We are changing our name! Six years ago we transformed ourselves into an extended summer festival, producing our celebrated mix of new operas, rarely performed works, and classic works done in new ways, all sung in English in an intimate theater.

"SummerFest", as we called it, has been a great success, and we realize that it has come to define our company more and more—so we feel it is now time to change our name to Pittsburgh Festival Opera to reflect our current identity and activities more closely.

Pittsburgh Festival Opera presents our 40th season this summer. This is an important milestone, and it encourages us both to reflect on the past and look to the future. So as well rebranding and renaming the company, we are celebrating with some important new initiatives.

Pittsburgh Festival Opera will:

  • commit to continuing our signature series of rarely performed Richard Strauss operas
  • revive our acclaimed Pittsburgh Ring Cycle over four years starting in 2018
  • launch a new initiative to reach out to potential national and international audiences to let them discover not only great festival opera, but also the many marvelous aspects of Pittsburgh and its environs in the summer
  • found a new friends organization announce an Endowment campaign with existing pledges of $3 million

“We’re proud of our heritage, and we thank all those who built and supported Opera Theater through the years. We’re pleased to be able to signal our progress and professionalism with our new name: Pittsburgh Festival Opera.”Eugene N. Myers, M.D., President


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