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.
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News and Events
Opera Tots! Goldie B. Locks
Enjoy a family-friendly 45-minute performance of Goldie B. Locks and the Three Singing Bears, followed by fun table activities, on Saturday 26 May at noon. The performance features professional opera singers from Pittsburgh Festival Opera, including Valerie Hosler, Erin Schmura, Jesse Davis, and Raven McMillon.
Opera in Bloom
Enjoy a evening under the stars on Saturday 23 June with excerpts from Puccini's La Bohème Warhola, Wagner's Rhinegold, Richard Strauss' Arabella, Bernstein on Broadway, and more, at Chatham University's Eden Hall Summer Series Classical Music Night.
Be an Usher
Join our volunteer group of ushers serve as the friendly face that greets opera-goers before performances, assisting with tickets, seating location, etc. We're currently looking for users for the 2018 summer season.
The Pittsburgh Ring
Join us as we mount the greatest operatic saga ever written—a massive 19-hour, four-opera epic cycle—and condense it to about 10 hours, spread over four evenings. The story begins this summer with Rhinegold.
For the fans of the music of Richard Strauss who want more than just seeing the opera Arabella, we offer the Discover Strauss series.
For the fans of the music of Richard Wagner, who await the return on our complete Ring Cycle, we offer the Discover Wagner series.