Chautauqua Institution officials announced today Steven Osgood will succeed Jay Lesenger as artistic and general director of the Chautauqua Opera Company.
Following the announcement of finalists Eric Einhorn and Steven Osgood in late May, Chautauqua Institution officials said they are nearing…
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.
For Saturday’s guest conductor Steven Osgood, the devil’s in the details.
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.
The notion of linking Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performances to the week’s theme is as lovely as it is impractical. Thursday evening in the Amphitheater, guest conductor Steven Osgood obliquely acknowledged as much in his podium remarks.
Richard Wagner did not write operas. He wrote, in his own words, “deeds of music made visible.”
His 1849 essay “The Artwork of the Future” changed the scope of opera by demanding more from the art form than just arias. Wagner called his new opera form “Gesamtkunstwerk,” or “total work of art,” which unified the opera’s musical, poetic, visual and dramatic elements.
Lawrence Mitchell-Matthews’ great-great-great-grandfather sang African spirituals.
He was a farmer, a sharecropper and a pastor. He would gather the family together and make everyone sit down before leading the songs. The group sing-alongs were a time for family and God. Now when Matthews sings spirituals, he feels a loving connection to his past.