Your event will stand out in the original George Westinghouse Air Brake Factory, now home to Pittsburgh Opera. The building has the raw industrial feel of an 1869 warehouse that allows you the flexibility to create the ambiance you desire. Pittsburgh Opera is LEED Silver certified in the Operations and Management category, so we encourage you to consider making yours a green event. Please note that the Pittsburgh Opera calendar on this website includes only Pittsburgh Opera events; it does NOT include rental events like weddings, meetings and parties. Call or e-mail for date availability.  


Rental Rates

Name: The George R. White Opera Studio
(rates include the Opera Studio and Founders' Room)
Uses: Presentations, productions, receptions or dinner parties
Capacity: 400 for a cocktail reception
350 in theater-style seating
200 for a wedding reception
Sq Ft: 5,000 (approx. 116' x 48')
Rental: $250 per hour
$875 for 4 hours
$2,700 daily rate

Available for additional costs: stage, tables, chairs, piano, stage lighting, audio equipment, music stands


Name: Founders' Room  
Uses: Meetings or receptions
Capacity: 100 in theater-style seating
50 for a wedding reception
Sq Ft: 1,920 (approx. 40'x48')
Rental: $150 per hour
$550 for 4 hours
$800 daily rate
NOTE: This room has use of a kitchen

Available for additional costs: tables, chairs, piano, audio equipment, music stands


All rentals will be charged a $150 staffing fee and a $150 cleaning fee.
All rentals with over 300 participants will be charged an additional $100 cleaning fee.

Green Rentals

Planning a Green Event takes a little more time and effort, but the rewards to the environment and your organization will be great. You will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have conserved resources, reduced landfill waste, and shown a commitment to preserving a sustainable quality of life for our community and our world.

Making environmental considerations part of planning for events can make a significant difference in the amount of food, paper and packaging waste generated. Environmental consideration can also result in significant energy savings. More and more businesses are seeing environmental event planning as a cost-effective measure, in addition to creating good public relations and contributing to overall sustainability.

Pittsburgh Opera reduces its rental rates by 10% to all participants willing to host a green event. All participants will need to document the following to Pittsburgh Opera through invoices and receipts:

  • Catering must be from a local, sustainable source (within 100 miles)
  • Use reusable utensils, dishes and glassware
  • Use reusable linens and napkins
  • Recycle (events must arrange for volunteers to monitor recycling efforts)
  • Use spoons instead of stir sticks (for coffee or alcohol)
  • All paper products should be 30% post-consumer recycled content or more


  • Send out electronic invitations
  • Arrange for composting
  • Arrange for leftover food to be donated to a local food bank
  • Donate floral arrangements after event
  • Arrange for shuttles to get participants to the event

 For additional information, contact Operations Coordinator Sean Holsing at (412) 281-0912, ext. 229.