Begins Thursday 20 July

Join us for a festive long weekend of events centered around rarely-performed works of Richard Strauss, and including the Pennsylvania premiere of Intermezzo.

Richard Strauss

Composer-conductor Richard Strauss (1864-1949) created some of opera's most exciting work (consider Elektra, Salome, and Der Rosenkavalier). Pittsburgh Festival Opera is pleased to continue our cycle of works by Richard Strauss that are perhaps less well-known, but no less exquisite. The series includes:

  • Ariadne on Naxos (2014)
  • Capriccio (2015)
  • The Silent Woman (2016)
  • Intermezzo (2017)
  • Arabella (2018)




20 July

6:00 pm
Meet and mingle with fellow Strauss fans at a private restaurant. Enjoy a welcome toast with Mildred Miller, Pittsburgh Festival Opera founder and a celebrated Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier

Dinner with Mildred Miller follows (pay your own way)

8:00 pm
Screening of Der Rosenkavalier (1926), a 'silent' film of the opera for which Strauss created a reduced score.


21 July

2:00 pm
Scenes from a Marriage
Lecture on Intermezzo with Dr. Bryan Gilliam, author of Rounding Wagner's Mountain.

6:00 pm
Dinner with Dr. Gilliam (pay your own way)

7:30 pm
Premium tickets for the opening night performance

10:30 pm
Enjoy food and wine, and mingle with cast members at the Opening Night Party


22 July

6:00 pm
Dinner with Maestro Brent McMunn, conductor of Intermezzo (pay your own way)

8:00 pm
Recital of Strauss songs, presented by members of our Young Professional Artists Program.


23 July

11:00 am
Sunday Brunch at the beautiful Benedum House
Recital of Strauss works for piano by Walter Morales



Tickets to individual events are available for purchase separately, or as a part of a weekend package. (Note that access to private dinners is available only with Strauss Pass and Strauss Pass Plus packages.)

Strauss Pass

Includes premium seating for Friday’s Intermezzo and access to all private “Discover Strauss” events.

Purchase Strauss Pass


Strauss Pass Plus

Includes all private “Discover Strauss” events above and best tickets to all other company events Thursday–Sunday, including Sweeney Todd, a second performance of Intermezzo, and private festival Cast Party on Sunday 23 July.

Purchase Strauss Pass Plus