Pittsburgh Opera Preview

Cosi Fan Tutte

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's “Cosi fan tutte”​

October 17, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, 2020

The Story:

Guglielmo and Ferrando, two dashing, handsome young soldiers, boast of their fiancées’ devotion and unshakable faithfulness. Their friend Don Alfonso, who’s been around the block, is skeptical. He believes all women have fickle, wandering eyes, and bets his friends that as long as they follow his instructions he can prove it.

The Cast

Jeremy Harr – Don Alfonso
Madeline Ehlinger – Fiordiligi
Maire Therese Carmack – Dorabella
Angel Romero – Ferrando

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Soldier Songs

David Little’s “Soldier Songs”

December 5, 8, 11, 13, 15, 17​  2020

The Story:

Soldier Songs combines elements of theater, opera, rock-infused-concert music, and animation to explore the perceptions versus the realities of the Soldier, the loss and exploitation of innocence, and the difficulty of expressing the truth of war.  The libretto by composer David T. Little was adapted from recorded interviews with veterans of five wars. Soldier Songs traces the shift in perception of war from the age of 6 to the age of 66. We follow the abstract character through the three phases of life: Youth (playing war games) Warrior (time served in the military) and Elder (aged, wise, reflective).

The Cast

Yazid Gray – Soldier
Mark Trawka – conductor
Kaley Karis Smith – Stage Director

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Semele

George Frideric Handel’s “Semele”

February 20, 23, 26, 28, March 2, 4  2021

The Story:

Princess Semele wants to live her best life. To her, that doesn’t mean marrying Athamas, a mere human prince. She has her eyes on a bigger prize, none other than Jupiter, King of the Gods, who she thinks will fulfill her in ways no mortal ever could.  Jupiter is a cad, who is all too happy to add Semele to his long list of human mistresses. His wife Juno is none too pleased, and hatches a sure-fire plan for revenge. Appearing as Semele’s sister Ino, Juno tricks Semele into making a fatal request.  

The Cast

Angel Romero – Jupiter
Veronique Filloux – Semele
Jeremy Harr – Cadmus
Madeline Ehlinger – Ino

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Yardbird

Daniel Schnyder’s “Charlie Parker’s Yardbird”​

April 10, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22  2021

The Story:

While the body of the legendary tormented saxophonist Charlie “Yardbird” Parker lies unidentified in a New York City morgue, his ghost travels back to Birdland, the famed New York City jazz club named after him. As he struggles to complete his final masterpiece, the great bebop innovator revisits the demons, inspirations, and women who have both fueled and hindered his creative genius.

The Cast

Martin Bakari – Charlie Parker
Jasmine Muhammad – Addie Parker
Yazid Gray – Dizzy Gillespie
Veronique Filloux – Chan Parker

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