A close-up of the Pittsburgh Opera sign on the outside of the Bitz Opera Factory

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In April 2008, Pittsburgh Opera moved into its new home at 2425 Liberty Avenue in the Strip District. The building not only has a deep connection to Pittsburgh’s storied past – it was built as George Westinghouse’s original air brake factory in 1869 – but gives Pittsburgh Opera a bright future.

In 2021, in grateful recognition of Francois Bitz's exceptional generosity and long affiliation with the company, Pittsburgh Opera was proud to re-name its headquarters in the Strip District, the Bitz Opera Factory.

At 45,000 square feet, the $8 million project features offices, 4,000 square feet of rehearsal spaces, costume, wig, and makeup shops, and a kitchen, meeting the “multimedia” requirements of opera. The renovation resulted in Silver-level LEED certification in the Operations and Maintenance category in June 2011, and incorporates the site’s exposed brick interiors, 150 historically-accurate windows and original metal fire safes.

Pittsburgh Opera’s building was designed by IKM. A new wrap-around metal, neon, and LEED sign was designed by Bill Kolano. Contractor is Massaro Corporation.

The Bitz Opera Factory is the original home of the George Westinghouse Air Brake Factory. The air brake revolutionized railroad transportation.

Guests enter the Bitz Opera Factory through this casual, welcoming lobby.

The "Garage" Conference room has corrugated siding and a clear glass garage door entry.

The George R. White Opera Studio is the home of many of our community events, including Brown Bag concerts.

Our Five Founders are honored with a memorial plaque in our most-used public space.

Our Wardrobe department stores everything from shoes to corsets to scarves to jewelry, and manufactures costumes when needed.

The wig and makeup area, located within the Wardrobe department.

The Library holds a treasure trove of books, scores, libretti, recordings, industry magazines, and more.

Detail from the top of George Westinghouse's metal safe.

Pittsburgh Opera is LEED Certified Silver in the Operations and Maintenance category.

Pittsburgh Opera is LEED Certified Silver in the Operations and Maintenance category.

Bitz Opera Factory Space Rentals