Clarity is perhaps the most important concept to Chautauqua Opera Company General and Artistic Director Jay Lesenger while he is leading a production, and Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth is no exception.
“Dream team” has taken on a whole new meaning for the Chautauqua Opera Young Artists as they prepare for the second Artsongs in the Afternoon recital of the season.
Laura Soto-Bayomi, soprano, executed a wide range of vocal dynamics while singing Francis Poulenc’s “Fêtes Galantes” from Deux Poèmes de Louis Aragon at the first recital of the season last Thursday in the Hall of Christ.
Opera “parents” gathered in the garage of the Jane A. Gross Opera Center last Sunday evening and anxiously awaited their opera “children” assigned for the season.
BRIA GRANVILLE | Staff Photographer Mezzo-soprano Leah Hawkins performs “Ah, mon fils!” from Le Prophete during an “Evening of Arias”…
MEGAN TAN | File Photo Chautauqua Opera Company General and Artistic Director Jay Lesenger is entering his last season at…
On Thursday, 15 or so Chautauquans sat on Hale and Judy Oliver’s porch to chat about adoption over red-peppered quiche and coffee.
Jay Lesenger, the general/artistic director of the Chautauqua Opera Company, has always said that if kids are to get interested in opera, then “there has to be somebody bringing it to them” on a weekly basis.
At Chautauqua Opera Company’s third showing last month of its family-friendly “Alice and Alex in Operaland” at Smith Wilkes Hall, there was barely an empty seat in the audience.
Sandy D’Andrade, a veteran costume designer from Philadelphia, has been creating handmade knitwear for well over 30 years. With her rich-colored collection of skirts, scarves, jackets and gowns, D’Andrade has turned her artistry to supporting the Chautauqua Opera Young Artists through the Chautauqua Opera Guild for the last 12 years.