Community EVENTS

As part of our ongoing mission to enrich Pittsburgh and the tri-state area, Pittsburgh Opera strives to make opera intellectually and financially accessible to a diverse audience, offering both high quality opera productions and several free community events throughout the season.

Brown Bag Concert Series Pre-Opera Talks
Opera Up Close Meet the Artists
Art Song Recitals Master Classes
Film Series**  

Brown Bag Concert Series

Once a month, Saturdays at Noon
October 2015 - April 2016
Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
2425 Liberty Avenue, in the Strip District
FREE and open to the public

Brown Bag concerts

Pittsburghers of all ages are invited to enjoy intimate concerts of some of opera’s most popular arias, as well as a mix of Broadway, musical theater and other surprises. These concerts are a wonderful opportunity for an informal introduction to opera. Guests can even meet the performers after the show!

Additional information about each Brown Bag Concert is available in the calendar section of our website:

2015-16 Brown Bag concert dates
Saturday, October 17 Saturday, February 6
Saturday, November 14 Saturday, March 19
Saturday, December 12 Saturday, April 9
Saturday, January 9  

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Opera Up Close

Selected Sundays at 2:00 PM
October 2014 - April 2015

Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
2425 Liberty Avenue, in the Strip District
FREE to Friends of Pittsburgh Opera Members


An in-depth look at the upcoming production, with the artists that make them happen, at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the Strip District, at 2:00 PM on Sundays before the opening of each production. Opera Up Close is free to members of Friends of Pittsburgh Opera.

2015-16 Opera Up Close dates
NABUCCO, Sunday, September 27
27, Sunday, February 14
COSI FAN TUTTE, Sunday, October 25
LITTLE WOMEN, Sunday, January 10  THE RAKE'S PROGRESS, Sunday, April 17

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Art Song Recitals 

Selected Sundays at 2:00 PM
November 2014 - April 2015

Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
2425 Liberty Avenue, in the Strip District
FREE to Friends of Pittsburgh Opera Members

Art Song Recitals are high-level performances of art song literature by the Resident Artists of Pittsburgh Opera. These recitals are free to members of Friends of Pittsburgh Opera

2015-16 Art Song Recital dates
Sunday, November 22 Claudia Rosenthal, Corrie Stallings, Brian Vu
Sunday,  March 13
Laurel Semerdjian, Matthew Scollin
Sunday, April 24
Adelaide Boedecker, Adam Bonanni

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Pre-Opera Talks

One hour before each performance curtain
FREE to all ticketholders


Ticketholders are invited to attend a Pre-Opera Talk one hour before each performance’s curtain in the Main Floor/Orchestra section of the Benedum Center or the Black Box at CAPA. Learn about the composer, the story and some juicy details about the opera! 

Pre-Opera Talk Dates and Locations
NABUCCO October 10, 13, 16, 18 Benedum Center Main Floor
COSI FAN TUTTE November 7, 10, 13, 15 Benedum Center Main Floor
LITTLE WOMEN January 23, 26, 29, 31 CAPA Theater Black Box
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE April 2, 5, 8, 10 Benedum Center Main Floor
THE RAKE'S PROGRESS April 30; May 3, 6, 8 Benedum Center Main Floor

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Meet the Artists

Immediately following each Tuesday performance
FREE to all Tuesday ticketholders


Ticketholders for each Tuesday opera performance are invited to join fellow operagoers immediately afterward to enjoy  General Director Christopher Hahn and the stars of the production telling stories and giving insights into the opera, their characters, and their personal experiences.

Meet the Artists Dates and Locations
NABUCCO October 13 Benedum Center Lower Level
COSI FAN TUTTE November 10 Benedum Center Lower Level
LITTLE WOMEN January 26 CAPA Theater Black Box
27 February 23 Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE  April 5 Benedum Center Lower Level
THE RAKE'S PROGRESS May 3 Benedum Center Lower Level


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Community Relations Contact:
Allison M. Ruppert, Marketing and Community Relations Manager
412-281-0912, ext. 262