Join us in July 2018 for our 41st season of presenting great operas in English, in new productions that immerse you in glorious music. Experience intimate opera theater in the comfortable environs of the Falk Auditorium and Hilda Willis Room at Winchester Thurston School in Shadyside.

The 2018 Summer Season will include:


Mainstage Productions

Richard Wagner


Witness the dawn of a universe and share in a journey that millions have taken, as Pittsburgh Festival Opera marches you into Valhalla for its acclaimed Pittsburgh Ring Cycle. Before Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones there was the Ring, an epic legend of Norse mythology set to music—a crowning achievement of Western civilization.

Richard Strauss


Continuing our cycle of lesser-known masterpieces by Strauss, we present this Viennese comedy of secret desires, mistaken identities, and ludicrous disputes. Bankruptcy forces an aging count to marry off his daughter to a wealthy suitor—but she has her own plans.

Giacomo Puccini

La bohème warhola

Experience Puccini's most famous opera reimagined in 1960's New York in this new production. Pop art, Polaroids, and paintbrushes prevail in this timeless tale of love and loss.



Various Composers

Fight for the Right

Semi-staged performance of four excerpts from works selected from our international commissioning project for new operas on the theme of women's right to education. 


For Families

John Davies

Goldie B. Locks & The Three Singing Bears

This operatic version of the classic tale Goldilocks is based on music from operas by Offenbach and Mozart, performed in English. The 45-minute performance is a perfect introduction to opera for the whole family.



Daphne and Dietrich

Exciting new cabaret performance by local chanteuse Daphne Alderson and her band, singing the tunes made famous by international icon Marlene Dietrich. 

Bernstein on Broadway

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein with a new cabaret performance of works drawn from his extensive catalog of Broadway hits, including West Side Story and Candide.


For the Afficionado

Discover Wagner

Love Wagner? So do we, so in addition to performances of Rhinegold, we've also programmed a Wagner recital program featuring internationally-acclaimed dramatic soprano Jane Eaglen, a Wagner Scenes evening, a song recital, and a lecture/conversation with Jane Eaglen detailing her experience in creating a role in these epic works.


Discover Strauss

For the Strauss lovers, in addition to performances of Arabella, we also offer a lecture on Strauss' operas of the 1930s, and a recital of Strauss lieder.


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