Life is unpredictable, but that hasn’t stopped guest conductor James Meena from planning to die at the helm of the orchestra.
On July 12, tenor Andrew Lunsford sang Puccini’s “Nessun dorma” to help close the annual Opera Highlights concert. With the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra behind him, Lunsford vibrantly sustained the final high A, while the audience wildly applauded the Apprentice Artist’s talent.
Last Thursday, the Chautauqua Opera Young Artists began to sit down one-by-one in Carol Rausch’s office for their end-of-the-season exit interviews.
At 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the Amphitheater, the entire ensemble of Apprentice and Studio artists will be waving goodbye to Chautauqua via a grand concert that features the music of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.
This year, Jay Lesenger celebrates 20 years as artistic/general director of the Chautauqua Opera Company.
Last Sunday, the Chautauqua Opera Guild held a soireè for the purpose of thanking their members and supporters, along with celebrating a very special set of anniversaries.
The nine Apprentice Artists in the Opera Company’s Young Artists program have been, recently, performing supporting roles in Madam Butterfly, rehearsing daily for the Ballad of Baby Doe and watching their fellow Studio Artists sing in revues and recitals from the audience chairs.
Behind the musical visions brought into being by Chautauqua Opera Company’s 26 Young Artists is a staff of six devoted coaches who work tirelessly to ensure that each singer’s voice is thoroughly prepared for performance.
The weather may be cool, but the Chautauqua Opera Company Young Artists and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra will heat up the Amphitheater Saturday night with hot Broadway and pop tunes, all about summer.
“Summertime” from Porgy and Bess, “Summer in Ohio” from The Last Five Years and “Too Darn Hot” from Kiss Me, Kate are just some of the selections the Young Artists and the CSO will perform, starting at 8:15 p.m. Saturday night in the Amp. The program will be conducted by Stuart Chafetz, CSO principal timpanist and guest conductor.
As if Chautauqua Opera Company wasn’t already on fire, the highly anticipated Pops Concert will feature an explosive theme — “Steam Heat: Cool Songs for Hot Nights!”
At 8:15 p.m. Saturday night in the Amphitheater, Chautauqua Opera’s eight Apprentice Artists will join the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra to present the highly anticipated Pops Concert.