The FRIENDS of Pittsburgh Opera Newsletter has a new segment for the 2017-18 season called "Meet the Team." In the dropdowns below, find information and fun facts about the people who work at Pittsburgh Opea and its Resident Artists! One employee or artist will be featured each month.
Pittsburgh Opera, Meet the Team: Meet Martina Caruso!
Martina studied vocal performance at Carnegie Mellon University and loves all things music and theater! : In addition to working for the opera, Martina sings with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, her church, First Lutheran Church of downtown and at special events and weddings all around the city. When she is not singing or spending time with friends and family, Martina is passionate about a local organization that she used to work for, Beverly’s Birthdays. She continues to volunteer her time throwing birthday parties for children experiencing homelessness in the City of Pittsburgh. We are very lucky to have Martina join the Pittsburgh Opera family. It was a true pleasure to interview Martina and get to know more about this rising star. Read on, and Enjoy!
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
In addition to being a singer/arts administrator, I am a Spin instructor and teach indoor cycling classes 3-4 times a week.
Tell me about someone who had an impact or influence on who you are today?
I know it’s cliché, but my parents are truly the people that have inspired me most in my life. They have always supported my love for music and have pushed me to follow the path that I want to take. As private business owners and entrepreneurs, they have also showed me that you can make anything possible if you have the drive and passion to make it so.
How did you first get involved with the Pittsburgh Opera?
I saw my first Pittsburgh Opera production, Carmen, when I was in High School. I grew up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh and have always felt connected with our cultural district. My decision to stay in Pittsburgh for college helped me to continue this love for the Pittsburgh Opera. It’s a great organization! Even after moving to Cooperstown, NY to work for the Glimmerglass Festival (which is also an amazing organization in my opinion), I felt the need to come back to my own city and support the company that first made me fall in love with this art form.
What have you found most challenging/rewarding?
The most challenging part thus far has just been taking in all of the different responsibilities that fall under working within this development department. I went from working for a small social service based non-profit to a much larger arts organization. What I have found rewarding however, is how open everyone in this organization is to helping each other grow and how passionate everyone is about their job. There is nothing more rewarding than that in my eyes!