We welcome everyone to enjoy opera, a rich and exciting art form full of sounds, sights, and music.
Pittsburgh Opera offers audio commentary for patrons with visual impairments during Tuesday performances at all our performance venues. By using hearing devices, patrons can hear the supertitles read simultaneously with their appearance on the screen, as well as hear descriptions of the set, characters, and costumes.
Braille and Large-Print Programs
Braille and large-print programs are available at each performance.
Infrared hearing devices are available at our Benedum Center performances.
Opera Study Guides
The Study Guides for each opera are posted in PDF format on the Pittsburgh Opera website in advance of the opera's opening, and are available in paper form at all performances, in the lobby area.
For more information about Pittsburgh Opera programs for Adults, please email Marilyn Michalka Egan, Ph.D., Director of Education, or call her at 412-281-0912, ext. 242.
In partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Opera will offer “Human Rights Through the Lens of Opera” at the Pittsburgh Opera headquarters on Wednesdays (September 7, 14, 21, 28, and October 5 & 19, 2016) from 1:15-2:45 pm.
All operas tell stories. As George Jellinek wrote in History Through the Opera Glass, hundreds of operas in the standard repertoire trace a continuous narrative of human history from Roman times to the 1800s. We can identify with characters in historical operas to a point, but we need the stories in new opera to help us grapple with events closer to our own times and closer to our own homes. Name any opera; themes of love, conflict, and death are probably featured. The theme of man’s inhumanity to man is ever-present, too. This course will explore how issues of human rights thread through the standard opera repertoire, with deeper exploration of the 2016-17 Pittsburgh Opera productions, including La traviata, Salome, Richard the Lionheart, As One, and Turandot. The final, culminating focus will be on the world premiere of The Summer King – The Josh Gibson Story.