It’s a fact that opera singers need to know more than how to sing bel canto and recitatives — they also must master a range of character roles, linguistic flavors and historical tastes.
Behind the musical visions brought into being by Chautauqua Opera Company’s 26 Young Artists is a staff of six devoted coaches who work tirelessly to ensure that each singer’s voice is thoroughly prepared for performance.
At 4 p.m. today, Chautauqua Opera Company’s Studio Artists will present their annual culminating exercise, marking the solidification of a season of education, practice and performance — a presentation of a number of opera scenes. This year’s program will take place in Norton Hall.
In what amounts to an operatic variety show, Chautauqua Opera Company’s Studio Artists will stage 11 scenes from opera literature at 4 p.m. today in Norton Hall. In their last featured performance this season, they will give the audience a taste of the genre and its spectrum.
The singers will present selections from German, French, Italian, Spanish and English operas, with a heavy dose of comedy to lighten the mood brought by this year’s two tragic productions.
To give such an array of operatic vignettes, two directors and seven musical directors have been staging and coaching their scenes, balancing the preparations for the show with those for other productions: An art song recital, a musical revue and choral work in a pops concert are all scheduled within a three-day span.