Chautauqua Opera Company‘s 2019 mainstage season features Rossini’s classic romp Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Vid Guerrerio’s contemporary adaptation of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, ¡Figaro! (90210), and John Corigliano and William Hoffman’s grand opera buffa The Ghosts of Versailles. Based on the three "Figaro Plays" by 18th-century French playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, the three operas trace the lives of Figaro, Count Almaviva, Rosina, and their friends and foes through many years of adventures and mishaps together.

For the first time audiences will be able to experience these three operas on consecutive nights during the company’s Trilogy Weekend, July 2527.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

How can I purchase tickets?

You have two options: You can purchase an Opera Ticket Pack (includes premium seating options, $66–$138), or you can purchase single tickets ($15–$52, depending on the opera). For the most comprehensive service, we recommend calling 716-357-6250 to purchase or visiting the Main Gate Ticket Office.

Do I need an additional gate pass?

Your ticket for the 7:30 p.m. performance of Il Barbiere di Siviglia permits entry to the Chautauqua Institution grounds from 4 p.m. to midnight. If you would like to enter the grounds before 4 p.m., you will need to purchase an additional gate pass at the Welcome Center Ticket Office.

Your ticket for the 4 p.m. performance of ¡Figaro! (90210) permits entry to the Chautauqua Institution grounds from noon to 4 p.m. If you would like to enter the grounds before noon, you will need to purchase an additional gate pass at the Welcome Center Ticket Office.

Your ticket for the 8:15pm performance of The Ghosts of Versailles permits entry to the Chautauqua Institution grounds from 4 p.m. to midnight. If you would like to enter the grounds before 4 p.m., you will need to purchase an additional gate pass at the Welcome Center Ticket Office.

Do you have recommendations for lodging?

We recommend booking your stay with the Chautauqua Suites or Chautauqua Harbor Hotel. For information at additional lodging on and off the grounds, please visit chq.org/accommodations.

Is parking available at Chautauqua Institution?

Daily visitors to Chautauqua park in the Main Lot located across the street from the Main Gate Welcome Center on Route 394. You may walk from the parking lot or take a complimentary shuttle to the Main Gate Welcome Center. Parking in the main lot is $10/day.

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About the Operas

2inchBarberRevised smallIl Barbiere di Siviglia

Music by Gioachino Rossini; Libretto by Cesare Sterbini

Performance dates: July 5, 8 & 25 in Norton Hall (Reserved seating, click link for seating chart)

In Rossini’s lively comic opera, a young Count Almaviva (in disguise) is wooing the spirited and savvy Rosina, Dr. Bartolo’s young ward. Dr. Bartolo plans to marry Rosina himself, but Seville’s favorite trickster, Figaro, is on the scene to foil his schemes and help the young lovers unite, with hilarity and hijinks aplenty.

 

2inchMarriageRevised small¡Figaro! (90210)

Music by W.A. Mozart; Libretto by Vid Guerrerio, based on Le Nozze di Figaro by Lorenzo da Ponte

Performance dates: June 28 & 30, July 7, 14 & 26 in Norton Hall (Reserved seating, click link for seating chart)

Vid Guerrerio’s multicultural adaptation of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro sets the action in modern-day Beverly Hills. Hollywood elite Paul and Roxanne Conti (Count Almaviva and Rosina) are now married with a daughter, and Figaro and his soon-to-be-bride Susana are undocumented workers on their estate. Hailed by Opera News as “dynamic, thought-provoking, respectful, and, yes, hilarious,” Guerrerio’s English and Spanish libretto infuses Mozart’s masterpiece with humor, heart, and present-day discussions of race, class, and American identity.

 

2inchGhostsRevised smallThe Ghosts of Versailles

Music by John Corigliano; Libretto by William Hoffman

July 27 in the Amphitheater (General seating/premium seating section available, click link for seating chart)

Marie Antoinette and her court are bored of the afterlife, and bitter about their deaths. The love-struck ghost of Beaumarchais believes he can change the queen’s untimely fate by using the power of art. He brings his beloved Figaro and company back to life in a new opera, but when Figaro refuses to stick to the script, Beaumarchais must enter his own story. Alternately hilarious and heart breaking, this grand opera buffa is one of America’s operatic masterpieces.

 

More information about these performances and Chautauqua Opera's 2019 season can be found here.