestor Plaza at 7:30 p.m.

A mobile concert. Follow our Young Artists as they traverse the grounds, joining forces for a grand finale in Bestor Plaza at 7:30 p.m.

See chq.org/opera-invasion-finale for a detailed map of the Young Artists' paths.

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Music by Giacomo Puccini; Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

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 one of the world's most loved operas.

Performance Details

Performance Dates: Friday, July 10 at 4 p.m. | Monday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. | Thursday, July 30 at 4 p.m.

Venue: Norton Hall

Language: Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Length: 2 hours and 30 minutes long, 1 intermission 

World Premiere performance of this work: January 14, 1900. Teatro Costanzi in Rome, Italy.

Content Warning: Due to mature content, this opera may not be suitable for children under 13. 

Creative Team

Steven Osgood · Conductor/Music Director

Sarah Ina Meyers · Stage Director

Liliana Duque Piñeiro · Scenic Designer

Michael Baumgarten · Lighting Designer

B.G. FitzGerald · Costume Designer 

Cast

Chauncey Packer
Chauncey Packer
Cavaradossi

Alan Held
Alan Held
Scarpia

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Michael Colman
Angelotti

Jake Skipworth
Jake Skipworth
Sacristan

ARivard
Aaren Rivard
Spoletta

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Yazid Gray
Sciarrone

James Eder
James Eder
Jailer

Web Guest.Jared.HeadshotJared A. Guest, Baritone

Apprentice Artist

 

Hometown: Lake Mary, Florida

Website: facebook.com/JaredAGuest

Twitter: @JaredAGuest

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We challenged Jared to a 30-second interview. Here is what he told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A: Tosca by Puccini
 
Q: Who is your favorite singer?
A: Robert Merrill
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Iago in Verdi’s Otello and Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: My favorite singing experience was during Verdi's Falstaff, in which I sang Ford. It was such an incredibly tight ensemble of a cast which made the performances so much more special and alive.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: It combines all of my passions: acting, languages, and music.
 
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A: Mint chocolate chip
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: I'm a coffee zombie. I grunt and stagger to the coffee machine every morning like a zombie after brains.