A half-hour behind-the-scenes look at each Pittsburgh Opera production featuring musical excerpts, guest artist interviews, and insight from artistic director Christopher Hahn. Hosted by Anna Singer.
THE STORY: It's a poignant family story of betrayal and reconciliation in this epic story of the Jews in exile in Babylon.
Cosi fan Tutte
Two young officers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, boast about the beauty and virtue of their girlfriends, the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella. Their older friend, the cynical Don Alfonso, declares that a woman’s constancy is like the phoenix—everyone talks about it but no one has ever seen it. He proposes a wager: if they’ll give him one day and do everything he asks, he will prove to them that the sisters are unfaithful, like all other women.
THE STORY: Mark Adamo's operatic adaptation of the beloved classic Little Women focuses on the larger than life personality and emotional journey of irrepressible, outspoken Jo March.
THE STORY: Spotlighting novelist, poet, playwright, and Pittsburgh native Gertrude Stein and her partner Alice B. Toklas, Ricky Ian Gordon's 27 features a "quick-witted libretto" and "tuneful score." It's a humorous and touching snapshot of the women's shared lives at 27 Rue de Fleurus, and their very famous visitors, including Picasso, Hemingway, and Matisse.
The Barber of Seville
THE STORY: Rossini's madcap comedy is guaranteed to send you out laughing or humming a tune.
The Rake's Progress
THE STORY: Tom Rakewell's journey from fortunate heir, to gambler, to inmate at Bedlam, is a Pittsburgh premiere and a cautionary tale you'll remember with amazement.