December 14, 2021
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Pittsburgh Opera to perform fairy tale opera The Rose Elf and world premiere of In a Grove at the Bitz Opera Factory this winter


Pittsburgh Opera will be performing two operas this winter at its Bitz Opera Factory headquarters at 2425 Liberty Avenue in the Strip District.

The first opera is The Rose Elf, based on the fairy tale The Elf of the Rose by Hans Christian Andersen. Demonstrating that not all fairy tales have happy endings, a carefree Elf loses its innocence after witnessing a despicable crime, and resolves to give closure to the victim’s Beloved.

The Rose Elf’s performance dates are:

  • 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

The second opera is the world premiere of In a Grove. In a Grove is based on the short story by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, which inspired Kurosawa’s renowned film Rashomon. Set in 1920s rural Oregon, In a Grove is an innovative murder mystery which shows the elusive nature of truth.

In a Grove’s performance dates are:

  • 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
  • Each opera’s run time is approximately 60 minutes. Additional details about each opera can be found on the pages below.

Pittsburgh Opera is requiring both mask-wearing and proof of COVID vaccination for all audience members. Full details on Pittsburgh Opera’s robust safety measures, along with protocols for medical/religious exemptions, are online at

Tickets to each opera are $50. Tickets for kids and teens ages 6-18 are $25. Group, student, and other discounts are available. See for details.