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 25–27, 2019, by purchasing an all-inclusive package through the Athenaeum Hotel*.

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About the Trilogy packages

Two packages are available for purchase: A Three-Day Package (July 25-28, 2019) and a Weeklong Package (July 21-28, 2019)*.

Packages include:

  • Lodging at the historic Athenaeum Hotel located on Chautauqua Lake
  • Nightly three-course dinner, lunch, breakfast, and Sunday brunch at Heirloom Restaurant
  • Chautauqua Institution Gate Pass (provides access to all Amphitheater events)
  • Parking
  • Premium seating for Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Norton Hall on July 25, 2019
  • Guaranteed seating for ¡Figaro! (90210) in Norton Hall on July 26, 2019
  • Preferred seating for The Ghosts of Versailles in the Amphitheater on July 27, 2019

In addition to experiencing the full ‘Beaumarchais Trilogy’ 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:

Three Day Package: Packages begin at $1208 per person (double occupancy) and $1466 per person (single occupancy). Taxes not included*.

Purchase a Three-Day Package

Weeklong Package: Packages begin at $2192 per person (double occupancy) and $2412 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. Dining gratuity is not included in package.

Questions: • 1.800.821.1881


About the Operas

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Music by Gioachino Rossini; Libretto by Cesare Sterbini

Performance dates: July 5, 8 & 25 in Norton Hall

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.


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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

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.


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Music by John Corigliano; Libretto by William Hoffman

July 27 in the Amphitheater

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. Single tickets for all three mainstage operas will go on sale during spring of 2019.