Pittsburgh Festival Opera

Intimate opera theater. Pittsburgh Festival Opera presents innovative opera, producing American works, reinterpretations of older works, and new works, for the widest possible audience. The company focuses on diversity in programming and casting, on crossing boundaries and bringing together talents from all the arts, on encouraging new talent, and on broadening audiences through outreach and education, to create a body of work that is original, entertaining, contemporary and relevant.

Pittsburgh Festival Opera brings the power of world-class performances to humanize, energize and re-define opera as an experience that is up-close and personal, approachable, and relevant to today’s audiences. We break boundaries in the arts, bringing together audiences and artists of all backgrounds to engage in experiences that inspire and enthrall.

Our primary Summer Season occurs in June and July each year, but we also present a number of other events throughout the year. Our education programs engage pre-K, elementary and middle school, and emerging professional singers to emphasize the joy of telling stories through music.


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Pittsburgh Festival Opera is a member of OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation’s leading champion for American opera. Through its many programs focusing on research, advocacy, new work creation, audience engagement, and leadership development, OPERA America is fostering a supportive environment for the future of opera in North America.