Honoring the company’s commitment to support the artists and artisans who were to make up the physical 2020 company, Chautauqua Opera engaged more than 50 company members who came together virtually this summer to create nine weeks of digital operatic content. In addition to creating digital content, Chautauqua Opera supported and fostered the growth of the 20 Young Artists who were engaged for the 2020 season by creating a Virtual Young Artist Program, to provide these artists with opportunities for connection, coaching, and mentorship with professionals in the field and Chautauqua Opera staff.

More than 30 free public digital events, live and pre-recorded, filled the nine weeks of the season, culminating on Wednesday, August 26.

All of these events are now available to watch on demand. Click the link below to see the list of available video.

 

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Featured Artists

Featured Young Artists of the Week:
Each week of the nine-week season, the company will shine the spotlight on two or three Young Artists. In addition to being featured in the company’s digital content that week, each Young Artist will have a dedicated Artist Spolight page where the community will be able to get to know them more deeply.

Week Nine Featured Young Artists: John David Nevergall and Jake Skipworth.

Weekly Guest Artists
Chautauqua Opera has engaged nine Guest Artists to join the company over the course of the season. Each Guest Artist will be in virtual residence with the company for one week of the season, and will engage with the Young Artists in conversation, a master class, and mentoring sessions.

Week Nine Guest Artist: Todd Thomas

Backstage Artists and Artisans
It truly takes a village to put on an opera, and there are many members of any opera team whose work happens out of the audience’s sight. This summer, the company will introduce these artists and share some of the magic that goes into making live performance happen. Each week we will highlight a new production department in our Behind-the-Scenes series events. 


Featured Digital Events

Cocktails, Concerts & Conversations Series (Live Events: Mondays at 5 p.m. Eastern through August 24)

Next event: The final episode of this season aired Monday, August 24. View this series on-demand.

Each week, one Guest Artist and several Featured Young Artists of the Week will join Steven Osgood in conversation during this 60-minute feature presentation. The hour will also include video highlights from the company’s weekly master class, Opera Invasion events, and behind-the-scenes conversations.

The program will conclude each week with the world premieres of new compositions by Composer-in-Residence Frances Pollock, setting texts by playwright and librettist Jerre Dye. Over four days in early June, Pollock and Dye interviewed each of this season’s 20 Young Artists. Together they investigated the emotional and professional impact of the COVID-19 crisis and the isolation it has created for so many people around the world. These interviews coincided with the first protests in response to the killing of George Floyd. Dye has woven together short texts inspired by each of these interviews into poetry, which will be set by Pollock. Each micro-piece will be for a cappella solo voice. The resulting song cycle will be a work which responds immediately to this unique moment in the world, and embraces the isolation virtually all singers in the opera field are experiencing today. (Listen to the songs that have already premiered at this link)

Weekly Morning Master Classes (Live Events: Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Eastern through August 26)

Next event: The final episode of this season aired Wednesday, August 26. View this series on-demand.

Join Steven Osgood and other hosts for a Master Class Watch Party on Wednesday mornings. Each master class will feature the Guest Artist of the Week coaching four or five Young Artists, working on a wide variety of repertoire. During the events, hosts will offer commentary and answer questions submitted by attendees.

Behind-the-Scenes Conversations (Live Events: Thursdays at 12 p.m. through August 13)

Next event: The final episode of this series aired Thursday, August 13. View this series on-demand.

It truly takes a village to put on an opera, and there are many members of any opera team whose work happens out of the audience’s sight. This summer, the company will introduce these artists and share some of the magic that goes into making live performance happen. Each week of the 2020 season, Chautauqua Opera will host a live conversation with a different production department. These conversations will give audiences a unique backstage look at the many artisans that make an opera company tick, and will include opportunities for attendees to ask questions.

Opera Invasion Series (Live Events: Fridays at 10 a.m., Weeks Two, Four, Six & Eight)

Next event: The final episode of this series aired Friday, August 21. View this series on-demand.

Chautauqua Opera’s fifth season of Opera Invasions is going virtual! With Young Artists spread across the country this summer, the company will put a new socially distanced twist on some of their most popular Opera Invasions, bringing audiences a look at the lives and locations of the 2020 Young Artists as they (safely) invade their hometowns.


Other Ways to Engage

Weekly Spotify Playlists

Each week, two Young Artists will draw inspiration from Chautauqua Institution’s weekly theme and weekly interfaith theme to curate Spotify playlists for your listening pleasure. We hope these playlists provide inspiration, joy, and a chance to engage with these themes in a different way.

Week Nine Playlists:

Curated by Jake Skipworth, inspired by the theme The Future We Want, The World We Need: Collective Action for Tomorrow’s Challenges
Curated by John David Nevergall, inspired by the interfaith theme The Future We Want, The World We Need

See past playlists at chq.org/opera-weekly-playlists