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.
News and Events
Music by Moonlight
A full moon has been ordered for a wonderful night of Music by Moonlight, presented by Britsburgh on Wednesday 6 September. Enjoy musical entertainment under the stars on the lawn at Hartwood Acres Mansion. Bring your own blanket or chairs, or sit under the newly-built pavilion for the show, which features Pittsburgh Festival Opera, along with Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Savoyards.
Thank you for joining us!
Our just-concluded 2017 summer season received extraordinary critical acclaim, for a world premiere jazz/gospel opera, A Gathering of Sons, seen both on tour and at Winchester Thurston School. Andrey Nemzer and Lara Lynn McGill joined forces again in Handel's Xerxes, while the latest in our series of lesser-known operas by Richard Strauss featured the autobiographical Intermezzo. Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd offered chills and thrills for Broadway-lovers, and Hansel and Gretel provided a superb introduction to opera for children of all ages.
Mildred Miller International Voice Competition
Be a part of this year's Mildred Miller International Voice Competition on 21-22 October 2017, as we search for America's best singers. Young professionals aged 18–35 compete for cash prizes and solo roles in the 2018 Festival Season.