Internationally renowned Guest Artists round out the Chautauqua Opera Company’s 2016 season

The Chautauqua Opera Company’s 2016 season will include mainstage productions of Giuseppe Verdi’s beloved opera La Traviata in the Amphitheater (July 9), directed by Keturah Stickann; Gilbert and Sullivan’s comedic gem The Mikado in Norton Hall (July 29 & Aug. 1), directed by Ned Canty; and a concert performance of Missy Mazzoli’s Song From the Uproar, in Chautauqua Opera’s first ever collaboration with the Logan Chamber Music Series (Aug. 8).

"I am delighted that 2016 shows such a balance between debut artists, former Young Artists, featured roles for our current Young Artists, and even graduates of Marlena Malas' voice program. I cannot wait to share the work of these thrilling artists with the Chautauqua community, " says General and Artistic Director, Steven Osgood.

La Traviata

Saturday, July 9 in the Amphitheater, 8:15 p.m.

One of the most popular operas in the world, La Traviata tells the story of the forbidden love between Alfredo Germont and the glamorous Parisian courtesan Violetta Valéry, and her struggle to live life on her own terms. Making their Chautauqua Opera Company debuts, the “luminous” and “elegant” soprano Caitlin Lynch performs the role of Violetta, joined by tenor Dominic Armstrong, a 2005/2006 alumnus of Marlena Malas’ Chautauqua Voice Program, as the lovesick Alfredo. A former Chautauqua Opera Young Artist and a Chautauqua favorite, baritone Todd Thomas returns this season as Alfredo’s protective father. Additional roles will be performed by 2016 Chautauqua Opera Young Artists: mezzo-soprano Rachael Braunstein (Flora), tenor Dennis Shuman (Gastone), baritone Brian James Myer (Marchese), bass Hans Tashjian (Doctor Grenvil), tenor Heath Martin (Barone) and soprano Abigail Rethwisch (Annina). Stage director and choreographer Keturah Stickann brings her dynamic direction to this new production.


The Mikado

Friday, July 29 and Monday, Aug. 1 in Norton Hall, 7:30 p.m.

The second mainstage opera this season will be a modern manga-infused reimagining of Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious and zany operetta directed and conceived by Ned Canty. Canty’s Mikado, which received rave reviews in St. Louis and Memphis, infuses the operetta with references to modern Japanese animation, fashion and pop culture, including anime, Godzilla and Hello Kitty. Dubbed “the Robin Williams of opera” by The New York Times, bass Kevin Burdette will make his Chautauqua Opera Company debut as Ko-Ko, the town executioner tasked with executing himself. “Possessing a coveted combination of comic panache and vocal prowess,” (Boulder Daily Camera) baritone Daniel Belcher also makes his Chautauqua Opera Company debut as the haughty nobleman Pooh-Bah. 2016 Chautauqua Opera Young Artists round out the cast: soprano Chelsea Miller (Yum-Yum), mezzo-soprano Deanna Pauletto (Katisha), tenor Quinn Bernegger (Nanki-Poo), bass Hans Tashjian (The Mikado), baritone Brian James Myer (Pish-Tush), mezzo-soprano Rachael Braunstein (Pitti-Sing), and soprano Laura Soto-Bayomi (Peep-Bo).


Song From the Uproar

Monday, Aug. 8, in Norton Hall, 5 p.m.
Concert performance with film, in collaboration with the Logan Chamber Music Series

The final performance of the Chautauqua Opera Company’s 2016 season will be a concert performance of Missy Mazzoli’s chamber opera Song From the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt in collaboration with the Logan Chamber Music Series.With a libretto by Royce Vavrek, Song From the Uproar is inspired by the life and writings of the 19th-century Swiss adventuress Isabelle Eberhardt who, at the age of 20, traveled to North Africa by herself, where she dressed as a man, joined an all-male Sufi sect, married an Algerian soldier, and was drowned in a flash flood at the age of 27. Weaving together voice, live chamber music, electronics, and film created by Stephen Taylor, the piece was premiered by Beth Morrison Productions in 2012 and presented by LA Opera in October 2015. Song From the Uproar was written for the “riveting” mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer (who performed the title role in the Chautauqua Voice Program production of Ariodante last season) and dynamic NOW Ensemble, who will perform the work this summer along with five Chautauqua Opera Young Artists: sopranos Laura Soto-Bayomi and Emily Michiko Jensen, mezzo-soprano Kelly Clarke, tenor Anthony Ciaramitaro, and baritone Ryan Stoll.


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Music: Giuseppe Verdi

Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave

Saturday, July 9 at 8:15 p.m. in Chautauqua’s historic Amphitheater

Performed in Italian with English supertitles

Tickets on sale now — order online or call 716-357-6250 








Doctor Grenvil




Caitlin Lynch+

Dominic Armstrong+

Todd Thomas**

Rachael Braunstein*

Dennis Shuman*

Brian James Myer*

Hans Tashjian*

Heath Martin*

Abigail Rethwisch*




Set Designer

Lighting/Video Designer


Wig & Makeup Designer


Keturah Stickann

Steven Osgood

Ron Kadri

Michael Baumgarten

B.G. FitzGerald

Martha Ruskai


** Former Chautauqua Young Artist *Chautauqua Opera Young Artist +Chautauqua Opera debut



Music: Arthur Sullivan

Libretto: W. S. Gilbert

Friday, July 28 and Monday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Norton Hall

Performed in English with English supertitles

Tickets on sale April 4 · New: Youth Ticket $10, call for details. 







The Mikado





Kevin Burdette+

Daniel Belcher+

Chelsea Miller*

Deanna Pauletto*

Quinn Bernegger*

Hans Tashjian*

Brian James Myer*

Rachael Braunstein*

Laura Soto-Bayomi*




Set Designer

Lighting Designer

Costume Designer

Wig & Makeup Designer

Original Choreography


Ned Canty

Steven Osgood

Mikiko Suzuki

Michael Baumgarten

Linda Cho

Martha Ruskai

Sean Curran


*Chautauqua Opera Young Artist +Chautauqua Opera debut



Music: Missy Mazzoli

Libretto: Royce Vavrek

Monday, August 8 at 5:00 p.m. in Norton Hall

Concert performance with film, in collaboration with the Logan Chamber Music Series

General seating — included in your gate pass purchase



Vocal Ensemble

NOW Ensemble


Abigail Fischer+

Laura Soto-Bayomi*

Emily Michiko Jensen*

Kelly Clarke*

Anthony Ciaramitaro*

Ryan Stoll*




Lighting Designer

Sound Designer


Steven Osgood

Stephen Taylor

Michael Baumgarten

Garth MacAleavey


*Chautauqua Opera Young Artist +Chautauqua Opera debut



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