The first class of Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists, with then-director Tito Capobianco

The first class of Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists, with then-director Tito Capobianco

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Tito Capobianco.

A truly legendary figure, he helped build Pittsburgh Opera into what it is today. We would not be celebrating our 80th anniversary season this year if it were not for his visionary leadership spanning over 17 years.

Tito piloted many programs and features that you see at Pittsburgh Opera today. These range from the English supertitles above all of our productions to the Resident Artist program that helps mold young opera artists in two-years of intensive professional development.

The fine reputation that Pittsburgh Opera enjoys today is part of Tito's lasting legacy, and  Pittsburgh will never forget his extraordinary contribution to our vibrant cultural life. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends, and mourn the passing of a true titan of the industry.

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Tito and Gigi Capobianco in front of their portrait at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters

Tito and Gigi Capobianco in front of their portrait at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters, 2009