Opera Theater of Pittsburgh to Move Into Downtown Venue

Classic Arts News   Opera Theater of Pittsburgh to Move Into Downtown Venue
Opera Theater of Pittsburgh will be able to offer a subscription series for the first time next season, as it moves into the Byham Theater downtown.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report that the company couldn't offer subscriptions recently, as it had been performing in multiple venues.

The company's season will open with four performances of The Marriage of Figaro conducted by Bernard McDonald. It will be the first of several new Mozart productions in the next five years, including CosÐ fan tutte, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute and The Abduction from the Seraglio.

Die Fledermaus will be Opera Theater's holiday production; aArtistic director Jonathan Eaton told the Tribune-Review that he hopes to start a local New Year's tradition of staging the opera.

The final opera in the company's season will be the Pittsburgh premiere of Kurt Weill's Lost in the Stars, conducted by Julius Rudel.

All three productions will be sung in English.

Opera Theater was founded by Mildred Miller Posvar in 1978 as a professional company featuring emerging singers; she fashioned the troupe after Boris Goldovsky's New England Opera Theater, where she performed before beginning her 23-year career at the Metropolitan Opera. Jonathan Eaton was appointed artistic director in 1999.

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