July 18 began as a normal day in the Chautauqua Amphitheater. Rocco Landsman, the chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts, was giving a lecture.
"Art that is locally produced and locally consumed ..." he was saying.
At that very moment -- as you can see below -- he was flash mobbed by the Chautauqua Opera Young Artists.
Singers sprang up with music by Puccini, the "Flower Duet" from Bizet's "The Pearl Fishers" and the Queen of the Night's "Revenge Aria" from "The Magic Flute," complete with coloratura high notes.
--Mary Kunz Goldman