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 Stephen Baum.
THE STORY: Enslaved in Egypt, the Ethiopian princess Aida is torn between love for her country and love for the Egyptian general Radames. Against the backdrop of their warring nations, the lovers try to defy the odds, but their fates are sealed.
The Magic Flute
THE STORY: Charming and fantastical, Mozart’s final opera is a profound yet lighthearted work that stars acclaimed former Resident Artists that got their starts right here in Pittsburgh.
THE STORY: After a raid on her family’s compound, sister-wife Eliza embarks on a quest for self-discovery. Her journey is burdened by tragedy and strife, in a work that “evokes the jittery buzz of reality television” (New York Times).
THE STORY: It’s Christmas Eve in Paris, and a young poet meets the love of his life. Their time together is a poignant picture of poverty and illness, shared by friends. The entrancing set captures the charm and vigor of 19th-century Paris.
THE STORY: The myth of Orpheus and Eurydice gets a “lyrical, even seductive” (Washington Times) makeover from Philip Glass, via French visionary Jean Cocteau: the poet Orphée becomes involved with a mysterious Princess. Love eventually triumphs...but not without a price.