Pittsburgh Opera Preview

2015-16 SEASON
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.


Guiseppe Verdi
October 3rd at 12:30pm and October 9th at 7pm

THE STORY: It's a poignant family story of betrayal and reconciliation in this epic story of the Jews in exile in Babylon.

Nabucco - Mark Delevan
Abigaille - Csilla Boross
Zaccaria - Oren Gradus
Fenena - Laurel Semerdjian


Cosi fan Tutte
Wolgang Amadeus Mozart
October 31st at 12:30pm and November 6th at 7pm

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.

Dorabella - Jennifer Holloway
Fiordiligi - Danielle Pastin
Guglielmo - Hadleigh Adams
Ferrando - Christopher Tiesi
Don Alfonso - Sir Thomas Allen


Little Women
Mark Adamo
January 16th at 12:30pm and January 22nd at 7pm

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.

Jo - Corrie Stallings
Meg - Laurel Semerdjian
Laurie - Adam Bonanni
John Brooke - Brian Vu


Ricky Ian Gordon
February 13th at 12:30pm and February 19th at 7pm

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.

Gertrude Stein - Laurel Semerdjian
Alice Toklas - Adalaide Boedecker
Pablo Picasso - Adam Bonanni
Ernest Hemingway - Matthew Scollin


The Barber of Seville
Gioachino Rossini
March 26th at 12:30pm and April 1st at 7pm

THE STORY: Rossini's madcap comedy is guaranteed to send you out laughing or humming a tune.

Figaro - Jonathan Beyer
Almaviva - Michele Angelini
Rosina - Emily Fons
Dr. Bartolo - Kevin Glavine


The Rake's Progress
Igor Stravinsky
April 23rd at 12:30pm and April 29th at 7pm

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.

Tom Rakewell - Alek Schrader
Anne Trulove - Layla Claire
Nick Shadow - David Pittsinger
Baba the Turk - Jill Grove


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