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 2014 - April 2015
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:

2014-15 Brown Bag concert dates
Saturday, October 11 Saturday, February 14
Saturday, November 8 Saturday, March 7
Saturday, December 13 Saturday, April 18
Saturday, January 3  

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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.

2014-15 Opera Up Close dates
OTELLO, Sunday, October 26 CARMEN, Sunday, March 8
RODELINDA, Sunday, January 11 DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT, Sunday, April 19
Sunday, February 15

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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

2014-15 Art Song Recital dates
Sunday, November 23 Corrie Stallings, Adam Bonnani and Phillip Gay
Sunday,  January 18 Adelaide Boedecker and Alex DeSocio
Sunday, April 12
Jasmine Muhammad and Laurel Semerdjian

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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
OTELLO November 8, 11, 14, 16 Benedum Center Main Floor
RODELINDA January 24, 27, 30; February 1 CAPA Theater Black Box
CARMEN March 21, 24, 27, 29 Benedum Center Main Floor
DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT May 2, 5, 8, 10 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
OTELLO November 11 Benedum Center Lower Level
RODELINDA January 27 CAPA Theater Black Box
SUMEIDA'S SONG February 24 Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
CARMEN  March 24 Benedum Center Lower Level
May 5 Benedum Center Lower Level

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Master Classes 

Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
2425 Liberty Avenue, in the Strip
FREE and open to the public

Expert instruction is an integral part of the training Resident Artists receive as part of the Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist Program. While most instruction is given in private, Pittsburgh Opera hosts public Master Classes throughout the season to give the community an opportunity to enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the instruction of the Resident Artists. 2014-15 Master Class dates TBD.

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Film Series

George R. White Theatre
University Center, Point Park University
414 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
**Free to Pittsburgh Opera season subscribers


Returning to the lineup of Pittsburgh Opera community events in the 2013-2014 season is the Pittsburgh Opera Film Series, hosted in collaboration with the John P. Harris Society at Point Park University. Guests are invited to enjoy films inspired by the season’s operas. Pittsburgh Opera subscribers receive priority invitations that include preferred seating and a pre-film reception. Subscribers will receive detailed information starting in mid-August 2014.

Film Series Films, Dates and RSVP Links

Orson Welles's OTHELLO
Thurs, October 16 RSVP by Friday, October 10
That Hamilton Woman Thurs, January 15 RSVP by Friday, January 9
Carmen Jones
Thurs, March 12 RSVP by Friday, March 6
Privates on Parade
 Thurs, April 16 RSVP by Friday, April 10

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