Chautauqua Opera Has Announced Its 2019 Season, Its 90th Anniversary

By David Salazar

The Chautauqua Opera has announced its 2019 season, which is the company’s 90th Anniversary season.

“The Chautauqua calendar is always a gigantic puzzle, and our 2019 plans are hugely disruptive—in a wonderful way. For the first time in decades we are engaging Guest Artists to spend the entire season at Chautauqua. Our collaboration with the Chautauqua Symphony is taking new forms, and we will include several singers from Chautauqua’s School of Music Voice Program in The Ghosts of Versailles. Whether or not this is the new model for Chautauqua Opera will become clear down the road,” stated General and Artistic Director Steven Osgood in a press release for the new season.

The company will kick off the season with a performance of Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” which will feature mezzo-soprano Aleks Romano, baritone Daniel Belcher, and bass-baritone Ashraf Sweailam as Bartolo. The production will be directed by Kathleen Smith-Belcher with Steven Osgood conducting.

Performance Dates: July 5, 8, 225, 2019

Next up on the slate is “¡Figaro! (90210)” which will be directed by Eric Einhorn with Jorge Parodi conducting. The cast will feature the Chautauqua Opera Young Artists.

Performance Dates: June 28, 30, July 7, 14, 26, 2019

Finally, “The Ghost of Versailles” will finish off the season. The cast will include Caitlin Lynch with Belcher, Romano, and Sewailam, and 24 Chautauqua Opera Young Artists rounding out the cast. There will also be four singers from the Chautauqua School of Music’s Voice Department that will be joining the production, which will be directed by Peter Kazaras.

Performance Dates: July 27, 2019

It is worth noting that on consecutive nights between July 25-27, audiences can experience the three as part of its new “Trilogy Weekend” initiative, unique feature of this season.