In the Media

Media features and reviews reflect the scope and depth of Opera Theater and SummerFest events and programs. Here's what the media are writing  about Opera Theater Summerfest in previews, reviews, and news.

2013–2014 Season

July 30, 2014

FEATURE: Opera Theater of Pittsburgh SummerFest, The Opera Critic

July 26, 2014

REVIEW: Opera Theater Summerfest concert fitting honor for founder, Tribune-Review
Opera Theater Summerfest celebrated its founder Mildred Miller Posvar on July 23 with the best form of tribute — a concert devoted to repertoire she made her own at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City and other major houses in Europe.

July 22, 2014

FEATURE: Jonathan Eaton-Executive and Artistic Director, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, 'Burgh Vivant
It’s cocktails at the Twentieth Century Club with Opera Theater Executive and Artistic Director Jonathan Eaton! Martinis and showtunes are bandied about in delightful excess as Mr. Eaton recounts his Swahili roots, identifies what makes Pittsburgh a thriving home for opera, and entertains with the details on why Opera Theater’s Summerfest is a steel city standout. Watch the interview now!

July 21, 2014

REVIEW: Happy Hour! Pop-Up Opera Hits Downtown, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Patrons were happily surprised by the funny, romantic, (and a little naughty) 5-minute performances by company’s 2014 young artists. Some took videos on their phones while others shouted “Aw, give him a kiss!” or “Have a Jack on the rocks!” after one performer was rejected by his online love match. “I thought it was awesome, just like my home life...except better,” laughed Robert Thomas at August Henry’s. Added Chuck Brannigan, “It was interesting! We weren’t expecting it!”

REVIEW: SummerFest's 'Ariadne' Rides Crest of Superbly Blended Talents, Tribune-Review
The Opera Theater SummerFest performance of “Ariadne auf Naxos” by Richard Strauss on July 18 featured outstanding vocal performances, insightful staging and excellent conducting. But the ways those elements blended — casting fresh light on and strengthening each of the components — created the magic of opera one always hopes to experience.

July 20, 2014

REVIEW: Summerfest’s “Ariadne on Naxos” excells at operatic funPittsburgh Post-Gazette
It’s hard to convey just how much fun, what an exhilarating theatrical experience is Summerfest’s “Ariadne on Naxos” at the 20th Century Club in Oakland. Jonathan Eaton’s lively, resourceful staging and Brent McMunn’s expert musical direction of the 20-piece orchestra brings Richard Strauss’s all-too-rarely heard operatic masterpiece vividly to life. Opera Theater’s English-language production is an extraordinary accomplishment for a small company with limited financial and stage resources.

REVIEW: OTP’s “SummerFest” Gives Pittsburgh a Rare Hearing of German Grand Opera, Pittsburgh Stage
Pittsburgh music-lovers were out in full force at the Twentieth Century Club on Friday evening, July 18, when “SummerFest” gave them a taste of grand opera by a German composer – a treat they get only a couple of times each decade. Richard Strauss’s music was more than welcomed by a good-sized throng, who gave the piece one of the most demonstrative receptions the writer has heard a Pittsburgh audience bestow on an operatic performance in quite some time.

REVIEW: "Ariadne" the essence of divine music, Pittsburgh Owl Scribe
Size does matter, and, in the case of this production, small and intimate wins out over large and grandiose. It’s amazing what can be done on a space-limited stage and with minimal set resources but with a fine cast of singers and a scaled down, but lush-sounding and expressive orchestra under the masterful baton of conductor Brent McMunn.

July 17, 2014

PREVIEW: Opera Theater honors Strauss milestone with 'Ariadne'Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The SummerFest production of 'Ariadne' has been underwritten by Jerry Clack, a retired classics professor at Duquesne University and a lifelong Strauss fan who has one of the largest collections in Pittsburgh of opera CDs and DVDs. "Opera in Pittsburgh has been stuck in the 19th century," Mr. Clack says. "It's time we examined more of the masterpieces of the 20th century, and Strauss is one of the mose accessible 20th century composers."

PREVIEW: Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's 'Ariadne' promises lots of excitement, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“Of all the Strauss operas, 'Ariadne auf Naxos' is perhaps the most inviting and manageable,” says artistic director Jonathan Eaton. “It is very inviting because there's a lot of comedy in it, which is wonderful for a summer festival. It is a German opera which is still all about love and death, but has a humorous — rather than the stodgy — look one so often gets in German romantic operas.”

July 16, 2014

REVIEW: SummerFest serves up a more operatic Fantasticks, Pittsburgh City Paper 
Opera Theater SummerFest's staging in a converted ballroom is larger than the original, but some of the intimacy survives. The secret is director/choreographer Peter Kope, best known as the producing artistic director and co-founder of exploratory dance company Attack Theatre.

July 15, 2014

REVIEW: 'Fantasticks' remains simple delight with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"Try to Remember," Sean Cooper's narrator implores us in the opening moments of "The Fantasticks." This Opera Theater of Pittsburgh production makes that easy to do. Once a staple of the summer-theater season, "The Fantasticks" is now seldom performed. So, it's nice to see it return as part of Opera Theater's SummerFest with delightfully tuneful performances of Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones' score by a well-voiced cast and quartet of musicians.

July 14, 2014

REVIEW: Divas please at Opera Theater's SummerFestPittsburgh Post-Gazette
Two Pittsburgh divas pleased local fans in the opening weekend of Opera Theater's three-week-long SummerFest. Performing in the 20th Century Club in Oakland, Marianne Cornetti inaugurated the events Thursday evening with a recital that included opera arias accompanied on the piano by Brent McMunn, followed by lighter music on the second half.

July 14, 2014

REVIEW: On Stage: Opera Theater and Attack TheatreCross Currents
Now I can take my place among the thousands who have enjoyed the interactions of El Gallo (Sean Cooper), Matt(Adam Hill), Luisa (Rachel Eve Holmes), Hucklebee (Brian Hupp), Bellomy (James Critchfield), Henry (Martin Giles), Mortimer (Daniel Arnaldos), and The Mute (or The Wall, if you may, Dane Toney).

July 13, 2014

FEATURE: 2DO This Week, July 13-20: Cultural Events around Pittsburgh,Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's SummerFest continues with productions of "Ariadne on Naxos," "The Fantasticks" and "The Merry Widow," a master class by Pittsburgh native and mezzo-soprano Marianne Cornetti, vocal recitals and more.

July 13, 2014

REVIEW: Opera Theater's Summerfest starts off rough with 'Merry Widow'Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Productions are the heart of Summerfest, which is presenting a host of other musical events during July at the Twentieth Century club in Oakland. Summerfest's production was uneven at its opening on July 14, though it did rise to sustained beauty for the show's hit song, "Vilja."

July 12, 2014

REVIEW:Opera Theater's "SummerFest" and Attack Theater Join to Add a New Look to an Old Classic,The Pittsburgh Stage
Those who attended this "SummerFest's" first performance of the musical[The Fantasticks] on the evening of July 12 left the Twentieth Century Club with a new appreciation of the piece, as quite a few audience members confessed to having seen the show on a number of occasions.

July 11, 2014

REVIEW: Opera Theater's "SummerFest" a Pleasant July Breeze, The Pittsburgh Stage
On Friday evening, July 11, its first performance of Franz Lehár’s perennial opperetta, "The Merry Widow," pleased what should have been a capacity audience.

July 11, 2014

REVIEW: Cornetti justifies warm welcome on return, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 
There may have been a few people at the packed opening concert of SummerFest on July 10 who wondered why the singer was greeted as a returning hero even before she reached the stage. The extended cheering and applause was the warmest possible welcome for a performer.

July 6, 2014

FEATURE: Summerest 2014-An Exciting Mix of Musical Entertainment, Pittsburgh Owl Scribe
In the short span of 17 days, Pittsburgh audiences can immerse themselves in a wide range of musical entertainment set in the gorgeous Art Deco ambiance of the Twentieth Century Club in Oakland. The third annual installment of SummerFest, which runs from July 10-27, features three main stage productions, an opera especially written for children, a commissioned opera inspired by the work and life of ecologist pioneer, Rachel CArson, numerous recital, post-performance cabarets and more.

 July 3, 2014

FEATURE: You Should Know: Tammy Ryan, Pittsburgh Magazine
Tammy Ryan initially wanted to be on the stage, but her career path took her behind the curtain instead. She says she's fine with that-she wanted to be involved in the process of watching words come to life before an audience.

March 16, 2014

PREVIEW: Opera Theater of Pittsburgh announces SummerFest lineup, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's SummerFest is so close you can taste it. Or maybe that's the beer you'll be drinking during of the company's pop-up operas, set to appear randomly in Pittsburgh's bars this summer.  In any case, the festival's full plate of operas, recitals and smaller events is sure to satisfy all your operatic cravings.

March 15, 2014

PREVIEW: Opera Theater's performance-filled Summerfest has international flair, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The third season of Opera Theater's Summerfest, which runs July 10 to 27 in Oakland, will offer four staged works, including a childrens opera along with vocal recitals, happy hours, late-night cabarets and other special events.

October 30, 2013

PREVIEW: Opera Theater sings praises of voice competition, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Competitions haven't always been a central part of musical life, particularly in opera. Nowadays, they can be critical to starting a career. There's plenty of drama in the final rounds of competitions as singers fight their nerves and strive to sing the best they ever have. That's why the public-performance portions of competitions can be exciting for audiences. The final rounds of the 2013 Mildred Miller International Voice Competition take place Nov. 2 and 3 in Oakland and are open to the public.

September 13, 2013

FEATURE: Opera Theater’s SummerFest: Bringing opera to the masses, festival style
For more than three decades, Opera Theater Pittsburgh has showcased the best opera performers the world has to offer in a festival-style atmosphere. And its warm-weather component, SummerFest, showcases the best up-and-coming opera singers the world has to offer.

 

2012–2013 Season

July 23, 2013

FEATURE: Taking Coworking to a Whole New Level, The Beauty Shoppe
For some small Pittsburgh companies, coworking means having access to affordable office space. For New Place Collaborations, a dynamic marketing agency of two, it means having access to a place they can call headquarters, while working elsewhere when they need to. For the past few weeks, Beauty Shoppers Yvonne Hudson and Lynette Asson have been onsite at the posh Twentieth Century Club in Oakland, working with the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh on Summerfest 2013, three weeks of opera and events.

July 17, 2013

REVIEW: Wrap-up of Opera Summer Fest in Pittsburgh, OperaPulse
Hold on… let me catch my breath. Okay, I’m good now, having just run an operatic marathon with an immeasurable host of talented individuals assembled within the Rococo walls of Pittsburgh’s Twentieth Century Club during this year’s Summer Fest, presented by Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.

July 13, 2013

REVIEW: Opera review: 'Brow' a shining drama; 'Music' less successful, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Opera Theater of Pittsburgh has two diverse examples of American musical theater in this year's SummerFest: Daron Hagen's "Shining Brow" -- an operatic telling of scandal and tragedy in the life of architect Frank Lloyd Wright -- and Stephen Sondheim's Broadway classic "A Little Night Music."

July 12, 2013

REVIEW: Summerfest’s ‘Shining Brow’ is a very impressive achievement, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
A great building may need a solid foundation, but people often achieve greatness with feet of clay. The beautiful and moving opera “Shining Brow,” which Summerfest presented Thursday night, looks beyond the brilliance of Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture to the messiness of his personal life.

July 12, 2013

PREVIEW: It's an Opera Night (And Weekend) in Pittsburgh, WESA-FM
It will be a weekend full of opera performances in Pittsburgh, but they will be far from the grand Eurocentric affairs you might imagine.

July 10, 2013

REVIEW: Opera Theater's A Little Night Music, Pittsburgh City Paper
While musical comedy doesn't come naturally to opera singers, the tremendous upside is these glorious voices singing this mesmerizing music.

July 10, 2013

REVIEW: Photo Flash: First Look at Anna Singer, Daniel Teadt and More in Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
Stephen Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC opened in Pittsburgh this past Sunday as part of Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's second-annual SummerFest. SummerFest is a three-week artistic celebration that "brings together a pack of independently-spirited, joyfully unconventional people to celebrate community as well as cultural values" through the presentation of six distinct operas for theatergoers of all ages and interests.

July 9, 2013

REVIEW: ‘Night Music’ makes good use of setting, winning cast, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Academics and pedants can talk themselves into a frenzy arguing whether Stephen Sondheim's “A Little Night Music” is a musical or an opera.The Opera Theater of Pittsburgh production that opened July 7 (and repeats July 12 and 20) seems content to split the difference with a production that should offer satisfaction to both groups.

July 8, 2013

REVIEW: New take on 'Tales of Hoffmann', Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, which has never lacked boldness, opened its second summer season Saturday night with with a radical new version of "The Tales of Hoffmann," the tuneful opera by Jacques Offenbach which Pittsburgh Opera last presented a quarter century ago.

July 8, 2013

REVIEW: 'Hoffmann' excels at opera SummerFest, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Company director Jonathan Eaton's limitless imagination made grand theater on the small theater's modest stage, with his own reworking of Offenbach's ebullient and melodious "The Tales of Hoffmann -- Retold." One of the most delightful operas in the repertory, an amalgam of the comic, the sentimental and the bizarre,"Hoffmann" was left unfinished at the composer's death. There's no authentic version, so it is hardly disrespectful for Mr. Eaton to incorporate music by the real E.T.A. Hoffmann, a writer and composer as well as a romantic hero in the early 19th century.

July 4, 2013

PREVIEW: Opera Theater starts season in a new home, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Opera Theater of Pittsburgh has never been one to shy away from doing things a little differently, and this season is no exception.

July 4, 2013

PREVIEW: Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s SummerFest moves into 20th Century, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Last season, the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh reinvented itself as a summer music festival. SummerFest was a bold venture in its first year, offering three staged productions, an extravagant array of concerts, short operas called Night Caps International, cabaret performances, chamber music concerts and a Mozart camp.

July 03, 2013

PREVIEW: Theater's SummerFest is back, this time at Oakland's landmark Twentieth Century Club., Pittsburgh City Paper
Last year, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh remade itself as a 17-day summer festival at Fox Chapel's Shady Side Academy. The result was the 35-year-old company's most financially successful season. Now Summer Fest returns, at a notable in-city venue.

July 3, 2013

PREVIEW: A Weekend in the Country with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, broadwayworld.com
Stephen Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC—which contestably features his most well-known hit, "Send in the Clowns"—opens in Pittsburgh this Sunday as part of Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's second-annual SummerFest. SummerFest is a three-week artistic celebration that "brings together a pack of independently-spirited, joyfully unconventional people to celebrate community as well as cultural values" through the presentation of six distinct operas for theatergoers of all ages and interests.

June 18, 2013

PREVIEW: This year, it's summer in the city for Opera Theater of Pittsburgh
In 2012, the 35-year old ensemble managed to transpose its traditional goal of presenting small-scale, mostly English-language opera to a different key, staging a summer season on the Fox Chapel campus of Shady Side Academy. While the decision helped double the small company’s audience, artistic director Jonathan Eaton has decided to take the group in a different direction this year: back to town.

June 15, 2013

REVIEW: A new chamber version of Daron Hagen’s Shining Brow staged at Wright’s masterpiece home Fallingwater
The opera tells the story of Wright (baritone Kevin Kees); his mentor, Louis Sullivan (tenor James Flora); his lover, Mamah Borthwick Cheney (soprano Lara Lynn Cottrill); her husband, Edwin Cheney (bass-baritone Dimitrie Lazich); and Wright’s wife Catherine (soprano Kara Cornell).

It spans the years 1903–1914, which cover Wright’s commission to build a home for the Cheneys, his break with Sullivan, his liaison and elopement to Europe with Mamah, his breakup with Catherine, and the murder and fire at Taliesin that leave Mamah dead and Wright bereft.  The role of a maid who brings the angry, disillusioned Sullivan his drinks is sung by soprano Anna McTiernan.

June 9, 2013

REVIEW: Shining Brow: My Evening with Frank Lloyd Wright
Last night, my husband and I had the amazing good fortune (and foresight of planning on our cross-country road trip) to celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday at his masterpiece, Fallingwater. The brilliance of our planning is completely overshadowed, not only by the place, but by the shear genius of the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh in producing an opera about Mr. Wright, and staging it at Fallingwater, on the day of his birthday!

June 8, 2013

PREVIEW: Opera rings out at Fallingwater, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Edwin Cheney, played by Dimitrie Lazich, hugs his wife, Mamah Cheney, played by Lara Lynn Cottrill, during dress rehearsal for "Shining Brow," performed by the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh at Fallingwater in Mill Run, Fayette County, Wednesday. 

The opera, composed by Daron Hagen with a libretto by Paul Muldoon, is based on the life of Fallingwater's architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. The performance, the first opera at the house, ran Friday and will also run today.

June 6, 2013

PREVIEW: Opera Theater and Fallingwater: Two Worlds Making Beautiful Music Together, WESA-FM
Celebrated American architect Frank Lloyd Wright once drew up plans for the area occupied by Point State Park. While those plans didn’t come to fruition, the area is proud to boast two homes designed by the visionary architect – Kentuck Knob and the iconic Fallingwater. This weekend, which would have been Frank Lloyd Wright’s 146th birthday, the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, in conjunction with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, will present Shining Brow, an opera covering eleven years in the life of Frank Lloyd Wright, performed on the exterior terraces of Fallingwater.

June 5, 2013

PREVIEW: Shining Brow—an opera about Frank Lloyd Wright
If there was ever a life that should be made into an opera it is that of America's greatest architect Frank Lloyd Wright. For after all, operas are nothing but drama of great proportions with scandalous goings on in-between.

June 5, 2013

PREVIEW: Opera Theater of Pittsburgh to perform at Fallingwater, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Adultery, betrayal, murder, fire, devastation—it's all there in "Shining Brow," an opera composed by Daron Hagen with a libretto by Northern Irish poet laureate Paul Muldoon. On Friday and Saturday, it will be performed on the outdoor terraces at Fallingwater by the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh as part of its SummerFest. It's the first time this opera has been staged at one of the architect's houses and the first time any opera has been performed at this house.

May 31, 2013

PREVIEW: Fallingwater Backdrop for Wright Opera, Herald-Standard, Uniontown, PA
Shining Brow will take stage at the world-known Fallingwater in Mill Run June 7 and 8. The event marks the first time composer Daren Hagen's opera will be held at one of the famed architect's buildings and the world premiere of Hagen's re-orchestration for chamber opera done specifically for the occasion.

May 25, 2013

PREVIEW: Architecture and Tragedy Inspire an Event, The Daily News, Huntingdon, PA
On June 7–8, this region will experience a singular convergence of art and architecture when Shining Brow is performed at Fallingwater.

April 16, 2013

PREVIEWOpera Theater of Pittsburgh to Performing 'Shining Brow' at Fallingwater, The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy 
Opera Theater’s Artistic Director Jonathan Eaton directs this production about Fallingwater’s creator and arguably America’s most famous architect and uses the house as its set. The piece captures the 11 most tumultuous years of Frank Lloyd Wright’s life.

 

2011–2012 Season

July 16, 2012

REVIEW: Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s ‘Candide’ Ends SummerFest on a High Note, Alexandra Strycula, BroadwayWorld.Com
Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s SummerFest ended on a high note this Sunday with the festival’s pitch-perfect final showing of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide…This Candide’s standout performance is by far that of Pittsburgh native Abigail Dueppen, who dazzles with her performance as the ditzy-happy Cunegonde. Her rendition of “Glitter and Be Gay” quite literally stopped the show on Sunday with a prolonged – and fully merited – round of vigorous applause…

July 9, 2012

FEATURE: Teaching Voice from the Inside: UPMC and Opera Theater, Andrew Druckenbrod, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Opera singers get plenty of advice, but even the best voice teachers can’t see exactly how larynxes operate during arias and the like. Tomorrow the UPMC Voice Center will do just that when it offers free vocal cord endoscopies to the young singers performing in the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s Summerfest…

July 8, 2012

REVIEW: ‘Candide’ and More from Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Gordon Spencer, WRCT
You’ll hear and see what justifies the acclaim and reputation accorded this, given uniformly magnificent singing, several wonderful character interpretations, filling out plenty of zippy business directed by consistently locally admired Scott Wise and remarkably adept playing by a 12-member orchestra led by Brent McMunn…

July 8, 2012

REVIEW: Opera Theater’s ‘Candide’ has Ups and Downs, Mark Kanny, Tribune Review
Opera Theater’s SummerFest production of “Candide” opened Saturday night and…generated plenty of laughs at The Hillman Center for Performing Arts…FitzGerald’s [Dr. Pangloss]dramatic presence was strong…Daniel Teadt and Abigail Dueppen were appealing as Candide and his lady love Cunegonde…The evening’s standout performer was Andrey Nemzer as The Old Lady in drag and with a heavy Russian accent. His strongly sung portrayal was a hoot, deliciously campy without being overdone… 

July 6, 2012

PREVIEW: Opera Theater’s SummerFest Brings ‘The Best of All Possible Worlds’ to Pittsburgh, Alexandra Strycula, BroadwayWorld.Com
Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide lands in Pittsburgh this Saturday as part of Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s SummerFest, a three-week celebration of opera, music and live theater…look out for Countertenor Andrey Nemzer, who sings the role of The Old Lady, a character who accompanies Candide for much of his journey…Pittsburgh natives Daniel Teadt and Abigail Dueppen star as Candide and Cunegonde, respectively…

July 4, 2012

PREVIEW: SummerFest Hits a High Note with Classical Concerts, Mark Kanny, Tribune Review
Opera Theater SummerFest classical concerts start with countertenor Andrey Nemzer on Tuesday and the Pittsburgh Chamber Players on Wednesday…Nemzer will be giving his first solo concert in Pittsburgh since he was named one of five winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions on March 18. Before winning at the Met, Nemzer won the 2011 Mildred Miller International Vocal Competition, which was run the Opera Theater and named for its founder…

July 2, 2012

REVIEW: Inventive ‘Carmen’ Still True to Ideals, Elizabeth Bloom, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
What made SummerFest’s “Carmen” successful was passionate singing matched by authentic emotion — the fundamentals of strong operatic performance…Whenever Carmen (Kara Cornell) came on stage, she might as well have licked her lips, hungry to command the other characters and mesmerize the audience (both of which she did successfully)…she kept the opera’s promise of sultriness…

July 2, 2012

REVIEW: Tough Luck Affects Enjoyable ‘Magic Flute’, Andrew Druckenbrod, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
[Papageno] Mr. Lazich was a marvel, the mix of silliness and strong singing that serves the ludicrous Papageno well. Sabrina Warren had a lovely, gentle texture throughout as Pamina. She channeled Lucia with a knife in her hand. The most intriguing casting was standout countertenor Andrey Nemzer as the despicable Monostatos. Not because of any shock value, at least not to me, but because it juxtaposed his timbre in the head voice compared to Ms. Salas’…

July 1, 2012

REVIEW: Second Performance of Eaton’s ‘Carmen’ is Not to be Missed, Mark Kanny, Tribune Review
Opera directors usually search for new perspectives when staging yet another performance of old masterpieces. Few are as radical or successful as Jonathan Eaton is in his new version of Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” called “Carmen – the Gypsy,” which made its debut Saturday at Opera Theater SummerFest…The production would be worth seeing for Kara Cornell’s portray of Carmen alone, but, in truth, the entire cast was outstanding and obviously well-rehearsed…Cornell reveled in Carmen’s earthiness as well as her personal strength and integrity…

June 30, 2012

REVIEW: ‘Magic Flute’ Mostly a Delight, Mark Kanny, Tribune Review
Artistic director Jonathan Eaton’s new staging of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” was a delight to encounter Friday night at The Hillman Center for Performing Arts at Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel. Eaton found a different angle from which to approach the opera but one that was harmonious with the heart of “The Magic Flute.” He framed it as a dream and placed all the action in a single set, the dreamer Tamino’s bedroom…Beyond the many points of individual excellence, Summerfest’s “The Magic Flute” was an ensemble effort filled with Mozartean joy. The festival is off to a strong start…

June 29, 2012

PREVIEW: Opera Theater of Pittsburgh Presents SummerFest 2012, Alexandra Strycula, BroadwayWorld.Com
Opera Theater of Pittsburgh raises the curtain on SummerFest, a three-week classical music festival new to Western Pennsylvania, on Fri., June 29. SummerFest features opera sung in English, concerts, recitals, cabaret, visual arts and the SummerFest Fringe, June 29–July 15, 2012, at The Hillman Center for Performing Arts, Shady Side Academy, 423 Fox Chapel Road, 15238. Music and theater lovers are invited to step into some beloved works, experience witty world-premiere music dramas and discover seldom-performed masterpieces. Free outdoor fringe performances and other visual and performing arts events add to the festivities…

June 27, 2012

PREVIEW: Opera Theater of Pittsburgh Reinvents Itself as a 17-day Summer Festival, Bill O’Driscoll, City Paper
Opera Theater of Pittsburgh occupies what might seem an unlikely headquarters: the third floor of Lawrenceville’s Stephen Foster Community Center, a hulking old brick building owned by the Catholic Youth Association. The ground floor houses a senior center and the second level is a day care. So while sopranos and tenors rehearse upstairs, toddlers scale the jungle gym and white-haired gents step outside to bemoan the humidity…

June 26, 2012

PREVIEW: Opera Theater SummerFest Gives Classical Feeling to Summer, Mark Kanny, Tribune Review
Opera Theater of Pittsburgh is boldly reinventing itself this year by becoming a summer music festival…The schedule of events offers the extravagant range of choices one expects of a festival. There is a new production of The Magic Flute, a new version of Carmen and a revival of Candide, plus six world premieres of 10 to 15 minute operas called Night Caps, four concerts and a Mozart Camp. In addition, there are a wide array of Fringe events, which are free…

June 24, 2012

PREVIEW: SummerFest Set at Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Andrew Druckenbrod, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
For nearly a decade, the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh has been a roving band, a troupe seeking a different venue for every production…This summer, he [Director Jonathan Eaton] and Opera Theater will finally settle down…

 

2010–2011 Season

January 1, 2012

REVIEW: Opera Theater Production of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice makes Tribune Review Top Ten List for 2011.

Opera Theater director Jonathan Eaton outdid himself this time. He not only staged Ricky Ian Gordon’s touching song cycle “Orpheus and Euridice,” but he did so in the middle of the Allegheny Cemetery. The gravestones, mausoleums and monuments gave poignant meaning to the work written after Mr. Gordon’s partner died of AIDS…