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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Ariadne on Naxos

July 2014

Since 1978, Opera Theater has served the needs of a diverse market of music drama audiences in the greater Pittsburgh region. By presenting high-quality productions of music drama not available elsewhere, Opera Theater continues to work at the forefront of the genre. In its 35-year history, Opera Theater has presented more than 30 Pittsburgh premieres, many of them American operas that would not be produced by other companies in the region. 

Upcoming Season

2014-2015 Season

Lyons | A New Kind of Fallout

     World Premiere

PAST SEASONS

 2013-2014 Season

Lehár | The Merry Widow

    July 11, 19, 27 2014

Foss | The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

    July 12, 19, 26 2014

Schmidt | The Fantasticks

    July 12, 13, 17, 25, 26 2014

Strauss | Ariadne on Naxos

    July 18, 20, 26 2014

Zahab | Happy Hour!

    July 26, 27 2014

2012-2013 Season

 

Offenbach | The Tales of Hoffmann–Retold

     July 6, 13, 21 2013

Sondheim | A Little Night Music

      July 7, 12, 20, 2013

Hagen | Shining Brow

     July 11, 19, 2013

Mozart | The Secret Gardener/La finta giardiniera

     July 14, 20, 2013

Night Caps International

     July 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 2013

Schickele | A Little Nightmare Music

     July 18, 20, 2013

2011-2012 Season

 

Mozart | The Magic Flute

     June 29, July 1, 8, 14 2012

Bernstein | Candide

      July 7, 13, 15, 2012

Bizet | Carmen–The Gypsy

     June 30, July 6, 12, 2012

Night Caps

     July 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 2012

2010-2011 Season

 

Gluck | Orpheus and Euridice

     November 5, 6, 7, 2010

Breuer/Telson | The Gospel at Colonus

     March 25, 26, 27, 2011

Gordon | Euridice and Orpheus

     June 9, 10, 11, 2011

2009-2010 Season

 

Kraša | Brundibar

     Production Design by Maurice Sendak

Ellington | Beggars Holiday

Montemezzi | The Love Spell

Foster/Levine | Beautiful Dreamers

     April 18, 15, May 1, 2010

     Collaboration with Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre

2008-2009 Season

 

Bizet | Djamileh

Strauss | Die Fledermaus

Salieri| Prima la musica

Puccini | Gianni Schicchi

2007-2008 Season

 

Mozart | The Marriage of Figaro 

     September 25 - 30, 2007

Strauss, Jr. | Die Fledermaus

     December 27, 29 & 30, 2007

Weill | Lost in the Stars

     February 21, 23 & 24, 2008

2006-2007 Season

 

Hammerstein | Carmen Jones

     November 17 - 18, 2006

Menotti | Amahl and the Night Visitors

     December 14 - 17, 2006

Mozart | The Magic Flute

     March 24, 27, 30, and April 1, 2007

     Collaboration with Pittsburgh Opera

Glass | The Sound of a Voice

     April 26 - 29, 2007

Rosenblum | Red Dust

     May 18 - 20, 2007

2005-2006 Season

 

Menotti | Amahl and the Night Visitors

     December 14 - 18, 2005

Britten | Noye's Fludde

     March 2 - 5, 2006

Bolotin | The Jackleg Testament

     March 2 - 5, 2006

Wagner | The Ring

     July 14 - 16 and 21 - 23, 2006

2004-2005 Season

 

Stravinsky | The Soldier's Tale

     November 5 - 7, 2004

     Collaboration with the Pittsburgh Symphony

Menotti | Amahl and the Night Visitors

     December 8 - 12, 2004

Bolcom | A View From the Bridge

     September 16 - 26, 2004

2003-2004 Season

 

Hoiby | Summer and Smoke

     September 26 - October 5, 2003

Talking with Tennessee

     September 25 - October 5, 2003

     Devised and directed by Jonathan Eaton

Menotti | Amahl and the Night Visitors

     December 7 - 13, 2003

Davis | Jazzopera: Just Above My Head

     June 9 - 13, 2004

2002-2003 Season

 

25th Anniversary Celebration

     April 27, 2003

Menotti | Amahl and the Night Visitors

     December 12 - 15, 2002

Mozart | The Magic Flute

     November 22 - 23, 2002

2001-2002 Season

 

Bartók | Bluebeard's Castle

     April 26 - 28, 2002

Ullman | The Emperor of Atlantis

     April 6 - 7, 2002

Krása | Brundibár

     March 7, 2002

Menotti | Amahl and the Night Visitors

     December 13 - 16, 2001

2000-2001 Season

 

Monteverdi | Madrigals of Love and War

     November 4 - 5, 2000

Menotti | Amahl and the Night Visitors

     December 14 - 17, 2000

Bolotin | Limbus

     March 27 - 31, 2001

1999-2000 Season (Kurt Weill Centenary Festival)

 

Weill | Der Jasager (The Consenter)

     April 10, 2000

Weill | Weill We're At It

     April 22, 2000

Weill/Eaton | Songplay

     April 26 - May 7, 2000

Weill | Die Bürgschaft (The Bond)

     May 25 - 28, 2000

1998-1999 Season

 

Floyd | Susannah

     March 27 & 29, 1998

Bernstein | Candide

     April 16 & 18, 1999

1997-1998 Season

Mozart | The Magic Flute

     April, 1997

1996-1997 Season

 

Mozart | The Marriage of Figaro

     April 16, 1997

Moore | The Ballad of Baby Doe

1995-1996 Season

 

Smetana | The Bartered Bride 

     March 28 & 30, 1996

1994-1995 Season

 

Massenet | La Cendrillon

     May 18 & 20, 1995

Puccini | Madama Butterfly

March 22 & 25, 1995

1993-1994 Season

 

Handel | Julius Caesar in Egypt

     March 3 & 5, 1994

1992-1993 Season

 

Rossini | Il Barbiere di Siviglia

May 15, 1993

1991-1992 Season

 

Ward | The Crucible 

     November 23, 1991

1990-1991 Season

 

Menotti | The Consul

     May 19, 1991

1989-1990 Season

 

Gluck | Orpheus and Euridice

     May 1 & 3, 1990

Blitzstein | Regina

     January 18, 1990

Mozart | Così fan tutte

     November 19, 1989

Bizet | Carmen

     Summer 1989

1988-1989 Season

 

Mozart | The Marriage of Figaro

     April 22, 1989

Scarlatti | The Triumph of Honor

     January 22, 1989

Meacham | Tartuffe

     November 20 & 2, 1998

1987-1988 Season

 

Scarlatti | The Triumph of Honor

     January 18, 1987

Mollicone | Emperor Norton

     March 29, 1987

Menotti | The Telephone

     April, 26, 1987

Pergolesi | La Serva Padrona

     April 26, 1987

Bizet | Carmen

     Touring production

1986-1987 Season

 

Puccini | Madama Butterfly

Verdi | La Traviata

Rossini | Barber of Seville

1985-1986 Season

 

Puccini | La Bohème

1984-1985 Season

 

Humperdinck | Hansel and Gretel

1983-1984 Season

 

Moss | The Brute

     May 24, 1984

Harbison | A Full Moon in March

     May 24, 1984

1982-1983 Season

 

Mozart | Marriage of Figaro

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History

 

Opera Theater was founded by Mildred Miller Posvar in 1978 as a professional company featuring emerging singers and dedicated to education and audience development. Mrs. Posvar fashioned the company after Boris Goldovsky's New England Opera Theater, where she performed before beginning her 23-year career as a principal artist at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

 

In 1987, Opera Theater initiated an American Opera Series in Pittsburgh. The company has presented more than a dozen Pittsburgh premieres of major American works over the last decade, including three world premieres. The company performs operas in English except for rare instances. In 1999, a new Aristic Director, Jonathan Eaton, came to Opera Theater. Mr. Eaton, an internationally renown stage director, began his operatic career as a singer. Wtih his interest in unusual, American, and contemporary repertory, Eaton continues Opera theater's mission to produce modern music drama for today's audiences.

 

Under Eaton's leadership the company has presented works ranging from Bartok's modern masterpiece Bluebeard's Castle to the world premiere of Jay Bolotin's jazz and sculpture opera Limbus. The company has continued to garner critical accolades and has won a number of awards including the WQED Harry Schwalb Award for Artistic Excellence and multiple Post-Gazette Top Ten Musical Events awards. The company's production of Weill's Die Burgschaft was chosen to open the Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau, Germany in 2002 and again in 2003.

 

The company's educational directive remains of primary importance. Working directly with schools, as well as in partnership with educational groups such as Gateway to the Arts, Opera Theater has taken opera to over 400,000 school children. In addition, Opera Theater actively seeks opportunities to include students in productions, meeting state performance standards for direct arts experiences and creating unique partnerships with the communities and families for which we perform.

 

Opera Theater continues its founding mission of providing performance opportunities and serving as a base for aspiring professional singers. By performing in the company's touring productions and school programs, singers receive the experience, polish, and exposure with which to begin major careers. A number of Opera Theater alumni are now leading performers on stages throughout the world.

 

Since 1978, Opera Theater has served the needs of a discrete market of music drama audiences in the greater Pittsburgh region. By presenting high quality productions of music drama not available elsewhere, OTP continues to work at the forefront of the genre. In its twenty-nine year history, OTP has presented over a dozen Pittsburgh premieres, many of the American operas that would not be produced by other companies in the region. 

 

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For SummerFest 2015, 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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