The Norse Gods of Richard Wagner’s RING came to Earth for an epic evening of big voices, heavenly music, fantastic deities, and fabulous feasting! Guests dined and danced like gods and goddesses of opera, celebrating the 2018 launch of Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s Ring Cycle.


Saturday May 5, 2018

The Pittsburgh Golf Club-Turned-Valhalla
5280 Northumberland Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15217


Those in attendance enjoyed a program of short selections from The Ring and other light operatic offerings, presented by guest artists Jeremy Galyon, Ryan Milstead, and Emily Hopkins. Master of Ceremonies Brian Edward (host of 'Burgh Vivant) presented an array of tempting packages in the silent and live auctions. After dinner, guests danced the night away to the sounds of Miguel Sague III & Guaracha.


Event Sponsors

Three Rivers Packaging

Richard Böcking Winery




Dining with the Gods

6:00 pm
Hors d’oeuvres, Cocktails (one included), Wine-Tasting by Dreadnought Wines, and Silent Auction

7:30 pm
Dinner, Musical Program, and Live Auction

8:15 pm
Dessert and Dancing




Musical program featured Pittsburgh Festival Opera singers Jeremy Galyon, Ryan Milstead, and Emily Hopkins in short selections from The Ring and other light operatic offerings.


Dinner Menu
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Mushroom Soup en croute

Choice of Entree

  • Seared Chicken Breast with Red Wine Gastrique and Roasted Grapes
  • Bone-in Short Rib with Natural Jus and Onion Rings
  • Vegetable Wellington with Root Vegetable Puree

Tri-colored Baby Potatoes and Roasted Baby Vegetables

Ambrosia and other heavenly sweets


Demi-Gods After-Party

8:15 pm
Cocktails (one included), Mead-tasting by KingView Mead, Wine & Cider, Dessert, Dancing, and Silent Auction





Special Guests

Jane Eaglen

Jane Eaglen
Artistic Director
Mastersingers Project for Young Dramatic Voices

Internationally-recognized dramatic soprano Jane Eaglen has enjoyed one of the most formidable reputations in opera for the past two decades. Her performances of such mythic roles as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde, Brünnhilde in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, along with leads in Puccini’s Turandot, Bellini’s Norma, and Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, have earned her acclaim on the world’s leading opera stages, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, Vienna State Opera, and l’Opéra National de Paris.

Pittsburgh Festival Opera is honored to have Ms. Eaglen as a featured singer at this year’s Gala of the Gods. She will return to Pittsburgh Festival Opera this summer as the Artistic Director of a new component of our Young Professional Artists Program: The Mastersingers Project for Young Dramatic Voices. Ms. Eaglen will be featured in a recital with some of these extraordinary 'Mastersingers' (selected from 279 applicants from 22 countries), and will stage a presentation of scenes from Wagner operas.


Brian Edward

Brian Edward
Executive Producer, Host
'Burgh Vivant

Brian Edward is a cultural administrator, arts educator, performing and literary artist, director and playwright, an avid scholar of art and film, and a proud Pittsburgh native.  He is the author of several produced plays including the nationally acclaimed touring musical Amish Burlesque, and has been a featured guest lecturer for the Berkshire Playwrights Festival. Locally he has performed with The REP, 12 Peers Theater, Little Lake Theater, Pittsburgh Opera, and The Pittsburgh New Works Festival, where he was named Outstanding Leading Actor in 2011 and 2012.  Brian was named among the top supporting actors in Pittsburgh by the Post Gazette in 2001, and among the top leading actors in 2002.

He has emceed numerous charitable events and film festivals, is frequently quoted in print and radio, and has been a recurrent guest on the CBS-KDKA morning show, Pittsburgh LIVE Today.

What to Wear

Recommended dress is goddess glam. Think attire from Game of Thrones, or as though onstage for a Wagnerian opera, or black tie/formal. Helmets and breastplates optional. Here are some ideas...