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
With A New Kind of Fallout (working title), SummerFest offers you a wonderful opportunity to see a new opera in its early stage. With music by noted composer Gilda Lyons (Night Caps: Moonlight Suite from 2012) and a libretto by Pittsburgh playwright Tammy Ryan (A Soldier's Heart, Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods), A New Kind of Fallout is an evening-length work touching on the life of Rachel Carson, the Pittsburgh-trained scientist and author whose seminal 1962 work, Silent Spring, helped launch the environmental movement in the United States. We'll present a workshop performance of the work, with feedback sessions with the composer, librettist, and director as part of the opera's ongoing development for a world premiere at SummerFest 2015.
Inspired by Rachel Carson
SummerFest artists step out in five concerts showcasing the scope and talent that makes our season an annual treasure. Our stellar series showcases the vocal talents of SummerFest company and guest artists, alike, as they perform music from Baroque to Modern. The recital series features former Mildred Miller International Voice Competition winner and current Met superstar Andrey Nemzer, and the incredibly talented and versatile faculty of the Young Artist Program, including Robert Frankenberry, Raymond Blackwell, Demareus Cooper, Dimitrie Lazich, and Anna Singer.
Rising stars also shine with the SummerFest Europe Voice Competition Winners, coming from as far as Spain and Belgium to enchant Pittsburgh audiences. SummerFest also commemorates the work and talent of founder Mildred Miller Posvar. A Richard Strauss Celebration caps the series with a nod to the composer's 150th birthday.World-class Artists