In 2020, Chautauqua Opera will mark 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. Puccini’s Tosca depicts one woman’s struggle for love, art, and freedom in a male-dominated world at the turn of the 19th century. Kamala Sankaram and Susan Yankowitz’s inspiring chamber opera Thumbprint celebrates the life of Mukhtar Mai, a contemporary real-life warrior for women’s rights in Pakistan. And for one performance only, the Amphitheater will once again ring with the voice of Susan B. Anthony in The Mother of Us All, Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s homage to the suffrage movement in America.

Three inspiring women. Three landmark operas. Don’t miss Chautauqua Opera’s 2020 season!

Mainstage Operas

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Tosca

Music by Giacomo Puccini; Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

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.

Friday, July 10 • 4 p.m.
Monday, July 13 • 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 30 • 4 p.m. 

Venue: Norton Hall

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thumbprint printThumbprint

Music by Kamala Sankaram; Libretto by Susan Yankowitz

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.

Friday, July 3 • 4 p.m.   
Wednesday, July 15 • 5 p.m.
Friday, July 31 • 4 p.m.

Venue: Norton Hall

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mother flagThe Mother of Us All

Music by Virgil Thomson; Libretto by Gertrude Stein
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.”

Saturday, August 1 • 8:15 p.m. 

Venue: Amphitheater

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Opera Festival Weekend :: July 30–Aug. 1, 2020

3 Days. 3 Operas. 100 Years! Chautauqua Opera's 2020 mainstage season will conclude with a Festival Weekend, July 30-Aug.1, during which audiences will experience moving and thought-provoking performances of Tosca, Thumbprint, and The Mother of Us All on consecutive evenings. The 2020 Festival, subtitled "Women's Suffrage Centennial: Claiming a Voice, Claiming a Vote," 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 for the Festival Weekend are now available for purchase. Packages include lodging, premium seating to the three mainstage opera performances, Chautauqua Institution gate passes, parking, daily meals at Heirloom Restaurant, and exclusive lectures.

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

More Performances

In addition to our mainstage operas, the Chautauqua Opera Company presents over 30 programs each season, including:

  • 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
  • Master classes
  • Open-Mic Nights
  • Opera Invasions

Admission to each of these programs is free with a valid gate pass. 

Click here for a full list of 2020 Opera Events