June 2, 2021
Chris Cox, Director of Marketing and Communications
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Pittsburgh Opera announces its 83rd Season
Pittsburgh Opera announces its 2021–22 season, the company’s 83rd.
During the height of the COVID pandemic in its 2020–21 season, Pittsburgh Opera was able to combine performances in its building for limited, in-person, socially-distanced audiences with a multitude of livestreamed and other digital offerings.
For the upcoming 2021–22 season, the company will be triumphantly returning to larger venues such as the Benedum Center and August Wilson African American Cultural Center, while also having programming in its own headquarters building and some digital offerings.
For the ongoing safety of its audience, artists, staff, and related personnel, Pittsburgh Opera will continue adhering to the ever-shifting COVID protocols and recommendations from the CDC, State, and County Health Departments, in consultation with a local epidemiologist. Pittsburgh Opera will update pittsburghopera.org/covid regularly with current protocols and policies.
The 2021–22 season maintains Pittsburgh Opera’s tradition of performing world-class productions from old favorites to exciting new works, including the world premiere of In A Grove and two operas never before seen in Pittsburgh, The Rose Elf and Blue.
Pittsburgh Opera’s two 2021–22 Benedum Center productions are reschedulings of operas previously postponed by the COVID pandemic.
- The Magic Flute, originally planned for Nov. 2020, will be performed in Nov. 2021
- Carmen, which was in rehearsals when the pandemic shut down production in March 2020, will be in March 2022.
Two other Benedum Center operas affected by COVID—Rusalka and Aida—are currently anticipated to be included in Pittsburgh Opera’s 2022–23 season, as is the production of Emmeline in Pittsburgh CAPA Theater.
- Sat., Nov. 6, 2021 * 8:00 PM
- Tues., Nov. 9, 2021 * 7:00 PM
- Fri., Nov. 12, 2021 * 7:30 PM
- Sun., Nov. 14, 2021 * 2:00 PM
- Sat., March 26, 2022 * 8:00 PM
- Tues., March 29, 2022 * 7:00 PM
- Fri., April 1, 2022 * 7:30 PM
- Sun., April 3, 2022 * 2:00 PM
August Wilson African American Cultural Center Production
Blue (Pittsburgh premiere)
- Sat., April 23, 2022 * 8:00 PM
- Tues., April 26, 2022 * 7:00 PM
- Thurs., April 28, 2022 * Time TBA
- Fri., April 29, 2022 * 7:30 PM
- Sun., May 1, 2022 * 2:00 PM
Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters Productions
The Rose Elf (Pittsburgh premiere)
- Sat., Jan. 22, 2022 * 8:00 PM
- Tues., Jan. 25, 2022 * 7:00 PM
- Fri., Jan. 28, 2022 * 7:30 PM
- Sun., Jan. 30, 2022 * 2:00 PM
In A Grove (World premiere)
- Sat., Feb. 19, 2022 * 8:00 PM
- Tues., Feb. 22, 2022 * 7:00 PM
- Fri., Feb. 25, 2022 * 7:30 PM
- Sun., Feb. 27, 2022 * 2:00 PM
- Tues., March 1, 2022 * 7:00 PM
- Thurs., March 3, 2022 * 7:30 PM
The Return to Magic costume party celebration, featuring the Diamond Horseshoe Dinner at the Omni William Penn and the Magic & Spirits party hosted by the Pittsburgh Opera New Guard at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters – October 30, 2021
Fashion Show – April 4, 2022 at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
Maecenas Ball XXXVII – May 14, 2022 at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
Free, Low Cost, and Other Events
FREE Pre-Opera Talks - one hour before each performance
FREE Meet The Artists - following each Tuesday evening performance
FREE Rising Stars concert – October 3, 2021 at Pittsburgh Opera headquarters
FREE Brown Bag Concerts - selected Saturdays during the season at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
Art Song Recitals - selected Sundays during the season at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters.
Opera Up Close - selected Sundays during the season at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
FRIENDS of Pittsburgh Opera events
Pittsburgh Opera New Guard events
Audio Commentary – the first Tuesday performance of each opera
- Pittsburgh Opera has a no-hassle refund policy for all 2021–22 operas so patrons can purchase their tickets with confidence. Whether a patron has contracted COVID, is waiting for a COVID test result, has been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive, or simply has a symptom that could be COVID, etc., Pittsburgh Opera will offer full refunds for any patrons who notify us that they need to cancel their tickets at least one hour prior to their performance start time.
- Season tickets (subscriptions) are currently available by calling 412-281-0912 and will soon be available online at pittsburghopera.org/subscribe. Prices range from $25 - $536.50, depending on the number of operas included and seating location.
- Single ticket sales begin in early September. As part of Pittsburgh Opera’s continued efforts to make opera accessible to all members of the community, single tickets for the 2021–22 season start at just $15.
- Tickets for children and teens ages 6–18 are half-off for all operas.
- Group discounts, including student discounts, are available.
For the ongoing safety of its audience, artists, staff, and related personnel, Pittsburgh Opera will continue adhering to the ever-shifting COVID protocols and recommendations from the CDC, State, and County Health Departments, in consultation with a local epidemiologist.
- This may include continuing requiring patrons to wear masks at Pittsburgh Opera performances and events, socially-distant seating, health screenings, and other measures.
- In addition, at Benedum Center operas, Pittsburgh Opera will comply with all COVID policies that the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, who owns and operates the Benedum Center, implements.
- Pittsburgh Opera will also fully comply with the August Wilson African American Cultural Center’s COVID policies for all performances of Blue.
For a full list of our protocols and policies, please visit pittsburghopera.org/covid.
We will update that webpage regularly.