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Beautiful singing, according to Sir Richard Bonynge

Beautiful singing embodies what illustrious conductor and pianist Sir Richard Alan Bonynge and his late wife, Dame Joan Sutherland, a celebrated singer, brought to the stage for more than 50 years.

After a gentle coaxing from good friend and vocal master Marlena Malas, Bonynge makes his first visit to Chautauqua’s grounds, as he imparts invaluable wisdom on young vocalists.

The Voice Program is performing Gaetano Donizetti’s bel canto-inspired L’elisir d’amore at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Fletcher Hall. It will be the second consecutive night, featuring an alternate cast from Wednesday night’s performance.

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Belcore (Jarrett Ott) woos Adina (Elizabeth Zharoff) with a flower in a scene from Gaetano Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, performed by School of Music students tonight (with above cast) and Thursday evening in Fletcher Music Hall. Photo by Lauren Rock.

School of Music prepares two stagings, with two different casts, of Donizetti’s ‘elisir’

Opera director John Giampietro concocts a sweet and wild elixir with a cinematic twist.

The early 19th century comic opera L’elisir d’amore, by Gaetano Donizetti, comes to life at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Thursday in Fletcher Music Hall.

“We fall in love with the cinema,” Giampietro said about updating the opera to modern times. “And that’s our idea of romance. And that’s what we aspire to; it’s our ideal.”

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Laura Park, Judy and Hale Oliver.
Photo by Eric Shea.

Through scholarships, Chautauquans make opportunities for young artists

Of all 293 students at Chautauqua, 222 receive the support of scholarships from people who see boundless potential in a young artist, who want the arts to continue providing viable careers for people for generations, and who thrive off of the heart they uncover in every art form. In total, that means Chautauqua awards $610,000 of scholarship money to talented young students this year.

Laura Park, a violin student sponsored by Hale and Judy Oliver of Pittsburgh, appreciates the Chautauqua community’s warm embrace.

“I feel that the scholarship that was sponsored by Hale and Judy is extremely important, because it gave me an opportunity to study here — an opportunity that I might not have been able to have,” Park said.

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