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.
Words or music? This is the dilemma that the Countess Madeleine must wrestle with, as two suitors (one a poet, the other a composer) vie for her love. Which will the Countess choose? Strauss' luminous and lovely final opera contains charming music that belies its composition in the midst of war in October of 1942. SummerFest performances of Capriccio represent the second year of a planned four-year Strauss cycle, focusing on ravishing but lesser-known works by this 20th century master.Words or Music?
Mozart's classic comic opera meets Downton Abbey at SummerFest 2015! The Count has his eye on his valet's fiancée, who happens to be his wife's chambermaid. The Countess is being pursued by Cherubino, disguised as a girl so as not to raise the Count's suspicions. Upstairs meets downstairs in this glorious romp set in the early 20th century.Upstairs meets Downstairs!
Not so sure about opera? Then Figaro Redux is for you, in our slightly shorter, edgier modern-dress version of The Marriage of Figaro. You'll follow the cast around the building (nursing a cocktail, if you like!), with each act set in a different space in the spectacular Twentieth Century Club. This one is all about sex and class: it was banned when first written, and later launched the French Revolution. And it is just as radical and subversive and entertaining today as it was back then!A Roving Good Time!