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Opera Guild presents awards to Young Artists

Opera Guild presents awards to Young Artists

In an event following the Chautauqua Opera Company’s pops concert on Aug. 4, the Chautauqua Opera Guild awarded 11 monetary prizes to members of the Young Artists Program.

Through several fundraisers held earlier this season, including the July 22 and Aug. 2 galas, the Opera Guild was able to disperse merit-based awards totaling $16,000.

As young professionals, recipients of the awards are often responsible for the price of lessons, coaching and any acting or movement classes they wish to take to further their craft. When musicians graduate from academic programs, the costs of keeping up their professional development can be overwhelming. The guild’s Young Artists Awards help with those expenses.

Art song artists take the stage for cabaret and love songs

Art song artists take the stage for cabaret and love songs

With their first opera production behind them, Chautauqua Opera Company’s Young Artists explore German cabaret and Neopolitan songs this week in the “Artsongs in the Afternoon” series.

At 4 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ, soprano Kelley Hollis, mezzo-soprano Kaitlin Bertenshaw, and tenor Christopher Hutchinson open their performance together with Bellini’s “Angiol di pace” from Beatrice di Tenda. The vocalists each will sing two solo sets, finishing the afternoon with a surprise ensemble piece that pertains to Chautauqua. Pianist Rick Hoffenberg collaborates with the singers.

Though Lucia di Lammermoor is over, the subject of young women meeting a violent end remains in Hollis’ first set. Libby Larsen’s 2001 Try me, Good King: Last Words of the Wives of Henry VIII illustrates the final moments for each of the tyrant’s wives. Hollis will sing “Anne Boleyn,” whose beheading is legendary, “Jane Seymour,” who died through childbirth complications, and “Katherine Howard,” who was “a silly little girl who made little-girl mistakes and got punished as an adult for them,” Hollis said.