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.
It’s 9 a.m. on a Tuesday, and Brandon Coleman and his “Fitness Crew” have just sprinted 800 meters through Bestor Plaza. Before that, they went on a 4-mile run, did 10 push ups, 10 jumping jacks and one-minute wall sits. Tomorrow, they’ll push for 5 miles — if they have the time.
When Elizabeth Doe met Horace Tabor in Leadville, Colorado, she sparked a romance that would make her one of the wealthiest women west of the Mississippi. Two decades later, in 1899, with her beloved Horace dead, she would be one of the poorest.
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.
Three days before its opening at the Amphitheater on Saturday night, Madam Butterfly premiered at the Children’s School, complete with sailor caps, neon-pink kimonos and Japanese folk music.
At the Manhattan School of Music, Gordon Ostrowski instructs students how to take proper headshots, walk like a Victorian in style classes and build professional resumes.
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.
Jay Lesenger is ready to show audiences that a lot more goes into a singer’s voice than meets the eyes — or ears, for that matter.