July 30–August 1, 2020

Chautauqua Opera Company's 2020 mainstage season marks the centennial of the ratification 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.

Audiences will be able to experience these three operas on consecutive nights during the company’s 2020 Opera Festival Weekend happening July 30–Aug. 1, 2020, by purchasing an all-inclusive package through Chautauqua Institution's historic Athenaeum Hotel or Road Scholar. All-inclusive packages 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.


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About the Opera Festival Weekend packages

Three packages are currently available for purchase, with limited availability:

A Four-Day Package (July 29–Aug. 2, 2020) available through the Athenaeum Hotel

A Weeklong Package (July 26–Aug. 2, 2020) available through the Athenaeum Hotel

Six-Day Package (July 28-Aug.2, 2020) available through Road Scholar


Packages include:

  • Lodging at the historic Athenaeum Hotel located on Chautauqua Lake
  • Opera Festival Host support to ensure guests experience the fullness of the Chautauqua experience
  • Nightly premium buffet dinners, lunch, breakfast, and Sunday brunch at Heirloom Restaurant
  • Chautauqua Institution Gate Pass (provides access to all Amphitheater events) and parking
  • Preferred seating for Tosca in Norton Hall on July 30, 2020
  • Preferred seating for Thumbprint in Norton Hall on July 31, 2020
  • Preferred seating for The Mother of Us All in the Amphitheater on August 1, 2020
  • Special Opera Lectures with Ned Canty, Stage Director and General Director of Opera Memphis

In addition to experiencing the opera performances 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:

Athenaeum Hotel Four Day Package (July 29-Aug. 2, 2020): Packages begin at $1,368 per person (double occupancy) and $2,069 per person (single occupancy). Taxes not included**.

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Athenaeum Hotel Weeklong Package (July 26-Aug. 2, 2020): Packages begin at $2,272 per person (double occupancy) and $3,325 per person (single occupancy). Taxes not included**.

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Road Scholar Six-Day Package (July 28-Aug. 2, 2020): Packages begin at $2,149 per person (double occupancy) and $2,379 per person (single occupancy). Taxes included.

Purchase a Road Scholar 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

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

Performance dates: July 10, 13 & 30 in Norton Hall

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

Performance dates: July 3, 15 & 31 in Norton Hall

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.


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The Mother of Us All

Music by Virgil Thomson; Libretto by Gertrude Stein

August 1 in the Amphitheater

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.”


More information about these performances and Chautauqua Opera's 2020 season can be found here. Single tickets for all three mainstage operas will go on sale during spring of 2020.