Community Initiatives

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 2013 - April 2014
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:

 
2013-14 Brown Bag concert dates
Saturday, October 12 Saturday, February 8
Saturday, November 16 Saturday, March 8
Saturday, December 14 Saturday, April 12
Saturday, January 11  
 

 
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Opera Up Close

Selected Sundays at 2:00 PM
October 2013 - April 2014

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.

2013-14 Opera Up Close dates
AIDA, Sunday, September 29 PAUL'S CASE, Sunday, February 16
MAGIC FLUTE, Sunday, October 27 LA BOHÈME, Sunday, March 16
DARK SISTERS, Sunday, January 12 ORPHÉE, Sunday, April 13

 
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Art Song Recitals 

Selected Sundays at 2:00 PM
October 2013 - April 2014

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

2013-14 Art Song Recital dates
Sunday, November 24 featuring Nicole Rodin, Jasmine Muhammad, Phillip Gay
Sunday,  January 19 featuring  Daniel Curran and Alex DeSocio
Sunday, March 9 featuring Samantha Korbey, Meredith Lustig, Joseph Barron

 
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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
AIDA October 12, 15, 18, 20 Benedum Center Lower Level
THE MAGIC FLUTE November 9, 12, 15, 17 Benedum Center Lower Level
DARK SISTERS January 25, 28, 31; February 2 CAPA Theater Black Box
LA BOHÈME  March 29; April 1, 4, 6 Benedum Center Lower Level
ORPHÉE  April 26, 29; May 2, 4 Benedum Center Lower Level

 
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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
AIDA October 15 Benedum Center Lower Level
THE MAGIC FLUTE November 12 Benedum Center Lower Level
DARK SISTERS January 28 CAPA Theater Black Box
PAUL'S CASE  February 25 Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
LA BOHÈME  April 1 Benedum Center Lower Level
ORPHÉE  April 29 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. 2013-14 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 2013.

Film Series Films, Dates and RSVP Links

The Loves of Pharoah September 12, 2013 RSVP by Friday, September 6
The Magic Flute October 10, 2013 RSVP by Friday, October 4
Martha Marcy May Marlene January 16, 2014 RSVP by Friday, January 10
Moonstruck  February 13, 2014 RSVP by Friday, February 7
Jean Cocteau's Orphée April 3, 2014 RSVP by Friday, March 28


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