Pittsburgh Opera Preview

2013-14 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 Stephen Baum.

Aida

Aida
Guiseppe Verdi
October 5, 2013 at 12:30pm and
October 11, 2013
7pm

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 CAST:
Radames - Carl Tanner
Aida - Latonia Moore
Amneris - Elizabeth Bishop
Amonasro - Lester Lynch

The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
November 2, 2013 at 12:30pm and
November 8, 2013
7pm

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 CAST:
Tamino - Sean Panikkar
Papageno - Craig Verm
Pamina - Layla Claire
Queen - Audrey Luna

Dark Sisters

Dark Sisters
Nico Muhly
January 18, 2014 at 12:30pm
January 24, 2014
7pm

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 CAST:
Eliza - Jasmine Muhammad
Zina - Meredith Lustig
Ruth - Nicole Rodin
Prophet - Joseph Barron

La Boheme

La Boheme
Giacomo Puccini
March 22, 2014 at 12:30pm
and March 28, 2014
7pm

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 CAST:
Mimi - Leah Crocetto
Rodolfo - David Lomeli
Musetta - Sari Gruber
Marcello - Troy Cook

Orphee

Orphee
Philip Glass
April 19, 2014 at 11:30am
and April 25, 2014
7pm

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.

THE CAST:
Orphee - Matthew Worth
Eurydice - Caroline Worra
Princess - Heather Buck
Heurtebise - Jonathon Boyd

 

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