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.

Why the change? 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 tremendous success and has come to define our company. We feel it is now time to change our name to better reflect our current identity and activities. Pittsburgh Festival Opera accomplishes that perfectly.

We also present our 40th season this summer. We are celebrating this milestone with some important new initiatives. These include continuing our signature series of rarely performed Richard Strauss operas; reviving our acclaimed Pittsburgh Ring Cycle; launching a initiative to reach national and international audiences to let them discover not only great festival opera, but also the many marvelous attractions of Pittsburgh in the summer; establishing a new friends organization; and announcing 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

We look forward to your continued support as we embark on this exciting new phase at Pittsburgh Festival Opera, and hope that you will join us this summer for some exhilarating opera theater. Together, we can build on our legacy to ensure that our next 40 seasons are as remarkable as the first.

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