Pittsburgh Festival Opera
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
A Gathering of Sons
WEDNESDAY 28 June at 7:30 pm
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. With a score by Dwayne Fulton set to a libretto by Tameka Cage Conley, and stage direction by Mark Clayton Southers, A Gathering of Sons is a story of love and redemption.
The Three (Counter) Tenors
FRIDAY 30 JUNE at 7:30 pm
Remember “The Three Tenors”? They have nothing on our trio of countertenors who perform top hits of the Baroque period, sung originally by superstar castrati, with additional Russian songs and other repertoire sung by Andrey Nemzer, Rudy Giron, and Daniel Moody. Join us for this special event as Pittsburgh Festival Opera celebrates the opening of its summer season.
If I Loved You... Rodgers & Hammerstein Revue
SUNDAY 2 July at 7:30 PM
Enjoy star-spangled songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein in a new dramatic revue that explores romantic love, its joys, and its darker side. Enjoy your favorite songs (and some you may not remember!) from landmark musicals such as Carousel, The Sound of Music, State Fair, The King and I, Flower Drum Song, and more. If I Loved You features singers from our mainstage festival productions.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
FRIDAY 7 July at 7:30 pm
Barber Sweeney Todd returns to London after 15 years in exile and aims to take revenge on the corrupt judge who banished him. When baker Mrs. Lovett is in desperate need of fresh meat for her pies, Sweeney implements a cunningly murderous solution to boost her business.
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.
The festival opera experience is enhanced with great food and drink, so plan to make dining a part of your day or night at the opera. Enjoy convenient dining options right at Winchester Thurston, or visit one of the many local establishments.