In 2015, Pittsburgh Festival Opera launched “Music That Matters,” a series of new opera commissions that speak to important contemporary issues. This series is part of our ambition to keep opera relevant, and create artworks where all communities can see their lives reflected onstage.
We started with A New Kind of Fallout, an opera about environmental issues inspired by Rachel Carson. Our next commission, A Gathering of Sons, explored issues of racial conflict in America. Our new project in this series is Fight for the Right, focusing on the struggle girls and women across the world for access to education.