Let us know what you thought...your reactions are important as we continue to develop A Gathering of Sons.


Here's what workshop attendees have said...


"Beautiful, makes meaning out of violence."

"I think it helps break down racial barriers."

"Such an honor to see it in the raw. I look forward to seeing the finished masterpiece."

"Sparks a much needed conversation. It aims to draw new audiences to opera and modernize the art form."

"I was surprised by the emotional impact it had on me."

"It has a deep sense of humanity."

"Lovely lyrical music—I want to hear more!"

"Powerfully performed with emotional impact to the soul."

"This is a powerful and beautiful poetic rendering of a really important issue."

"I love that this piece is in English! It will help modern audeinces connect to it more easily."

"Incredible—It left me with goosebumps."

"I love the idea of bringing opera to the community on current issues."

"This is clearly going to be a very important work."

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Project Support

The series of community workshops that form the developmental process for A Gathering of Sons are made possible, in part, by generous support from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

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Performances of A Gathering of Sons are made possible through the support of Marjorie and William Cadwallader.

The commissioning of A Gathering of Sons is made possible through the support of Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh, a program of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

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Additional support for A Gathering of Sons is provided by:

  • The Pittsburgh Foundation
  • The Heinz Endowments
  • Opportunity Fund
  • W.I Patterson Charitable Fund


Audience engagement and outreach activities for A Gathering of Sons are supported by a grant from OPERA America's Opera Fund.

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The Opera Fund provides technical and financial support to OPERA America Professional Company Members and their partners as part of North American effort to enhance the quality, quantity and creativity of new opera and music theater.

The Opera Fund, launched by the National Endowment for the Arts, is funded by the Helen F. Whitaker Fund, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation, Lee Day Gillespie, and Lloyd and Mary Ann Gerlach.