Opera Guild goes golfing to support Opera Company


Jay Lesenger, Chautauqua Opera Company artistic/general director, and Carol Rausch, Chautauqua Opera Company music administrator, eagerly anticipate the upcoming Opera Guild golf tournament. Daily file photo.

Josh Cooper | Staff Writer

This coming Sunday, the Chautauqua Opera Guild will be hosting a fundraising golf tournament and dinner. The fee will be $125 per person for those who are not members of the golf club, $100 for members and $50 for those who wish to attend dinner only.

The tournament will be held at the Chautauqua Golf Club. A box lunch will be served at 12 p.m. at the Chautauqua Golf Club, and the golfing will begin at 1 p.m.  The tournament will be a four-person scramble.

Following the golfing, a silent auction and dinner will be served. Members of the Chautauqua Opera Company’s Young Artists program will provide the entertainment for the dinner. In addition, David Crawford and Michael Ventura, both former Young Artists, will perform as well. Both have left Chautauqua for careers in the professional opera world.

The tournament’s chairman, Hale Oliver, said having these two former Young Artists perform is inspiring to the current Young Artists.

“I think it’s great for these kids to see two people come who have made successful careers for themselves,” Oliver said. “It shows them that they can go on to bigger and better things.”

The event is held in memory of the late Marcia Connolly, who was a member of Chautauqua’s board of trustees and a patron of opera at Chautauqua.

Oliver said Connolly, whose family has been at Chautauqua for three generations, was a worthy honoree.

“She was just a real special lady,” he said. “She loved opera, and she was a huge supporter of it, both financially and in other ways, too.”

For information or to make reservations, contact Virginia Cox at 716-357-5775 or e-mail wavacox@verizon.net.