In 2020, Chautauqua Opera will mark the centennial of the passing 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 at the turn of the 19th century. Kamala Sankaram and Susan Yankowitz’s inspiring chamber opera Thumbprint celebrates the life of Muhktar Mai, the 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!

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 Artwork by Alexander Charner

 

Mainstage Operas

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Tosca

Music by Giacomo Puccini; Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
2 hours and 30 minutes long

Norton Hall
Friday, July 10, 2020 • 4:00 p.m.
Monday, July 13, 2020 • 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 30, 2020 • 4:00 p.m.   

Single tickets ($20-$55) 

Steven Osgood · Conductor
Sarah Ina Meyers · Stage Director
Liliana Duque Piñeiro · Scenic Designer
Michael Baumgarten · Lighting Designer

Elaine Alvarez · Tosca
Chauncey Packer · Cavaradossi
Alan Held · Scarpia

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.


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Music by Kamala Sankaram; Libretto by Susan Yankowitz
Sung in English with English supertitles
90 minutes long, no intermission

Norton Hall
Friday, July 3, 2020 • 4:00 p.m.   
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 • 5:00 p.m.
Friday, July 31, 2020 • 4:00 p.m. 

Single tickets ($25)

Kristin Roach • Music Director/Conductor
Omer Ben Seadia • Stage Director
Liliana Duque Piñeiro · Scenic Designer
Michael Baumgarten · Lighting Designer  

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.

Thumbprint premiered in 2014 and was commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and the HERE Arts Center for the PROTOTYPE Festival.


mother flagThe Mother of Us All

Music by Virgil Thomson; Libretto by Gertrude Stein
Sung in English with English supertitles
Two hours long

Amphitheater
Saturday, August 1, 2020 • 8:15 p.m.  

General Admission ($45) and Preferred Seating ($55) available. No additional ticket necessary with valid gate pass. Preferred Seating upgrade available for $10 with a valid gate pass.

Steven Osgood · Conductor
Keturah Stickann · Stage Director
Liliana Duque Piñeiro · Scenic Designer
Michael Baumgarten · Lighting Designer

Wendy Bryn Harmer • Susan B. Anthony
Chauncey Packer • Jo the Loiterer
Alan Held • Daniel Webster

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.”


Opera Festival Weekend • July 30-August 1, 2020

Building on the success of the company’s inaugural Festival Weekend during the 2019 season, the 2020 mainstage season will conclude with performances of all three mainstage productions on consecutive days.

A limited number of all-inclusive packages for the Festival Weekend are now available for purchase through the Athenaeum Hotel and Road Scholar. Packages include lodging at the Athenaeum Hotel, premium seating to the three mainstage opera performances, Chautauqua Institution gate passes, parking, daily meals at Heirloom Restaurant, and exclusive lectures.

 Learn More about Festival Packages 

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. 

For a full list of 2020 Opera Events Click Here