Women's Suffrage Centennial: Claiming a Voice, Claiming a Vote

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. The festival will shed light on the fight for suffrage in the United States, victories women have fought for throughout history, and ongoing challenges they face worldwide today.  

In addition to experiencing this unique trio of operas and exclusive opera lectures, guests attending Opera Festival Weekend will have access to the entire breadth of Chautauqua Institution’s programming, including lectures, religious services, Amphitheater entertainment and performances by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, as well as water sports and outdoor leisure activities. 

A limited number of all-inclusive packages are now available for purchase through Chautauqua Suites or Road Scholar. Scroll down for more information about Festival Weekend Packages.

 

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About the Opera Festival Weekend packages

Two 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

A Four-Night, Five-Day Package (July 29–Aug. 2, 2020) available through Chautauqua Suites, located 3 miles from Chautauqua Institution with free shuttle transportation to and from the grounds

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


Four Day Athenaeum Package (July 29–Aug. 2, 2020)

Weeklong Athenaeum Package (July 26-Aug. 2, 2020)

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.

Purchase Package: 
Limited availability for both packages. Call 1.800.821.1881 to purchase.

*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 and are based on a standard room. Dining gratuity is not included in package.

Questions: athenaeum@chq.org • 1.800.821.1881


Four-Night, Five-Day Package (July 29–Aug. 2, 2020) available through Chautauqua Suites

Package includes:

  • Lodging and free daily shuttle to and from Chautauqua (shuttle runs all day and night)
  • Opera Festival Host support to ensure guests experience the fullness of the Chautauqua experience
  • Hot breakfast daily at Chautauqua Suites
  • Optional (pay as you go) premium buffet dinners and lunches daily with Opera Festival group at the Heirloom Restaurant
  • Chautauqua Institution Gate Pass (provides access to all Amphitheater events)
  • 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

Package Pricing:
Room rate (single or double occupancy)—$691.56 (book directly with hotel by calling 716-269-7829)

Premium Seat Show Tickets and 4-day Chautauqua Gate Pass Per Person—$378 (Call or email Chautauqua Ticket Office to order: 716-357-6259 or ticketoffice@chq.org)

Optional Lunch and Dinner Menus and Pricing will be posted soon. You may add on valet parking if you wish for $25/day or main lot parking for $10/day.

Questions? Contact Sara Noble at sara@chautopera.org


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

Package includes:

  • 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:
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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Tosca

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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Thumbprint

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

 

Chautauqua Opera's Festival Weekend is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Read the press release here