Please join us for our 2019 season, as we celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Chautauqua Opera!

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2inchBarberRevised smallIl Barbiere di Siviglia

Music by Gioachino Rossini; Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Sung in Italian

Norton Hall
Friday, July 5, 2019 • 4 p.m.
Monday, July 8, 2019 • 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 25, 2019 • 7:30 p.m.   

Kathleen Smith Belcher · Stage Director
Daniel Belcher · Figaro
Aleks Romano · Rosina
Marco Nisticò · Bartolo

In Rossini’s lively comic opera, a young Count Almaviva (in disguise) is wooing the spirited and savvy Rosina, Dr. Bartolo’s young ward. Dr. Bartolo plans to marry Rosina himself, but Seville’s favorite trickster, Figaro, is on the scene to foil his schemes and help the young lovers unite, with hilarity and hijinks aplenty.


2inchMarriageRevised small¡Figaro! (90210)

Music by W.A. Mozart; Libretto by Vid Guerrerio, based on The Marriage of Figaro by Lorenzo da Ponte
Sung in English and Spanish

Friday, June 28, 2019 • 4:00 p.m.   
Sunday, June 30, 2019 • 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 7, 2019 • 7:00 p.m.
Sunday July 14, 2019 • 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 26, 2019 • 4:00 p.m.

Eric Einhorn • Stage Director
Jorge Parodi
 • Music Director

Vid Guerrerio’s contemporary multicultural adaptation of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro sets the action in modern-day Beverly Hills. Hollywood elite Paul and Roxanne Conti (Count Almaviva and Rosina) are now married with a daughter, and Figaro and his soon-to-be-bride Susana are undocumented workers on their estate. Hailed by Opera News as “dynamic, thought-provoking, respectful, and, yes, hilarious,” Guerrerio’s English and Spanish libretto infuses Mozart’s masterpiece with humor, heart, and present-day discussions of race, class, and American identity.


2inchGhostsRevised smallThe Ghosts of Versailles

Music by John Corigliano; Libretto by William Hoffman
Sung in English

Saturday, July 27, 2019 • 8:15 p.m.  

Peter Kazaras • Stage Director
Caitlin Lynch
 • Marie Antoinette
Daniel Belcher
 • Beaumarchais
Aleks Romano • Samira
Marco Nisticò · 
Louis XVI/Pasha

Marie Antoinette and her court are bored of the afterlife, and bitter about their deaths. The love-struck ghost of Beaumarchais believes he can change the queen’s untimely fate by using the power of art. He brings his beloved Figaro and company back to life in a new opera, but when Figaro refuses to stick to the script, Beaumarchais must enter his own story. Alternately hilarious and heart breaking, this grand opera buffa is one of America’s operatic masterpieces.


Trilogy Weekend

For the first time, audiences will be able to experience this unique “trilogy” of operas over three consecutive nights during the Trilogy Weekend happening July 25–27, 2019. Based on the three “Figaro Plays” by 18th century French playwright Pierre Beaumarchais, the three operas trace the lives of characters including Figaro, Count Almaviva, Rosina, and their friends and foes through many years of adventures and mishaps together.

A limited number of all-inclusive packages for the Trilogy Weekend are now available for purchase through the Athenaeum Hotel at Three-day and Week-long packages are available, including lodging at the Athenaeum Hotel, premium seating to the three ‘Beaumarchais Trilogy’ performances, Chautauqua Institution gate passes, parking and daily meals at Heirloom Restaurant.  

In addition to experiencing the Beaumarchais Trilogy, 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.

For more information about the packages, please visit

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.