Pittsburgh Opera continues its 2023–24 Season with two intimate operas created 237 years apart.
The first, Iphigénie en Tauride, was composed in 1779 by Christoph Willibald Gluck. Based on Euripides’ great Greek drama Iphigenia in Taurus, it is the powerful Trojan War-era tale of a sister whose duty requires that she kill a man who turns out to be her brother.
The second, Proving Up, premiered in 2016. Composed by Grammy Nominee Missy Mazzoli, with a libretto by Royce Vavrek based on a short story by Karen Russell, it “offers a surreal and disquieting commentary on the American dream through the story of a 19th-century Nebraskan homesteading family.”
Iphigénie en Tauride will be performed at the Pittsburgh CAPA School Theater, downtown, on January 20, 23, 26, and 28, 2024.
Proving Up will be performed at the Bitz Opera Factory, in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, on February 17, 20, 23, and 25, 2024.
Combined, these two operas showcase the art form’s heritage and illustrate its continued relevance and staying power. They demonstrate opera’s unique ability to combine music, singing, and stagecraft to tell compelling human stories.
Both operas showcase Pittsburgh Opera’s award-winning Resident Artists.
Tickets for both operas are available online at opera.culturaldistrict.org, by phone at 412-456-6666, or in-person at the Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Ave downtown. Tickets for children and teens ages 6–18 are half-price. Group discounts, student discounts, and other discounts are available.