Pittsburgh Opera Preview

Tosca

Giacomo Puccini

Saturday September 30, 2017 at 12:30pm and Friday October 6, 2017 at 7pm

The Story

Police chief Scarpia is hunting escaped political prisoner Cesare Angelotti. Angelotti is aided by artist Mario Cavaradossi, who is dating beautiful opera star Floria Tosca. Scarpia imprisons and tortures Cavaradossi to force Tosca to reveal Angelotti’s hiding place, and has even more sadistic intentions as well. Will Tosca submit? Will Scarpia keep his end of the bargain? 

The Cast

Floria Tosca – Leah Crocetto
Baron Scarpia – Mark Delevan
Mario Cavaradossi – Thiago Arancam
Cesare Angelotti – Andy Berry


 

The Marriage of Figaro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Saturday October 28, 2017 at 12:30pm and Friday November 3, 2017 at 7pm

The Story

Figaro, the happy bachelor at the end of The Barber of Seville, is in love with the Countess’s servant Susanna, who he plans to wed that very day. However, their employer Count Almaviva has his eye on Susanna. In fact, the Count intends to invoke the hated feudal practice of droit de seigneur - the infamous right of the lord to sleep with a commoner’s bride on her wedding night.  Figaro, Susanna, and the Countess are understandably outraged at this possibility, and are determined not only to prevent it, but to teach the Count a lesson while they’re at it.

The Cast

Susanna: Joelle Harvey
Countess Almaviva: Danielle Pastin
Figaro: Tyler  Simpson
Count Almaviva: Christian Bowers


 

The Long Walk

Jeremy Howard Beck

Saturday January 13, 2018 at 12pm and Friday January 19, 2018 at 7pm

The Story

The opera is a deeply personal exploration of a soldier’s return from Iraq where he served as an officer in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit and his battle with what he calls “the Crazy” as he tries to reintegrate into his family life.

The Cast

Brian: Benjamin Taylor
Jesse: Leah de Gruyl
Castleman: Martin Bakari
Ricky: Eric Ferring


 

Ashes and Snow

Douglas Cuomo

Saturday February 10, 2018 at 11:30am and Friday February 16, 2018 at 7pm

The Story

Ashes & Snow is set in the present day, and unfolds in a run-down motel room in the desert of the American West. The protagonist must confront his demons and face up to everything he has done, and all he has lost, in his life. He is searching for forgiveness, enlightenment and atonement.

The Cast

The Protagonist: Eric Ferring


 

Moby Dick

Jake Heggie

Saturday March 10, 2018 at 12:30pm and Friday March 16, 2018 at 7pm

The Story

The opera is based on the famous novel of the same name by Herman Melville, about Captain Ahab’s monomaniacal pursuit of a legendary white whale in his ship the Pequod.

The Cast

Captain Ahab: Roger Honeywell
Starbuck: Michael Mayes
Greenhorn: Sean Pannikar
Queequeg: Musa Ngqungwana


 

The Elixir of Love

Gaetano Donizetti

Saturday April 14, 2018 at 12pm and Friday April 20, 2018 at 7pm

The Story

Nemorino is smitten with the beautiful and wealthy Adina, who appears to be completely out of his league. His prospects are further diminished when the handsome and dashing Sergeant Belcore arrives. But when Doctor Dulcamara rolls into town and sells Nemorino a bottle of his dubious Elixir of Love, things get very interesting.

The Cast

Adina: Ekaterina Siurina
Nemorino: Dimitri Pittas
Belcore: Zachary Nelson
Giannetta: Shannon Jennings