Chautauqua Opera


Chautauqua Opera

Conceived by artistic director and conductor, Steven Osgood, as a showcase for the newly refurbished and updated Chautauqua amphitheater, Keturah was brought on for her site specific background. She used the entire outdoor theater space as the playing area, with the choir loft over the stage becoming heaven in Act I, and earth in Act II, as Orpheus descended into the Underworld. Set in small town America in the 1930’s, Keturah allowed the storytelling to be shaped by the history of its presenting organization.


Orfeo  Daniel Belcher
La Musica/Silvia/Speranza  Heather Johnson
Euridice  Chelsea Friedlander
 Eric Wassenaar, Omar Najmi, Natalie Rose Havens, Tascha Anderson
Ninfa  Helen Hassinger
Apollo  Arnold Livingston Geis
Pluto  Evan Ross
Caronte  Ricardo Ceballos de la Mora
Proserpina  Megan Grey


Director  Keturah Stickann
Conductor  Steven Osgood
Sets  Caleb Wertenbaker
Costumes  B.G. Fitzgerald
Lights Michael Baumgarten

"The only thing that's changed is everything"
Nathan Healy, The Chautauquan Daily

"A lush, romantic interpretation of the Renaissance/Baroque classic that enhanced but never overwhelmed the spirit of the original."
John S. Twinam, OperaWire

"In what was billed as the American stage premiere of Respighi’s version, Chautauquans had the welcome chance to experience something unusual in a well-performed and inventive staging."
Christopher Gibbs, The Chatutauquan Daily

Photography © Dave Munch and Sara Noble