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Imagine visiting an art gallery and being forced to stare at the same painting for half an hour whether you want to or not.
It’s a thought-provoking rumination, and the bizarre situation offers plenty of humor. But the opera is hamstrung by pacing issues.
What about Pittsburgh Opera’s resident artist program pulls in such talented singers, and why do they choose to stay?
New collaborative programs will either bring community members into Heinz Hall or send musicians to perform in public spaces.
In May 2021, Pittsburgh Opera will produce “Charlie Parker’s Yardbird,” a 90-minute exploration of the saxophonist’s life and legacy.
Soprano Natasha Wilson proved a show-stealer, her charismatic whimsy and light, supple voice proving an absolute delight.
Just because the Pittsburgh Symphony hasn’t played a particular piece before doesn’t mean it should. That goes for music by any composer.
Music is primarily an art of association, sounds, melodies and rhythms forging connections between feelings, events and people.
Children with autism take in information differently than their peers. The loud music and flashing lights at concerts can be overwhelming.
Ticket holders will be able to walk through unimpeded, keeping all items on their person.
“I have to be the music for every moment, every gesture, every bit of eye contact,” said Manfred Honeck of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Pittsburgh has plenty of concert halls that seat 650 or fewer, and several spaces that seat 1,300 or more. But there’s nothing in between.
PBT has announced a Live Music Appeal to shore up funding to continue the current amount of live music for the next 50 years.
Next time you’re in Heinz, remember there are acoustic shadows under the balcony, and sometimes the cheap seats are the best in the house.
Exhibits range from interactive dance and music performances to technology themed murals and sculptures and virtual reality games.
Yes, arts coverage is shrinking. But it’s evolving, not declining. Here’s the plan.
Onstage are Purple Twirling Kitty, Friendly Frank the Weather Porpoise and Hildegard Hummingbird. Meet the cast Of Mister Rogers’ Operas.
Both shows hinged on the quality of the singers. The opera delivered. “Phantom” did not. Please put down the pitchforks.
Composer Tan Dun spent two years researching lost musical manuscripts from the Dunhuang Library Cave before creating his “Buddha Passion.”
Fitzgerald wrote “The Great Gatsby” in 1925, when jazz was catching on in Paris and the foxtrot and tango were taking the U.S. by storm.
Next season includes “The Last American Hammer,” a satirical treatment of a one-man militia raging against the tyranny of the government.
“AfterWARds” shortens a full-length opera to about 80 minutes and transforms the story into a tale about refugees. It doesn’t really work.
This week “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” came to the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh for a two-night, high-energy celebration of the holiday spirit.
Benazir Bhutto was the first woman to be elected prime minister of Pakistan in 1988. Pittsburgh Opera is developing an opera about her life.
How did the different Pittsburgh musical groups measure up this weekend?
One of opera’s greatest treasures speaks about the quality of contemporary film music and her recent melodies on the big screen.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is seeking community voices to weigh in on how to best connect with local neighborhoods.
To close its 43rd season, PNME provided high-fidelity headphones to everyone in a packed theater on the South Side.
The PSO is working to develop relationships with Pittsburgh communities and artists without coming off as patronizing.
Pittsburgh Festival Opera stages a rare Strauss opera each year. This year’s offering, “Arabella,” has an unfinished libretto. It shows.
Among the zanier adaptations of the medieval romance story of Tristan and Isolde, Donizetti’s opera buffa (read: screwball opera) “L’elisir d’amore” (”The Elixir of Love”) is p…