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

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.