INTRODUCING PITTSBURGH FESTIVAL OPERA
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
Our 2017 summer season includes a world premiere jazz/gospel opera, A Gathering of Sons, seen in both touring performances throughout the city and at Winchester Thurston School. Andrey Nemzer and Lara Lynn McGill join forces again in Handel's Xerxes, (after a triumphant Julius Caesar last season!), and the next in our series of lesser-known operas by Richard Strauss is the autobiographical Intermezzo. Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd offers thrills for Broadway-lovers, and Hansel and Gretel provides a superb introduction to opera for children of all ages.
A Gathering of Sons
Another Black man is shot by a white police officer, and we ask what comes next? How do we heal? How do we protect our children? How do we survive this state, this country, this world?
Our new world premiere gospel/jazz opera A Gathering of Sons takes us on a journey through the lives of a young Black man, a white police officer, parents of a newborn child, and a collection of spirits who watch over the world.
Workshop - Friday 2 June at Mt Ararat Baptist Church
Join us for the next workshop in the developmental process for our new jazz/gospel opera, A Gathering of Sons.
Friday 2 May at 7:00 pm