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Opera Young Artists fill the huge space of the Amp as Osgood leads CSO with high energy, family spirit

Opera Young Artists fill the huge space of the Amp as Osgood leads CSO with high energy, family spirit

All who were in the Amphitheater Saturday evening know that we will hear these voices again — on another stage. But the hope that night, shared around, was far more venial — namely, that we’d hear just a little more right then and there, for the night was yet young and music that special.

But no avail.

We’d been given a powerful wrap-up of eight lead voices and 18 from the corps against the full Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra — all unamplified. That was, we’ll acknowledge, huge. It was from the sextet added to Act 2, or sometimes to Act 3, of Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, but crowded here into eight voices, plus the corps. And that spells big sound.

Opera Young Artists prepare evening of water-based highlights

Opera Young Artists prepare evening of water-based highlights

When Tom Becker and Marty Merkley encouraged Carol Rausch to weave Chautauqua’s weekly themes into Chautauqua Opera Company’s programming, one possibility stood out above the rest.

“ ‘Water Matters’ was an easy one to chime in on,” said Rausch, music administrator of Chautauqua Opera. “There is tons of repertoire about water. We could do this theme for another three to five years and not run out of material.”

At 8:15 p.m. Saturday evening, the Amphitheater hosts the annual Opera Highlights concert, titled “Water Matters — Operatically (H2Opera),” a hodgepodge of operatic favorites performed by Chautauqua Opera’s apprentice artists and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. The program includes selections from shipwrecked islands, arias sung by water sprites and songs about the sea. It preludes the “Water Matters” morning lecture platform.