How people take leave of a job says a great deal about them. This summer marks the last for Jay Lesenger as Chautauqua Opera’s general and artistic director.
My mistake. I initially assumed that the Chautauqua Opera production of Macbeth would be in Norton Hall, a natural setting for this midsize masterpiece of Verdi’s early maturity. Only on my arrival did I realize that it was booked as a one-off in the Amphitheater. Could Macbeth really fill the space à la Aida?
DFT Communications, Partners in Technology, will underwrite Bravo! Bravo!: A Family Friendly Opera Revue and special Q-and-A at 6 p.m. today in Smith Wilkes Hall, as well as several Community Appreciation Nights offered on select evenings as part of the free Family Entertainment Series.
If Douglas Moore is no longer a name to inspire even a flicker of recognition, then his signature work, The Ballad of Baby Doe, still has a place in the collective consciousness of opera buffs. After all, no less a soprano than Beverly Sills turned the piece into a star vehicle two years after its 1956 premiere, and no less a label than Deutsche Grammophon made a recording — back when making a recording meant something.
For Saturday’s guest conductor Steven Osgood, the devil’s in the details.
While the eyes of the audience will be locked on the stage Saturday during Madam Butterfly, their ears will be taking in the sound of the production’s orchestral band.
Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1904. Giacomo Puccini, the day after marrying his beloved Elvira, waits backstage during the premiere of his opera, Madam Butterfly. Instead of applause and admiration, Puccini receives boos and laughter, fits of derision from the audience. The soft bird songs set to accompany the sunrise scene are matched with sounds of mooing and rooster crows. A mortified Puccini leaves Milan to revise Butterfly in Brescia, Italy.
Since John and Linda Wadsworth were married in 1987, they have been coming to Chautauqua and immersing themselves in the community — particularly the performing arts.
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.
At 4 p.m. today, Chautauqua Opera Company’s Studio Artists will present their annual culminating exercise, marking the solidification of a season of education, practice and performance — a presentation of a number of opera scenes. This year’s program will take place in Norton Hall.