John Pless considers himself a fatalist, or one who believes all events in life — love and loss, tragedy and triumph — can be boiled down to the idea humans are powerless to what actually transpires.
In 1955, John and Eleanor Pless just happened to be on the same day trip. The trip just happened to bring them to Chautauqua. And they just happened to fall in love with the Institution — and with each other.
Fifty-seven years later, the couple loves the place where they met almost as much as they love each other.
“John says I’d rather give him up than Chautauqua,” Eleanor said. “And he’d probably rather give me up than the opera.”
Their involvement with the Chautauqua Opera Company prompted them to “adopt” Studio and Apprentice Artists and now also Voice students in the School of Music.