Festival Stories

The exciting part of a summer opera festival is seeing two hundred people come to Pittsburgh—from places all over the world—in order to tell great stories through music. However, the stories being told on stage are not the only interesting ones. There are even mores tales of the activity behind the curtain that are just as vital (and just as interesting) as those in front. Here are some of our favorites...


Bass-baritone Miles Wilson-Toliver, sings the role of City in the new jazz opera A Gathering of Sons, which opens Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s 40th Season.

Denise Sheffey-Powell stars as Victoria in Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s world premiere of the compelling contemporary jazz and gospel opera A Gathering of Sons. Her character's son Victor is shot by a rogue police officer as her other son's child is being born.