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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Post-pandemic, an opera company's emphasis on education could help raise money by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Festival Opera, the smaller of the city’s two opera companies, isn’t putting on any full operas this year.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 01:47PM
Thursday, June 23, 2022

Post-pandemic, an opera company rebrands as 'educational' to raise money by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Festival Opera, the smaller of the city’s two opera companies, isn’t putting on any full operas this year.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM
Friday, May 6, 2022

See and hear Pittsburgh Opera's acclaimed 'In a Grove' on YouTube by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Opera will post its acclaimed production “In a Grove” for free on YouTube on May 15th.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM
Monday, April 25, 2022

Review: 'Blue,' an opera about police violence, rings hollow in Pittsburgh by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The opera wades into one of America's most sensitive current topics and engages an a primarily emotional level. I didn't find it compelling.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 03:05PM
Thursday, March 31, 2022

Historic National Negro Opera Company house nets $800,000 more in grants from Bushes, foundations by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The historic house in Homewood recently received more than $800,000 from Laura and former President George W. Bush, the Allegheny Foundation and The Burke Family Foundation.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM
Sunday, March 27, 2022

Pittsburgh Opera’s ‘Carmen’ teases greatness, settles for satisfaction by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In a bit of 19th century lipstick feminism gone rogue, Pittsburgh Opera's production of "Carmen" didn't actually show much skin.  

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 04:21PM
Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Pittsburgh Opera's next world premiere is a whodunnit scored like a film soundtrack by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh's performances of "In a Grove," which run Feb. 19 to March 3 at the opera's headquarters in the Strip District, mark the world premiere. Tickets begin at $25 at pittsburghopera.or…

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 07:00AM
Friday, February 11, 2022

From the ashes of The Moth, Pittsburgh Story Club rises by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On Feb. 15, Kelly Dee and Alan Olifson are launching Pittsburgh Story Club, an event to replace the former monthly Moth storytelling events.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 12:00AM
Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Pittsburgh Opera season zings social media culture and brings back Mozart's 'Figaro' by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Opera's next season, features an assortment of less familiar works anchored by Mozart's crowd-pleasing "The Marriage of Figaro.”

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 08:38AM
Thursday, February 3, 2022

Diversity a priority in latest Heinz Endowments grants totaling $351,000 by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Heinz Endowments has announced grants totaling $351,000 for local artists and organizations.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 04:52PM
Thursday, January 27, 2022

Review: Even in the streaming age, a sold-out, so-so opera reminds us of the value of 'live' by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The worst operas are the ones that inspire nothing but boredom. Most fall somewhere in between these poles.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM
Sunday, January 23, 2022

Pittsburgh arts orgs are bracing and adapting during omicron — audiences remain loyal by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Everyone’s frustrated,” said violinist Christopher Wu. “It’s tough to agree on the best way to move forward.”

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Pittsburgh Opera's 'The Rose Elf' is a tale of murder and magic by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"That first production involved a lot of me dumpster diving for flowers and catching spiders for an arachnophobe,” said David Hertzberg.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:30AM
Sunday, November 7, 2021

Review: Pittsburgh Opera reaffirms its status as a national treasure with ‘Magic Flute,’ Mozart’s Masonic allegory by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

There's a man dressed like a bird hopping around the Benedum Center singing Mozart. This can only mean one thing: Opera is back.    

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 05:13PM
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine mandate leaves some Pittsburgh Symphony musicians banned from the stage by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"People are being forced to do this, not invited," said one Pittsburgh Symphony musician.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Virtual ‘Off the Record’ features Paul Martino, Mike Lange, Sally Wiggin and more by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This year’s production debuts on Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. on the Pittsburgh Off the Record YouTube page with the theme “get vaccinated.”

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM
Monday, August 9, 2021

Pittsburgh-area arts organizations partnering to shore up their finances by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

One of the major arts funders in Pittsburgh, the Regional Asset District, has a dedicated fund for organizations looking to collaborate.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 05:44AM
Thursday, July 22, 2021

Freelance musicians found new passions during the pandemic. Some aren't going back by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The discipline and skill involved in becoming a professional musician readily translated to other career fields during the pandemic.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:00AM
Thursday, September 24, 2020

Pittsburgh’s Negro Opera House makes national list of endangered places by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh’s National Negro Opera Company House is on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered Places list.  

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 09:00AM
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

City of Asylum passes the baton to new executive director by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conductor Andres Franco will become executive director at City of Asylum on Oct. 1.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 07:00PM
Monday, September 14, 2020

Live classical music returns for select, in-person audience by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

After a six-month hiatus, members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Opera have returned to the stage.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 05:01AM
Monday, August 3, 2020

Pittsburgh Opera to keep live performances but in a smaller venue by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Opera reimagines its fall season in a smaller venue because of COVID-19.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 04:00PM
Monday, July 13, 2020

Arts groups leaped online during the pandemic. Who tuned in? by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“It wasn’t a revenue generator and wasn’t intended to be — this was about keeping up engagement,” says Pittsburgh Opera’s Chris Cox.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 06:06AM
Friday, July 3, 2020

Pittsburgh's summer classical music lineup is all virtual by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Summer programming includes a week of musical storytelling in partnership with the Allegheny County Librarian Association.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 03:08PM
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Patrons’ loyalty buoys local arts groups amid COVID-19 losses by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Arts groups across America have suffered huge losses, but local ticket buyers and patrons are trying to help.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 08:00AM
Thursday, March 5, 2020

On the Arts: Classical music concerts are just too long by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Imagine visiting an art gallery and being forced to stare at the same painting for half an hour whether you want to or not.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 01:43PM
Sunday, February 23, 2020

Review: An opera brings the hammer down on a cliche conspiracy theorist — things get messy by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It’s a thought-provoking rumination, and the bizarre situation offers plenty of humor. But the opera is hamstrung by pacing issues. 

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 03:49PM
Monday, February 17, 2020

Why do young opera singers flock to Pittsburgh? by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What about Pittsburgh Opera’s resident artist program pulls in such talented singers, and why do they choose to stay?

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 08:00AM
Monday, February 10, 2020

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra reaches out in a big way in 2020-21 season by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New collaborative programs will either bring community members into Heinz Hall or send musicians to perform in public spaces. 

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 08:00PM
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Pittsburgh Opera's season has repertoire favorites and 'Charlie Parker's Yardbird' by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In May 2021, Pittsburgh Opera will produce “Charlie Parker’s Yardbird,” a 90-minute exploration of the saxophonist’s life and legacy.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 07:30AM
Sunday, January 26, 2020

Review: Pittsburgh Opera brings back baroque ornamentation in strong 'Alcina' by Jeremy Reynolds / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Soprano Natasha Wilson proved a show-stealer, her charismatic whimsy and light, supple voice proving an absolute delight.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 01:20PM