Join the Pittsburgh Opera New Guard and experience everything Pittsburgh Opera has to offer! The New Guard is a community for people ages 21-49 who have a passion for Pittsburgh Opera. Don't forget to add yourself to the New Guard Facebook Group.
Want to be on the in for all of our New Guard perks and events? You'll be invited to exclusive events, have access to the New Guard Lounge at opening night performances at the Benedum, and more! Purchase your membership online today.
The benefits you'll receive with your yearly New Guard Membership are:
- Two complimentary tickets (with an individual membership) or four complimentary tickets (with a dual membership) to an upcoming performance of your choice, seated at best availability subject to performance availability.
- Upon choosing performance dates for comp tickets, allow a few days for processing.
- You'll be added to our Pittsburgh Opera New Guard E-Newsletter to stay up to date on all New Guard happenings.
- 20% discount on additional tickets
- Special rates to Pittsburgh Opera Special Events
- Free admission to all New Guard Events
- Admission and special promotions for collaborative events with other Pittsburgh young professional organizations
- Networking opportunities
- $75 for an individual membership with 2 complimentary tickets
- $100 for a dual membership with 4 complimentary tickets
Purchase a membership online.
For more information, contact Chris Cox, Director of Marketing and Communications, at 412-281-0912 x217.
This season, New Guard members can join Pittsburgh Opera’s Galaxy Society at a reduced rate. Enjoy networking and complimentary hospitality in the donor lounge, white glove ticket service, special behind-the-scenes invitations and more.
- Donor Lounge networking and hospitality at the Benedum Center and other select venues for you and a guest
- Exclusive entry to Opening Night Cast Parties
- Ticket concierge service for access to the best seats in the house
- Complimentary parking for Benedum Center and August Wilson Center performances
- Invitations to all Sitzprobe with a reception featuring wine, cheese, and socializing
- Admission to all Dress Rehearsals
- Complimentary admission to Art Song Recitals and Opera Up Close
- Name recognition in Pittsburgh Opera program books
Galaxy Society membership is regularly priced at $3,500, but New Guard members can join with a gift of just $2,000.
Questions? Contact Victoria Touscany.
Recurring New Guard Events
- Summer Salon Happy Hour – Get a jump on the new opera season with all your New Guard friends! The Summer Salon features a live performance from our Resident Artists, free food, plus a free drink ticket for New Guard members.
- Opening Night Happy Hours – Celebrate each opera’s opening night with a pre-show happy hour at local restaurants and watering holes, complete with food discounts and custom-cocktails created to tie into the production.
The 2022-23 Season happy hours will be on September 17th, November 5th, January 21st, March 25th (LGBTQ+/Ally Night), May 6th, and May 13th. Details to follow closer to the date of these events!
- LGBTQ+/Ally Night – Join us every year on opening night of our first Benedum spring opera to raise a glass to a good cause. With your discounted ticket, enjoy pre-show drinks and intermissions in a private lounge at the Benedum. A portion of each ticket sale for this event supports a local LGBTQ+ organization.
This season's LGBTQ+/Ally Night will be held on opening night of Il Trovatore on March 25th, 2023. Buy tickets using this link and the promo code EQUALITY will automatically be applied.
The Pittsburgh Opera New Guard Executive Council helps strategize, plan, organize, and promote New Guard events, activities, and more. These dedicated volunteers are crucial to the New Guard's continued success.
Current Council members are:
- Michael Komo, President
- Dan Gorchynsky, Co-President-Elect
- Rebecca Dyas, Co-President-Elect
- Lena Dickinson
- Danielle Katz
- Christian Sesek
- James Snyder
- Celia Soehner
Please email Chris Cox if you are interested in joining.