‘A feat of spectacle’ Review by Guest Critic: Rebecca Ritzel Oh, the early musicians. They are the nerds, outliers and
Between the years of 1914 and 1918, World War I ravaged Europe. Marking the 100-year anniversary since the war began, the Chautauqua Opera Company saw fit to dedicate remembrance to the composers and poets of the Great War.
Prepare for VIP status with “Backstage Pass: Heart and Music,” the first musical theater revue performance this season from the Chautauqua Opera Company’s Young Artists at 10 p.m. tonight in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. A repeat performance will take place on Aug. 4.
When Handel’s Ariodante first surfaced in the early 1700s, the ideas of sexism and bullying ran rampant throughout the opera. Now, as stage director John Giampietro takes two casts into the nearly 300-year-old performance, society is still grappling with those same issues.
The history of the United States — and of all places — is a history of migration.
Life is unpredictable, but that hasn’t stopped guest conductor James Meena from planning to die at the helm of the orchestra.
In a world full of crime and war, one might ask, “Where is the love?”
My mistake. I initially assumed that the Chautauqua Opera production of Macbeth would be in Norton Hall, a natural setting for this midsize masterpiece of Verdi’s early maturity. Only on my arrival did I realize that it was booked as a one-off in the Amphitheater. Could Macbeth really fill the space à la Aida?
DFT Communications, Partners in Technology, will underwrite Bravo! Bravo!: A Family Friendly Opera Revue and special Q-and-A at 6 p.m. today in Smith Wilkes Hall, as well as several Community Appreciation Nights offered on select evenings as part of the free Family Entertainment Series.
Clarity is perhaps the most important concept to Chautauqua Opera Company General and Artistic Director Jay Lesenger while he is leading a production, and Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth is no exception.