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SummerFest 2012 Overview

See the amazing range of events that we packed into SummerFest 2012, all in just a little over nine minutes!

 

Night Caps: George Washington Suite (excerpt)

Music: Daron Hagen  |  Libretto: Rob Handel
Two young women travel the country on a quest to sleep in every room that claims "George Washington slept here." What happens when Washington's ghost pays them a visit?

 

Night Caps: Moonlight Suite

Music: Gilda Lyons  |  Libretto: Rob Handel
A couple checks into a hotel suite in an effort to rekindle the spark in their relationship.

 

Andrey Nemzer, Countertenor

Music: George Friedrich Handel, "Al lampo dell'armi" from Giulio Cesare
Enjoy this aria from Andrey Nemzer, winner of the 2011 Mildred Miller International Voice Competition. Pianist: Inessa Baylin. Video by Rowna Sutin.

 

2013–2014 Season

October 1, 2014

Opera Theater of Pittsburgh presents third annual Mildred Miller International Voice Competition 
The future stars of opera will shine during the third annual Mildred Miller International Voice Competition presented by Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and the Gailliot Family Foundation on Nov. 1 and 2 during National Opera Week (Oct. 24-Nov. 2, 2014). Three top winners receive cash prizes totaling $9,000 resident artist contracts in Opera Theater’s SummerFest 2015.

May 1, 2014

Opera Theater SummerFest presents The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County 
Mark Twain’s famous American short story comes to life in Opera Theater SummerFest’s production of The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, during three Saturday matinees at 11 am, July 12, 19, and 26, at the Twentieth Century Club, 4201 Bigelow Blvd., Oakland (15213).

May 1, 2014

SummerFest Season Schedule
Detailed information on all SummerFest 2014 performances.

May 1, 2014

Opera Theater launches third SummerFest
Opera Theater presents a 16-day festival of opera, musicals, new works and recitals, July 10-27, 2014, in the beautiful and historic Twentieth Century Club, 4201 Bigelow Blvd, Pittsburgh (15213). SummerFest’s third season features both classic and new operas sung in English and a variety of festive offerings presented in the intimate spaces of one of Pittsburgh’s loveliest architectural treasures in Oakland.

October 16, 2013

Opera Theater presents third annual Mildred Miller International Voice Competition
The future stars of opera will shine during the third annual Mildred Miller International Voice Competition presented by Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and the Gailliot Family Foundation on Nov. 2 and 3 during National Opera Week. Three top winners receive cash prizes totaling $9,000 and resident artist positions in Opera Theater’s SummerFest 2014.

 

2012-–2013 Season

May 28, 2013

Mozart Camp, an initiative of Opera Theater SummerFest, is a five-day immersion into the life and works of this great composer.
Mozart Camp brings Mozart devotees together to explore the work of this singular genius through lectures, films, discussions, chamber music concerts, vocal recitals, dinners and museum visits. The program centers around the theme “Mozart: A family affair” which investigates music written not just by the master Wolfgang, but also by his father Leopold and son Franz Xaver, and music played by sister Nannerl and his wife Constanze. Mozart Camp will take place July 16-20 at the historic Twentieth Century Club in the heart of the Oakland neighborhood in Pittsburgh.

May 6, 2013

Opera Theater launches second SummerFest
July 6–21, 2013 in Oakland's magnificent Twentieth Century Club with opera in English and a Sondheim musical in company's 35th year.

April 30, 2013

Opera Theater of Pittsburgh receives grant from OPERA America
Opera Theater SummerFest initiates "My First Time" program to welcome first-time opera-goers of all ages. Through the My First Time initiative, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh plans to break down opera stereotypes to make the opera experience feel more approachable and relevant. My First Time will target young professionals and opera newcomers in an attempt to attract and engage those who might not initially consider themselves opera fans.

April 30, 2013

OPERA America Awards $300,000 in Grants to Thirteen Opera Companies
Opera Theater has received a grant from OPERA America, the national nonprofit service organization for opera, as part of $300,000 awarded in grants to 13 opera companies through the first year of its Building Opera Audiences grant program, generously funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. This new grant program seeks to support the efforts of North American opera companies to build informed, enthusiastic audiences for opera through innovative marketing projects.

April 16, 2013

Opera Theater of Pittsburgh to Perform ‘Shining Brow’ at Fallingwater
Opera Theater of Pittsburgh will perform “Shining Brow,” the American opera with music by Daron Hagen and libretto by Paul Muldoon on Fallingwater’s famous exterior terraces, Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8 – the weekend of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 146th birthday.

November 1, 2012

Opera Theater Launches Second SummerFest, July 6-21, 2013, in Oakland’s Magnificent Twentieth Century Club
Opera Theater plans a three week festival of opera, musicals, new works and recitals in the beautiful Art Deco auditorium of Oakland’s historic Twentieth Century Club. SummerFest 2013 features both classic and new operas sung in English, a Sondheim musical, and a variety of festive offerings in one of Pittsburgh’s hidden architectural treasures, July 6-21, 2013.

October 24, 2012

Opera Theater presents Mildred Miller International Voice Competition and Opera Champion of Pittsburgh Competition Finals, Nov. 3-4
Aspiring singers will be showcased in the real life drama of two vocal competitions Nov. 3-4, 2012, Carnegie Mellon University’s Carnegie Mellon Institute Auditorium, 4400 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Both professional and amateur singers compete for opportunities for prize monies and roles in Opera Theater SummerFest’s 2013 season.

October 20, 2012

Opera Theater Commissions Local and International Composers for Late Night Opera Series
Night Caps provide late-night entertainment during the second and third weeks of Opera Theater’s inaugural SummerFest, June 6-8 and 12-15. Six witty and naughty 15-minute operas are designed to be enjoyed with a friend and a signature Night Caps cocktail…

 

2011–2012 Season

February 4, 2012

Opera Theater Receives OPERA America Audience Development Grant for Night Caps Production.
OPERA America’s Audience Development grants help opera companies to implement community engagement activities that develop new audiences for American opera and music-theater, engage diverse audiences, deepen current audiences’ understanding and appreciation of new and existing American works, and increase the participation of audiences in a company’s activities…

November 1, 2011

Opera Theater Announces Winners of the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition.
Opera Theater is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Mildred Miller International Voice Competition. On October 29, five finalists sang before a renowned panel of judges, including Marianne Cornetti, Robert Croan, Kevin Glavin, Mildred Miller, and Eugene Perry…

August 24, 2011

Opera Theater Announces SummerFest 2012.
Opera Theater is reinventing itself as a summer festival, presenting three weeks of opera, concerts, recitals and cabaret from June 29-July 15, 2012. Performances will take place in The Hillman Center for Performing Arts…

August 24, 2011

Opera Theater Announces Professional and Amateur Voice Competitions.
Opera Theater is launching two new voice competitions, one for international and emerging professional opera singers, and one for regional amateur divas and divos. Named in honor of Opera Theater’s founder, the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition will bring young professionals from across the world to Pittsburgh…

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Ariadne on Naxos

"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.

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