All nine weeks of digital content during the 2020 summer season are now archived for on demand viewing on Chautauqua Institution's Virtual Porch platform. Explore the index below for direct links to all of the opera videos that are currently available to view on demand.

(For more live and on demand content, including hundreds of lectures, master classes, conversations and presentations that span the breadth of Chautauqua Institution's programming, visit the CHQ Assembly and Virtual Porch platforms)


Cocktails, Concerts and Conversations Events

Each week, one Guest Artist and several Featured Young Artists of the Week joined Steven Osgood in conversation during our feature presentation. The hour included video highlights from the company’s weekly master class, Opera Invasion events, and Behind-the-Scenes conversations and concluded each week with the world premieres of new compositions by Composer-in-Residence Frances Pollock, setting texts by playwright and librettist Jerre Dye. 

Cocktails, Concerts and Conversations #1, June 29
Featuring Guest Artist Caitlin Lynch, Young Artists Celeste Godin and Michael Miller, and Props Master & Scenic Artist Theresa Pierce.

Cocktails, Concerts and Conversations #2, July 6
Featuring Guest Artist Raehann Bryce-Davis, Young Artists Yazid Gray, Nicole Heinen and Max Potter, and Costume Supervisor B.G. FitzGerald.

Cocktails, Concerts and Conversations #3, July 13
Featuring Guest Artist Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Young Artists Kelly Guerra and Hilary Grace Taylor, and Music Administrator and Chorus Master Carol Rausch.

Cocktails, Concerts and Conversations #4, July 20
Featuring Guest Artist Alan Held, Young Artists Zachary Barba and James Eder, and Wig and Makeup Supervisor Martha Ruskai.

Cocktails, Concerts and Conversations #5, July 27
Featuring Guest Artist Wendy Bryn Harmer, Young Artists Samina Aslam and Shafali Jalota, and assistant directors Diane Machin and Cassandra Lovering.

Cocktails, Concerts and Conversations #6, August 3
Featuring Guest Artist Chauncey Packer, Young Artists Eric Botto and Jared V. Esguerra, and stage manager Valerie Wheeler.

Cocktails, Concerts and Conversations #7, August 10
Featuring Guest Artist Daniel Belcher, Young Artists Michael Colman, Aaren Rivard, and Wan Zhao, and Director of Production and Video Designer Michael Baumgarten.

Cocktails, Concerts and Conversations #8, August 17
Featuring Guest Artist Elaine Alvarez, Young Artists Chasiti Lashay and Daniela Magura, and Technical Director JP Woodey.

Cocktails, Concerts and Conversations #9, August 24
Featuring Guest Artist Todd Thomas, and Young Artists John David Nevergall and Jake Skipworth. 


Chautauqua Opera Song Cycle

A World Premiere Song Cycle for Chautauqua Opera 2020: Over four days in early June, composer Frances Pollock and playwright and librettist Jerre Dye interviewed each of this season’s 2020 Chautauqua Opera Young Artists. Together they investigated the emotional and professional impact of the COVID-19 crisis, the isolation it has created for so many people around the world, and other current events. Drawing from and inspired by these interviews, Pollock and Dye created one a cappella song for each Young Artist. The resulting song cycle is a work which responds immediately to this unique moment in the world.

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About the song cycle: A conversation with Steven Osgood, composer Frances Pollock and librettist Jerre Dye

"Games on Saturday" - Celeste Godin, soprano

"Beautiful. Anonymous." - Michael Miller, baritone

"Waiting For the Song" - Max Potter, mezzo-soprano

"Glass Half Empty. Glass Half Full." - Nicole Heinen, soprano

"This is Not the End" - Yazid Gray, baritone

"I Moved Here During All of This" - Kelly Guerra, mezzo-soprano

"I'm Very Much a Texas Girl" - Hilary Grace Taylor, mezzo-soprano

"The Quintessential Laid Back Bass" - James Eder, bass

"Soul's Serenade" - Zachary Barba, tenor

"There's Nothing I Can Do About It" - Samina Aslam, soprano

"Chase Every Cloud" - Shafali Jalota, soprano

"I'd Been Closed Off For So Long" - Eric Botto, tenor

"Silence Speaks" - Jared V. Esguerra, tenor

"What Happens in These Silences?" - Aaren Rivard, tenor

"I Hear Grace Notes in the Distance" - Michael Colman, bass-baritone

"Hometown" - Wan Zhao, mezzo-soprano

"I'm Back Home in Houston Now" - Chasiti Lashay, soprano

"Against the Tide" - Daniela Magura, mezzo-soprano

"Lily" - Jake Skipworth, baritone

"Sheltering Our Dreams" - John David Nevergall, tenor


Opera Invasions

With Young Artists spread across the country this summer, the company put a new socially distanced twist on some of our most popular Opera Invasions, bringing audiences a look at the lives and locations of the 2020 Young Artists as they (safely) invaded their homes and hometowns.

Opera Invasion #1: Ballads on Balconies - Virtual Tour Package A
Featuring Young Artists Samina Aslam, John David Nevergall, Jared V. Esguerra, and Michael Colman.

Opera Invasion #1: Ballads on Balconies - Virtual Tour Package B
Featuring Young Artists Celeste Godin, Zachary Barba, Hilary Grace Taylor, Chasiti Lashay, Michael Miller.

Opera Invasion #1: Ballads on Balconies - Virtual Tour Package C
Featuring Young Artists Aaren Rivard, Shafali Jalota, Yazid Gray, Daniela Magura, Kelly Guerra, James Eder.

Opera Invasion #1: Ballads on Balconies - Virtual Tour Package D
Featuring Young Artists Eric Botto, Wan Zhao, Nicole Heinen, Max Potter, Jake Skipworth.

Opera Invasion #2: Opera Open Book

Opera Invasion #3: Miller Bell Tower Sing-along

Opera Invasion #4: Grand Finale - A Musical Tour of the Institution Grounds


Master Classes

Each week of our nine-week Virtual Young Artist Program, we invited a Guest Artist to join the company for the week and to serve as a mentor and teacher for our Young Artists. Each week, we held a master class where the weekly Guest Artist worked with 4-5 of the Young Artists on an aria of their choice. Click on the individual Young Artist names below to view their section of the master class.

Week 1 Master Class
Led by Caitlin Lynch, working with Celeste GodinMichael MillerShafali Jalota, and Michael Colman.

Week 2 Master Class
Led by Raehann Bryce-Davis, working with Yazid GrayChasiti LashayNicole HeinenMax Potter, and Daniela Magura.

Week 3 Master Class
Led by Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, working with Hilary Grace TaylorKelly GuerraMichael MillerCeleste Godin, and Jared V. Esguerra.

Week 4 Master Class
Led by Alan Held, working with James EderZachary BarbaHilary Grace TaylorJake Skipworth, and Aaren Rivard.

Week 5 Master Class 
Led by Wendy Bryn Harmer, working with Samina Aslam, Shafali Jalota, Celeste Godin, and Michael Miller.

Week 6 Master Class
Led by Chauncey Packer, working with Eric Botto, Jared V. Esguerra, John David Nevergall, Chasiti Lashay and Nicole Heinen.

Week 7 Master Class
Led by Daniel Belcher, working with Eric Botto, Wan Zhao, Michael Colman, Aaren Rivard, and Zachary Barba.

Week 8 Master Class
Led by Elaine Alvarez, working with Kelly Guerra, Wan Zhao, Chasiti Lashay, Samina Aslam, and Daniela Magura.

Week 9 Master Class
Led by Todd Thomas, working with John David Nevergall, Jake Skipworth, James Eder, Max Potter, and Yazid Gray.


Behind-the-Scenes Series

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. Each week of the 2020 season, Chautauqua Opera hosted a live conversation with a different production department to introduce these artists and share some of the magic that goes into making live performance happen.

Behind-the-Scenes, Episode 1 (Topic: Props)
Featuring Props Master and Scenic Artist Therersa Pierce 

Behind-the-Scenes, Episode 2 (Topic: Costumes) 
Featuring Costume artists B.G. FitzGerald, Cristine A. Patrick, Loribeth Collins, Morgan Fuller, and Larissa McConnell.

Behind-the-Scenes, Episode 3 (Topic: Music Preparation) 
Featuring Chautauqua Opera Music Staff members Carol Rausch, Miriam Charney, Rick Hoffenberg, Dorothy Randall, Kristin Roach, Emily Jarrell Urbanek,and Allison Voth, and Composer-in-Residence Frances Pollock. 

Behind-the-Scenes, Episode 4 (Topic: Wigs & Makeup) 
Featuring Wig and Makeup artists Martha Ruskai and Mark A. Boley

Behind-the-Scenes, Episode 5 (Topic: Stage Directing) 
Featuring Stage Directors Keturah Stickann, Sarah Ina Meyers, Diane Machin, and Cassandra Lovering. 

Behind-the-Scenes, Episode 6 (Topic: Stage Management) 
Featuring Valerie Wheeler, Emily Barber, Kendra Green, Emilia Covault, and Adam Fulmer.

Behind-the-Scenes, Episode 7 (Topic: Video & Projections)
Featuring Michael Baumgarten and Jay Lesenger.

Behind-the-Scenes, Episode 8 (Topic: Technical Direction)
Featuring J.P. Woodey

Behind-the-Scenes, Episode 9 (Topic: Collaboration)
Featuring production staff from every department. 


Virtual Sing-In Events

Introducing our twenty 2020 Young Artists, with brief interviews and an aria of their choice.

Virtual Sing-In, Part 1, June 24
Featuring Young Artists Michael Colman, Samina Aslam, Nicole Heinen, Michael Miller, Eric Botto, and Shafali Jalota.

Virtual Sing-In, Part 2, June 25
Featuring Young Artists Kelly Guerra, John David Nevergall, Yazid Gray, Wan Zhao, James Eder, Jake Skipworth, and Daniela Magura.

Virtual Sing-In, Part 3, June 26
Featuring Young Artists Celeste Godin, Zachary Barba, Max Potter, Aaren Rivard, Hilary Grace Taylor, Jared V. Esguerra, and Chasiti Lashay.


2020 Weekly Playlists

Each week, two of our 2020 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.

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Weekly Opera Contests

Take a look back at contests the Chautauqua Opera Company held during the 2020 season.

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