After a season full of recitals and supporting roles, the Studio Artists of Chautauqua Opera Company’s Young Artists Program can now try their hand at leading roles in scenes from a selection of famous productions at 4 p.m. today in Norton Hall.
On July 12, tenor Andrew Lunsford sang Puccini’s “Nessun dorma” to help close the annual Opera Highlights concert. With the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra behind him, Lunsford vibrantly sustained the final high A, while the audience wildly applauded the Apprentice Artist’s talent.
At 4 p.m. today in Norton Hall, the 18 singers will be performing a part of an opera Scenes Program. Similar to the Highlights Concert their fellow Apprentice Artists performed during Week Four, the Studio Artists will be taking center stage with their own biggest highlight of the season.
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.
At 4:15 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ, a trio of Studio Artists from Chautauqua Opera Company’s Young Artist program will perform a set of songs about death in the season’s final Artsongs recital.
“All in the world’s mere folly; man is born to be jolly,” basso buffo Kevin Glavin said, reminding audiences of the lesson to be learned through uproarious laughter in tonight’s production of Falstaff, Giuseppe Verdi’s comedic masterpiece, by the Chautauqua Opera Company.
Falstaff, the final opera in Verdi’s long and distinguished career, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in Norton Hall and again at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. Students of Chautauqua Opera’s Young Artist Program will provide the chorus for the show.
The Chautauqua Opera Company’s “Artsongs in the Afternoon” series will open with a tribute to the dazzling dramatic tradition of cabaret.
At 4:15 p.m. today, the three singers performing in the Hall of Christ will welcome the audience to the show with Cabaret’s “Wilkommen.”
The decision to render a partially comical performance was not taken lightly. Cree Carrico, Tatiana Ogan and Clayton Brown, the trio of Young Artists performing today, spent the longest time deciding on their program, despite the fact that they are the first group to perform.
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.