This page was last updated on January 10, 2023.
These COVID protocols are subject to change, much as the course of COVID changes, so we encourage you to check this webpage before every event you attend. This page is always up to date with our latest information.
Events at the Bitz Opera Factory
Masks are not currently required for patrons while attending indoor events taking place at the Bitz Opera Factory, which is Pittsburgh Opera’s headquarters in the Strip District. This includes free events such as our Rising Stars and Brown Bag concerts, our May 2023 performances of Denis & Katya, and paid events such as our Fashion Show and Maecenas.
Events at the Bitz Opera are mask-friendly, meaning that anyone who would like to wear a mask is free to do so. We ask that all guests be respectful of one another's choices.
Proof of vaccination is not required for events at the Bitz Opera Factory.
To protect our artists and their ability to perform, Pittsburgh Opera maintains stricter protocols at the Bitz Opera Factory for our office staff, related Pittsburgh Opera personnel, and vendors/contractors coming to the Bitz Opera Factory on work-related business.
Pittsburgh Opera performances at other venues
These three productions all take place at the Benedum Center, which is owned and operated by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The Cultural Trust has a webpage devoted to its COVID policies. Masks are not required for patrons attending these performances. The Benedum Center is a mask-friendly facility, meaning that anyone who would like to wear a mask is free to do so. All guests should be respectful of one another's choices. Proof of vaccination is not required for patrons attending these performances. Please consult the Cultural Trust’s website for additional information.
Ariodante (January 2023) at the Pittsburgh CAPA School Theater
Ariodante will be performed at the Pittsburgh CAPA School Theater, which is part of the Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS). PPS has its own policies which are separate from Pittsburgh Opera’s, and which all patrons and Pittsburgh Opera personnel must adhere to. Currently PPS requires masks if Allegheny County is considered to be in a High COVID transmission level, and recommends them in Medium transmission levels. Please check their website for current conditions.
We Shall Not Be Moved (May 2023) at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center
We Shall Not Be Moved will be performed at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC), which has its own COVID protocols which all Pittsburgh Opera patrons and personnel must adhere to. As of August 11, 2022, the AWAACC is requiring masks but is not requiring proof of vaccination. That could change at any time, so please check their website prior to visiting.
Other Pittsburgh Opera events
Pittsburgh Opera has other events at various venues throughout the year. We will follow the venue’s policies. For example, neither masks nor proof of vaccination will be required at the September 30th Diamond Horseshoe Celebration at the Omni William Penn hotel. Please please reach out to us via email or call 412-281-0912 if you have questions about a specific event.
As always, if you feel sick or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, we continue to ask that you prioritize your health and the health of others by staying home. Pittsburgh Opera has a no-hassle refund policy for all 2022–23 operas so patrons can purchase their tickets with confidence. We offer full refunds for any patrons who notify us that they need to cancel their tickets at least one hour prior to their performance start time.
If you have questions, please reach out to us via email or call 412-281-0912.
Building Cleanings/Facility Hygiene
The Bitz Opera Factory undergoes daily cleaning, and continues to follow pre-existing cleaning protocols. Additionally, high-touch areas are cleaned and disinfected daily using an EPA-registered disinfectant to kill human coronavirus.
Pittsburgh Opera has made hand soap and hand sanitizer accessible throughout the building either at sinks or sanitizing stations placed appropriately at key entry points and where sinks are not readily available.
Pittsburgh Opera provides tissues and trash bins at or near sanitizing stations throughout the building. Anyone entering the building should always cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or use the inside of their elbow when coughing or sneezing and immediately wash or sanitize their hands.
- The Bitz Opera Factory maintains a minimum outdoor air ventilation of 15% at all times, and increases this amount as appropriate.
- Our HVAC systems run 24/7 to allow for maximum air changeover and removal of particles.
- Pittsburgh Opera has MERV-13 filters in all our HVAC units.
All persons are expected to adhere to posted occupancy limits or restrictions, and to adhere to any posted signage and instructions regarding traffic patterns throughout the Bitz Opera Factory.