Pittsburgh Festival Opera

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Mildred Miller Posvar, founder
Beggar's Holiday
Brundibar
Die Fledermaus
Porgy & Bess
Djamileh
Gianni Schicchi
Prima La Musica

Pittsburgh Festival Opera, previously Opera Theater of Pittsburgh,[1] is a professional American opera company based in Pittsburgh's university and museum district. Pittsburgh Festival Opera performs at the Winchester Thurston School in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh and at non-traditional venues around the city.

Pittsburgh Festival Opera (PFO) was established in 1978 by the noted opera star Mildred Miller Posvar and Helen Knox. Its current artistic director, Jonathan Eaton, joined the company in 1999.

In 2012, Pittsburgh Festival Opera reinvented itself as a summer festival presenting staged operas, musicals, recitals, and cabaret.[2]

Activities

Past initiatives have included a Fusion Festival of American-Asian works at the Andy Warhol Museum which included the world premiere of RedDust, a multi-media opera by Mathew Rosenblum and The Sound of a Voice by Philip Glass and David Henry Hwang. Other major initiatives have included the Pittsburgh Ring, two complete cycles of Wagner's great operas in collaboration with Long Beach Opera using Jonathan Dove's reorchestration. Recent American operas include Just Above My Head, a world premiere jazz opera by Pittsburgher Nathan Davis. Operatic versions of classics American plays have included Lee Hoiby's Summer and Smoke, William Bolcom's A View From the Bridge and Regina, an operatic version of The Little Foxes by Marc Blitzstein.

Aside from forays in the traditional repertory, PFO has sought to present a number of modern masterpieces which are not regularly included on standard programs: Lost in the Stars, The Emperor of Atlantis, Bluebeard's Castle, Brundibar, Der Jasager, and the English language premiere of Weill's Die Bürgschaft.

Most recently it has initiated a "Salon Series" devoted to shorter works performed in unusual spaces, such as Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, performed in a church converted into an art gallery; Bizet's Djamileh, presented in a Persian Carpet Emporium; Thomas Pasatieri's La Divina, and Salieri's Prima la Musica, e Poi le Parole, performed in Pittsburgh's own version of the Petit Trianon Palace.

Jonathan Eaton, PFO's current General and Artistic director, joined the company in 1999. An internationally renowned stage director[citation needed], Eaton continues Pittsburgh Festival Opera's mission.

The Mildred Miller International Voice Competition

Pittsburgh Festival Opera annually hosts the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition in honor of its founder, Mildred Miller Posvar. The event, held in Pittsburgh, is a search for America's best singers. Young professionals aged 18–35 are eligible to compete for cash prizes and solo roles in the company's summer Festival. Past competition winners include Juan José de Leon, Andrey Nemzer, Meghan Kasanders, Alasdair Kent, Karen Chia-ling Ho, and Elizabeth Baldwin.

PFO previously celebrated annually The Millie Awards. The purpose was to reflect several diverse aspects of Mildred Miller's distinguished career - singing, acting, community service and education. The "Millies", as they are affectionately called, recognize and show appreciation for high accomplishments in the performing arts, honoring those individuals whose support has been instrumental in the success of Pittsburgh Festival Opera.

Community Outreach and Education

Pittsburgh Festival Opera's educational outreach is of primary importance. Working directly with schools as well as in partnership with such educational groups as Gateway to the Arts, PFO has taken opera to more than 500,000 school children in its 41 year history. In addition, it actively seeks opportunities to include students in productions, exceeding state standards for direct arts experiences and creating partnerships with the communities and the families for which it performs.

Record of Repertory

[3] Festival 2018 - July 6–July 22, 2018

  • La Bohème Warhola by Giacomo Puccini
  • Arabella by Richard Strauss
  • Rhinegold by Richard Wagner
  • Goldie B. Locks and the Three Singing Bears by John Davies/Wolfgang A. Mozart


[4] Festival 2017 - June 15–July 23, 2017

  • A Gathering of Sons (World Premiere) by Dwayne Fulton
  • Intermezzo by Richard Strauss
  • Xerxes (opera) by George F. Handel
  • Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim
  • Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck


[5] Festival 2016 - July 7–24, 2016

  • Carmen the Gypsy by Georges Bizet
  • The Silent Woman by Richard Strauss
  • Julius Caesar (opera) by George F. Handel
  • Kiss Me, Kate by Cole Porter
  • Little Red Riding Hood by Seymour Barab


[6] Festival 2015 - July 10–August 2, 2015


[7] Festival 2014 - July 10–27, 2014

[8] Festival 2013 - July 6–21, 2013

Festival 2012

2010-2011

2009-2010

2008-2009

2007-2008

2006-2007

2005-2006

  • The Ring Cycle (Rhinegold, The Valkyrie, Siegfried, Twilight of the Gods) by Richard Wagner - July 14–16 and 21-23, 2006
  • Noye's Fludde by Benjamin Britten and The Jackleg Testament by Jay Bolotin - March 2–5, 2006
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti - December 14–18, 2005

2004-2005

  • The Ring Cycle (Rhinegold and The Valkyrie) by Richard Wagner with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - July 15–17, 2005
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti - December 8–12, 2004
  • The Soldier's Tale by Igor Stravinsky with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra- November 5–7, 2004 with Pittsburgh Symphony
  • A View from the Bridge by William Bolcom, based on the play by Arthur Miller - September 16–26, 2004

2003-2004

2002-2003

  • 25th Anniversary Celebration, Gala Concert of American Opera - April 27, 2003
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti- December 12–15, 2002
  • The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - November 22–23, 2002

2001-2002

  • Bluebeard's Castle by Béla Bartók - April 26 & 28, 2002
  • The Emperor of Atlantis by Viktor Ullman - April 6–7, 2002
  • Brundibar by Hans Krása - March 7, 2002
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti - December 13–16, 2001

2000-2001

  • Madrigals of Love and War by Claudio Monteverdi - November 4–5, 2000
  • Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck
  • Amahl and Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti - December 14–17, 2000
  • The Cunning Vixen by Leon Janáček
  • Limbus - a mechanical opera by Jay Bolotin - March 27–31, 2001

1999-2000

  • Die Bürgschaft (The Bond) by Kurt Weill - May 25–28, 2000
  • Songplay by Kurt Weill/Jonathan Eaton - April 26 - May 7, 2000
  • Weill We're At It by Kurt Weill - collaboration with River City Brass - April 22, 2000
  • Nogaku-za in Taniko (The Valley Rite) attributed Komparu Zenchiku - April 10, 2000
  • Der Jasager (The Consenter) by Kurt Weill - April 10, 2000

1998-1999

1997-1998

  • The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – April, 1997

1996-1997

1995-1996

1994-1995

1993-1994

1992-1993

1991-1992

1990-1991

1989-1990

1988-1989

1988

1987

1986

1985

1984

1982

1981

  • The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini, November 14, 1981 with the Greenville Symphony (Touring Production)

1979

1978

References

  1. ^ Bloom, Elizabeth (February 11, 2017). "Opera Theater of Pittsburgh rebrands as Pittsburgh Festival Opera". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  2. ^ http://blogs.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/arts-a-entertainment/classical-musings/28881-opera-theater-to-be-a-summer-festival
  3. ^ http://www.pittsburghfestivalopera.org
  4. ^ http://www.pittsburghfestivalopera.org
  5. ^ http://www.pittsburghfestivalopera.org
  6. ^ http://www.pittsburghfestivalopera.org
  7. ^ http://www.pittsburghfestivalopera.org
  8. ^ http://www.pittsburghfestivalopera.org
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