Opera Theater crosses boundaries. In our 36th year, the company reaches out across traditional lines of demarcation in the arts, presenting works that engage diverse, new and younger audiences, bringing people from different backgrounds together, including supporters of music, theater, dance and the visual arts, and involving them in experiences that have meaning and impact.

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Opera Theater of Pittsburgh presents innovative opera in English, 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.

A Little Night Music

Opera Theater fulfills its mission through:

  • SummerFest: a three week-long summer festival that presents a uniquely wide range of opera and musical theatrical entertainment.

  • Opera for everyone: a commitment to developing new audiences through innovative and imaginative programming, accessible ticket pricing and singing in English.

  • Originality and quality: earning regional and national recognition for award-winning work and innovative programming. 

  • Creative collaboration: working with a wealth of creative talent from across the arts to keep programming alive and exciting to contemporary audiences, building a reputation that is endorsed by partnerships with other performing arts organizations in Pittsburgh and around the country.

  • Developing new talent: giving performance opportunities and training to help develop emerging young professional singers, accompanists, directors and designers through the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition and the SummerFest Young Artist Program. 

  • Education and outreach: serving younger communities year-round with educational programs from pre-school to high-school, focusing on underprivileged areas in and around Pittsburgh.

  • New works: commissioning new music dramas for new audiences, including short comic music dramas, ‘guerilla’ vignettes and operas exploring themes of real contemporary interest and importance, Opera Theater plays its part in keeping opera alive, relevant and entertaining in the present, while helping to build a legacy for future generations.

  • International impact: involving young artists from more than a dozen countries around the world through the international complexion of the SummerFest Young Artist Program, and through a newly founded sister organization: SummerFest Europe. This involves partnerships with a recently launched International Voice Competition in Verviers, Belgium; with the Maastricht Academy of Music in Holland; with the Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra in England; with the Prague School of Music in the Czech Republic; and with the ENSMM school of engineering in Besançon, France.


Founder, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh

Mezzo-soprano Mildred Miller Posvar was a featured artist for 23 consecutive seasons at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. She appeared with every major opera company in the United States and the leading houses of Europe, and toured the world as an acclaimed recitalist. Ms. Miller is widely recognized for her work with young singers.

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General and Artistic Director

Jonathan Eaton has served as Artistic & General Director of the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh since 1999. In that time, he has led the company in presenting varied and unusual repertoire, featuring a number of American operas. These have included a historic revival of Duke Ellington’s Beggar’s Holiday, Porgy and Bess, Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars conducted by Julius Rudel, and the world premiere of Matthew Rosenblum’s multi-media opera RedDust.

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Meet Opera Theater's administrative and artistic staff:

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Our engaged Board of Directors provides leadership and guidance for the organization. Meet them here...

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To learn more about our activities, please download a copy of our annual report.

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Opera Theater SummerFest currently has no open positions.

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For SummerFest 2014, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh will offer summer internships in production, administration, and artistic administration. Our internship program provides the opportunity for young professionals and students to experience first-hand the fast-paced world of repertory opera and music theater.

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Opera Theater offers diverse volunteer opportunities throughout the year, especially leading up to and during the SummerFest. Volunteers are integral to a smoothly run festival and enable Opera Theater to meet its mission. We look for students and adults to assist in the office, on education and outreach programs, during dress rehearsals, performances, and throughout the year. And you’ll never be alone; Opera Theater staff provides training and guidance for all volunteers, and volunteers receive complimentary admission to events.

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Steinway is the official piano of Opera Theater SummerFest.

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Administrative Office

286 Main St, Third Floor
Pittsburgh  PA  15201

412 621 1499
412 621 2643  FAX
412 326-9687  BOX OFFICE

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Performance Venue

The Twentieth Century Club
4201 Bigelow Blvd
Pittsburgh  PA  15213

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