Pittsburgh Festival Opera
Intimate opera theater. Pittsburgh Festival Opera presents innovative opera, producing American works, reinterpretations of older works, and new works, for the widest possible audience. The company focuses on diversity in programming and casting, on crossing boundaries and bringing together talents from all the arts, on encouraging new talent, and on broadening audiences through outreach and education, to create a body of work that is original, entertaining, contemporary and relevant.
Pittsburgh Festival Opera brings the power of world-class performances to humanize, energize and re-define opera as an experience that is up-close and personal, approachable, and relevant to today’s audiences. We break boundaries in the arts, bringing together audiences and artists of all backgrounds to engage in experiences that inspire and enthrall.
Our primary Summer Season occurs in June and July each year, but we also present a number of other events throughout the year. Our education programs engage pre-K, elementary and middle school, and emerging professional singers to emphasize the joy of telling stories through music.
News and Events
Mildred Miller International Voice Competition
Be a part of this year's Mildred Miller International Voice Competition on 21-22 October 2017, as we search for America's best singers. Young professionals aged 18–35 compete for cash prizes and solo roles in the 2018 Festival Season.
Young Professional Artists Program
Artists interested in being part of a combined professional training and performing program are invited to apply for our Young Professional Artists Program that takes place in Pittsburgh as part of Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s 2018 summer festival activities. Pittsburgh Festival Opera is chiefly a professional company, though we are proud to make the education of emerging professional singers a large part of what we do.
Fight for the Right
Fight for the Right is a global commissioning competition for composer and librettist teams to create original music dramas based on themes of women's education. The winning entry in the competition will receive a full mainstage production during Pittsburgh Festival Opera's summer festival in 2019.
Anqwenique—One in a Million!
Congratulations to Anqwenique Wingfield, our Education Director, as she is honored as a 2017 member of Pittsburgh Magazine's 40 Under 40! An influential arts educator in Pittsburgh, Anqwenique is very active as an artist, teacher, consultant, program manager, and advisor, working passionately with youth of all ages.