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.
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.
Opera Theater fulfills its mission through:
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.
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.
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.
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.