Pittsburgh Opera Preview

2014-15 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.

otello

Otello
Guiseppe Verdi
November 1st at 12:30pm and
November 7th
7pm

THE STORY: Otello transforms from loving husband to cold-blooded killer, as he puts his trust in the manipulative Iago, but believes his wife Desdemona has betrayed him - with a handkerchief.

THE CAST:
Otello - Carl Tanner
Desdemona - Danielle Pastin
Iago - Anthony Michaels-Moore
Cassio - Daniel Curran

rodelinda

Rodelinda
George Frideric Handel
January 17th at 12:30pm and
January 23rd
7pm

THE STORY: In one of Handel's most popular operas, Queen Rodelinda endures grief, terror, and political upheaval, but remains steadfastly loyal as she waits - and works - to bring her exiled husband home.

THE CAST:
Rodelinda - Jasmine Muhammad
Bertarido - Corrie Stallings
Eduige - Laurel Semerdjian
Garibaldo - Phillip Gay

sumeida

Sumeida's Song
Mohammaed Fairouz
February 14th at 12pm
February 20th
7pm

THE STORY: SUMEIDA'S SONG is 60 minutes of gripping drama about a mother's hopes for her son, and her diabolical plan for revenge that goes so terribly wrong.

THE CAST:
Mabrouka - Adelaide Boedecker
Asakir - Laurel Semerdjian
Alwan - Alex DeSocio
Sumeida - Adam - Bonanni

carmen

Carmen
Georges Bizet
March 14th at 12:30pm
and March 20th
7pm

THE STORY: LIVE FREE AND DIE FREE! The charms of Carmen the woman are obvious: wildly beautiful, passionate, and elusive. The charms of CARMEN the opera are just as evident: a tuneful score from the young Georges Bizet; a heroine like no other; splashy arias and ensembles, and a sensational ending.

THE CAST:
Carmen - Rinat Shaham
Don José - A. J. Glueckert
Escamillo - Morgan Smith
Morales - Alex DeSocio

daughter

Daughter of the Regiment
Gaetano Donizetti
April 25th at 12pm
and May 1st
7pm

THE STORY: When fun-loving, tomboyish Marie meets Tonio, it's the beginning of a madcap romance, the discovery of Marie's real parents—and show-stopping arias for both lead singers, in Donizetti's frothy romantic comedy DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT.

THE CAST:
Tonio - Lawrence Brownlee
Marie - Lisette Oropesa
Marquise of Berkenfeld - Joyce Castle
Sulpice - Kevin Glavin

 

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