Chautauqua Opera Company's 2020 mainstage season marks the centennial 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. See three operas in three days with this all-inclusive package!

Audiences will be able to experience these three operas on consecutive nights during the company’s Opera Festival happening July 30–Aug. 1, 2020, by purchasing an all-inclusive package through the Athenaeum Hotel.

 CHQOpera 2020Season hotel special

About the Opera Festival Packages

Packages include:

  • Lodging at the historic Athenaeum Hotel located on Chautauqua Lake
  • Opera Festival Host support to ensure guests experience the fullness of the Chautauqua experience
  • Nightly premium buffet dinners, lunch, breakfast, and Sunday brunch at Heirloom Restaurant
  • Chautauqua Institution Gate Pass (provides access to all Amphitheater events) and parking
  • Preferred seating for Tosca in Norton Hall on July 30, 2020
  • Preferred seating for Thumbprint in Norton Hall on July 31, 2020
  • Preferred seating for The Mother of Us All in the Amphitheater on August 1, 2020
  • Special Opera Lectures with Ned Canty, Stage Director and General Director of Opera Memphis

In addition to experiencing the opera performances over three consecutive nights, 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.

Package Pricing:

Four Day Package (July 29-Aug. 2, 2020): Packages begin at $1,368 per person (double occupancy) and $2,069 per person (single occupancy). Taxes not included*.

Purchase a Four-Day Package

Weeklong Package (July 26-Aug. 2, 2020): Packages begin at $2,272 per person (double occupancy) and $3,325 per person (single occupancy). Taxes not included*.

Purchase a Weeklong Package


*Offer based on availability. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or standard discount. Package rates are subject to applicable taxes and are based on a standard room. Dining gratuity is not included in package.

Questions: • 1.800.821.1881


Mainstage Operas

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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
Thursday, July 30, 2020 • 4:00 p.m.   

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 31, 2020 • 4:00 p.m. 

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.

mother flagThe Mother of Us All

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

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

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.”

For a full list of 2020 Opera Events Click Here