Why take a trip to visit Pittsburgh Festival Opera?

  • Inexpensive tickets to world-class productions, including a series of rare Richard Strauss operas, and starting in 2018, a new Ring Cycle—all sung in English in an intimate theater
  • A unique festival experience: up-close-and-personal opera in a festive atmosphere with concerts, cabarets and parties, where you really can go and talk to the artists in the bar after the show
  • Located in a leafy urban setting within walking distance of great museums and other cultural attractions
  • A range of hotels, B&Bs, bars and restaurants to suit every pocketbook, along with great shops, all within walking distance
  • An international airport, easy transportation, no need for a car
  • Pittsburgh! America’s ‘most livable city’, in a spectacular location at the confluence of three great rivers, within easy reach of wonderful state parks and some iconic tourist attractions, including Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museums, the Frick Art and Historical Center...

Where are we located?
Pittsburgh Festival Opera performs in the handsome spaces of one of Pittsburgh’s most prestigious academies, Winchester Thurston School. This is situated in the heart of Shadyside, a lovely leafy neighborhood with gorgeous historic houses, some great shopping, a lively nightlife with a mix of restaurants and bars to suit every palate, and a selection of hotels and handsome bed and breakfasts to suit every wallet. Shadyside is part of Pittsburgh’s fast developing East End, a long corridor encapsulating the city’s unique spirit of curiosity and innovation. It runs from Oakland’s bustling “eds and meds” community in the shadow of the University of Pittsburgh’s magnificent Cathedral of Learning, to the thriving technical and business start-ups that have sprung up alongside the Pittsburgh headquarters of Google in ‘East Liberty.’

Pittsburgh and the Arts
Pittsburgh is a great city for architecture and the visual arts. This was once the richest city in the world, and the buildings of Pittsburgh’s steel age reflect this. Near Winchester Thurston you can find historic Rodef Shalom Temple featuring magnificent Tiffany windows, East Liberty Presbyterian Church built by the Mellon family, Heinz Chapel inspired by the Sainte Chapelle in Paris, and many more. Also nearby are the incomparable Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, with masterpieces ancient and modern including great impressionist paintings, and—since Andrew Carnegie was fascinated by them earlier than anyone else—possibly the best dinosaur collection in the world. For lovers of modern art, the Andy Warhol Museum and Mattress Factory offer spectacular exhibitions. For fans of classic European art, the Frick Art & Historical Center boasts a magnificent collection—along with one of the world’s best vintage car museums.

An hour or so out of town you can also visit two “don’t miss” houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, set amid the lovely rolling hills of the Laurel Highlands and surrounded by state parks: Kentuck Knob and the iconic Fallingwater.

For the Foodies
Pittsburgh is a burgeoning culinary center, with foodies clamouring for reservations at more than fifty bars and restaurants within two miles of our theater.

Plan your Visit
Ask us about the convenience of accommodations near Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s venue. Twenty hotels and B&Bs (one of them in a gorgeous grand mansion from Pittsburgh’s gilded age) can be found within two miles of the theater, with a number of them just a short walk away.

Travel is easy and relatively inexpensive. Pittsburgh has an international airport (2017 ATF Airport of the Year with 68 non-stop destinations), good transport systems, and if you want to leave the car at home, you can enjoy our festival and all the amenities of Shadyside on foot—and unless you want to visit Fallingwater, there’s no need to rent a car! Bike rentals, lanes and paths can be found everywhere while the latest “self-driving” Uber cars run all over the city.

We boast some of the most reasonable ticket prices in the world of opera. Give us a try! Our ticket packages will make you sing!

Visitor Resources
VisitPITTSBURGH.com is your go-to resource for all the things to do when you get here.

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