Treasure chests often hold beautiful items, and the Children’s School received not one, but two treasure chests full of jewels last Thursday.
In 1928, Lucy Coit Fanning Norton donated a welcome gift to Chautauqua Institution — a gift that would house hundreds of operas and entertain Chautauquans for many generations.
Opera “parents” gathered in the garage of the Jane A. Gross Opera Center last Sunday evening and anxiously awaited their opera “children” assigned for the season.
On Thursday, 15 or so Chautauquans sat on Hale and Judy Oliver’s porch to chat about adoption over red-peppered quiche and coffee.
Jay Lesenger, the general/artistic director of the Chautauqua Opera Company, has always said that if kids are to get interested in opera, then “there has to be somebody bringing it to them” on a weekly basis.
At Chautauqua Opera Company’s third showing last month of its family-friendly “Alice and Alex in Operaland” at Smith Wilkes Hall, there was barely an empty seat in the audience.
Sandy D’Andrade, a veteran costume designer from Philadelphia, has been creating handmade knitwear for well over 30 years. With her rich-colored collection of skirts, scarves, jackets and gowns, D’Andrade has turned her artistry to supporting the Chautauqua Opera Young Artists through the Chautauqua Opera Guild for the last 12 years.
Last Thursday, the Chautauqua Opera Young Artists began to sit down one-by-one in Carol Rausch’s office for their end-of-the-season exit interviews.
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.