Chautauqua Institution officials announced today Steven Osgood will succeed Jay Lesenger as artistic and general director of the Chautauqua Opera Company.
If Douglas Moore is no longer a name to inspire even a flicker of recognition, then his signature work, The Ballad of Baby Doe, still has a place in the collective consciousness of opera buffs. After all, no less a soprano than Beverly Sills turned the piece into a star vehicle two years after its 1956 premiere, and no less a label than Deutsche Grammophon made a recording — back when making a recording meant something.
Week Six of the 2014 Chautauqua Institution season kicks off on Saturday, July 26, and ends on Saturday, Aug. 2, celebrating the weekly themes with lectures, art and live performances. The morning lectures, on “Brazil: Rising Superpower,” will take place at 10:45 a.m. from Monday to Friday in the Amphitheater, while the afternoon Interfaith Lecture Series, “Brazil: The Interplay of Religion and Culture,” follows at 2 p.m. in the Hall of Philosophy.