Special Pre-SummerFest Event

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An Opera about Frank Lloyd Wright
Music by Daron Hagen  •  Words by Paul Muldoon


Opera and architecture come together in a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Join us for a very special performance of Shining Brow on the outdoor terraces at Fallingwater, as Wright’s iconic local masterpiece becomes the stage for Daron Hagen’s acclaimed opera about Wright’s tragic love affair.

This unique event starts with private access to the house before the performance—be a guest for the sort of party the Kaufmanns used to throw at Fallingwater – and continues with light summer fare and fine wines before the opera. Then meet the artists for champagne and dessert and a birthday toast to Frank Lloyd Wright immediately following the performance.

Don’t care to drive? Join us on Saturday evening on our private motorcoach for round-trip transportation, featuring a talk about the opera and exclusive access to composer Daron Hagen.

Friday, June 7 at 6:30 pm
Saturday, June 8 at 6:30 pm

Cast and Production Team

Music   Daron Hagen
Words   Paul Muldoon
Director   Jonathan Eaton
Conductor   Robert Frankenberry
Frank Lloyd Wright   Kevin Kees
Mamah Cheney   Lara Lynn Cottrill
Louis Sullivan   James Flora
Edwin Cheney   Dimitrie Lazich
Catherine Wright   Kara Cornell
Maid   Anna McTiernan
Flute/Piccolo   Josephine Kost
Oboe/English Horn   Cyn Warren
Clarinet/Eb Clarinet/Bass Clarinet   Mary Beth Malek
Keyboard   Hyery Hwang
Violin   Roger Zahab
Viola   Jason Hohn
Cello   Paul Miahky

SHINING BROW is produced by permission of E.C. Schirmer Music Company, Framingham, MA.


  • $350 for general admission
  • $275 for SummerFest Passport holders / Western Pennsylvania Conservancy members
  • $35 for round trip transportation on private motorcoach (Saturday, June 8 only)
  • [Bus departs from and returns to Opera Theater offices at 286 Main Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Secure free parking is available onsite.]
  • All seating is general admission.


1478 Mill Run Rd, Mill Run  PA 15464

Critical acclaim for Shining Brow

Shining Brow, which has been produced by numerous opera companies nationally, is acclaimed by music and architecture writers alike:

"Shining Brow is one of the most important American operas of the past decade. Don’t miss it...Hagen was born to write music theater works."
—John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

“Like Wright’s flowing, open-plan prairie houses, [Hagen’s] opera has immediate appeal.”
Chicago Sun-Times

For more information on Shining Brow, visit the composer's website.

Shining Brow will also be performed in Pittsburgh during SummerFest 2013.