Overview of the 2018 Season
Pittsburgh Festival Opera
Intimate opera theater. Pittsburgh Festival Opera presents innovative opera, producing American works, reinterpretations of older works, and new works, for the widest possible audience. The company focuses on diversity in programming and casting, on crossing boundaries and bringing together talents from all the arts, on encouraging new talent, and on broadening audiences through outreach and education, to create a body of work that is original, entertaining, contemporary and relevant.
Pittsburgh Festival Opera brings the power of world-class performances to humanize, energize and re-define opera as an experience that is up-close and personal, approachable, and relevant to today’s audiences. We break boundaries in the arts, bringing together audiences and artists of all backgrounds to engage in experiences that inspire and enthrall.
Our primary Summer Season occurs in June and July each year, but we also present a number of other events throughout the year. Our education programs engage pre-K, elementary and middle school, and emerging professional singers to emphasize the joy of telling stories through music.
Slideshow photographs by Patti Brahim and John Bauerlein
News and Events
Goldie B. Locks and the Three Singing Bears
SATURday 21 July at 11:00 am
Join us for a fun, family-friendly performance of this charming children’s opera, adapted by John Davies with music by Mozart and Offenbach.
Saturday 21 July at 2:00 pm
Revel in the brilliance of the songs of Richard Strauss, in an afternoon recital by members of our Young Professional Artists Program.
SATURDAY 21 July at 7:30 pm
Witness the doom of a universe and the dawn of a new era, and share in a pilgrimage that millions have taken, as Pittsburgh Festival Opera transports you to Valhalla for its acclaimed Pittsburgh Ring Cycle.
Bernstein on Broadway
Saturday 21 July at 10:00 pm
The great American composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein would have turned 100 this year, and in celebration of this anniversary, we bring to the stage a pageant of excerpts from his Broadway works, ranging from classics like Candide to rarely heard songs from works such as Peter Pan.
SUNDAY 22 July at 2:00 pm
Our Richard Strauss Series continues with Arabella, the tenth of the composer’s fifteen operas and the last created in collaboration with the famed librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal.
For the Love of Art: Works by Anna Singer
Stop in to the Cabaret Lounge before each performance and at intermission to enjoy For the Love of Art: Works by Anna Singer, an exhibition of recent paintings by this multitalented local artist.
The Ring of The Ring
Don't miss the opportunity to own the official "Ring of The Ring"—for yourself or someone you love. Custom-designed by a luxury jeweler to celebrate the return of Wagner's Ring Cycle to Pittsburgh Festival Opera, the ring is both exquisite and bold.
Let the world know what your favorite opera company is—shop in our official Festival Store for t-shirts, mugs, notebooks, and more.
Pittsburgh Festival Opera is thrilled to announce that once again we’ve been offered a matching donation this summer. All gifts made to The Ring Fund between now and August 1, 2018 will be doubled!