Opera Theater of Pittsburgh presents innovative opera, producing American works, reinterpretations of older works, and new works, for the widest possible audience. Opera Theater 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.
"It’s hard to convey just how much fun, what an exhilarating theatrical experience is Summerfest’s “Ariadne on Naxos”... Jonathan Eaton’s lively, resourceful staging and Brent McMunn’s expert musical direction ... brings Richard Strauss’s all-too-rarely heard operatic masterpiece vividly to life. Opera Theater’s English-language production is an extraordinary accomplishment....
"Jonathan Eaton discovered two singers for the leads – dramatic soprano Elizabeth Baldwin in the title role, and coloratura Elizabeth Fischborn as the comedienne Zerbinetta – either of whom would be an asset to any opera company in the world. Ms. Baldwin, who won first place in last year’s Mildred Miller competition, has an opulent sound, with solid top notes and a penetrating low, and she sings expressively to boot. She manages Ariadne’s long-breathed phrase about death setting her free, one of the most gorgeous moments in all music, with soaring line and beauty.Read More
"Opera Theater's production was thoroughly engaging... Ms. Singer, whose speaking voice on WQED-FM is as familiar to Pittsburghers as is her accomplished singing, is a magnetic personality who holds focus every moment she's on the stage... It was in her duets with the dashing Danilo of Dimitrie Lazich, however, that Ms. Singer did her best work. Together, these two very likable performers had a palpable chemistry, whether in their manifold protestations of love, or their final romantic declarations in the opera's most familiar melody."
—Robert Croan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Ultimately, an audience that leaves the theater humming the famous “Waltz” is a happy one, and SummerFest’s “The Merry Widow” obviously made many people very happy indeed."
—Pittsburgh StageJoin Hanna's party!
"Opera Theater SummerFest's staging in a converted ballroom is larger than the original, but some of the intimacy survives... Though Fantasticks is not a "dance" show, the action flows as the players harmonize physically as well as vocally... SummerFest serves up a more operatic Fantasticks, not just light pop.
—Michelle Pilecki, Pittsburgh City Paper
"Once a staple of the summer-theater season, “The Fantasticks” is now seldom performed. So, it's nice to see it return as part of Opera Theater's SummerFest with delightfully tuneful performances of Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones' score by a well-voiced cast and a quartet of musicians...If you've never experienced it, this is a fine opportunity to hear the score solidly performed as it propels the action of the play."
—Alice Carter, PIttsburgh Tribune Review
"Yes, it was fun to engage with the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, in partnership with Attack Theater at that wedding cake of a building, The Twentieth Century Club, in Oakland. And engaging it was, with the cast parading, dancing and singing amidst the audience at times... [Peter] Kope kept the cast on a taut physical rope to maximum effect, so the songs were stages so effectively and with great detail. The cast, not all of them dancers, took it all with gusto... This Fantasticks provides a great escape, along with some food for thought.
—Jane Vranish, CrossCurrents