Opera Theater of Pittsburgh

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Mildred Miller Posvar, founder
Main Performance Venue: The Twentieth Century Club
Beggar's Holiday
Die Fledermaus
Porgy & Bess
Gianni Schicchi
Prima La Musica

Opera Theater of Pittsburgh is an American opera company based in Pittsburgh's university and museum district. Opera Theater of Pittsburgh performs at The Twentieth Century Club in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh and at non-traditional venues around the city.

Opera Theater of Pittsburgh (OTP) was established in 1978 by the noted opera star Mildred Miller Posvar and Helen Knox. Its current artistic director, Jonathan Eaton, joined the company in 1999.

In 2012, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh reinvented itself as a summer festival presenting staged operas, musicals, recitals, and cabaret.[1]


Past initiatives have included a Fusion Festival of American-Asian works at the Andy Warhol Museum which included the world premiere of RedDust, a multi-media opera by Mathew Rosenblum and The Sound of a Voice by Philip Glass and David Henry Hwang. Other major initiatives have included the Pittsburgh Ring, two complete cycles of Wagner's great operas in collaboration with Long Beach Opera using Jonathan Dove's reorchestration. Recent American operas include Just Above My Head, a world premiere jazz opera by Pittsburgher Nathan Davis. Operatic versions of classics American plays have included Lee Hoiby's Summer and Smoke, William Bolcom's A View From the Bridge and Regina, an operatic version of The Little Foxes by Marc Blitzstein.

Aside from forays in the traditional repertory, OTP has sought to present a number of modern masterpieces which are not regularly included on standard programs: Lost in the Stars, The Emperor of Atlantis, Bluebeard's Catle, Brundibar, Der Jasager, and the English language premiere of Weill's Die Bürgschaft.

Most recently it has initiated a "Salon Series" devoted to shorter works performed in unusual spaces, such as Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, performed in a church converted into an art gallery; Bizet's Djamileh, presented in a Persian Carpet Emporium; Thomas Pasatieri's La Divina, and Salieri's Prima la Musica, e Poi le Parole, performed in Pittsburgh's own version of the Petit Trianon Palace.

Jonathan Eaton, Opera Theater's current General and Artistic director, joined the company in 1999. An internationally renowned stage director[citation needed], Eaton continues Opera Theater's mission.

The Mildred Miller International Voice Competition[edit]

Opera Theater annually hosts the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition in honor of its founder, Mildred Miller Posvar. The event, held in Pittsburgh, is a search for America's best singers. Young professionals aged 18–35 are eligible to compete for cash prizes and solo roles in the company's SummerFest. Past competition winners include Juan José de Leon, Andrey Nemzer, and Elizabeth Baldwin.

Opera Theater previously celebrated annually The Millie Awards. The purpose was to reflect several diverse aspects of Mildred Miller's distinguished career - singing, acting, community service and education. The "Millies", as they are affectionately called, recognize and show appreciation for high accomplishments in the performing arts, honoring those individuals whose support has been instrumental in the success of Opera Theater.

Community outreach[edit]

Opera Theater's educational outreach is of primary importance. Working directly with schools as well as in partnership with such educational groups as Gateway to the Arts, OTP has taken opera to more than 500,000 school children. In addition, it actively seeks opportunities to include students in productions, exceeding state standards for direct arts experiences and creating partnerships with the communities and the families for which it performs.

Record of Repertory[edit]

[2] SummerFest 2015 - July 10–August 2, 2015

[3] SummerFest 2014 - July 10–27, 2014

[4] SummerFest 2013 - July 6–21, 2013

SummerFest 2012







  • The Ring Cycle (Rhinegold, The Valkyrie, Siegfried, Twilight of the Gods) by Richard Wagner - July 14–16 and 21-23, 2006
  • Noye's Fludde by Benjamin Britten and The Jackleg Testament by Jay Bolotin - March 2–5, 2006
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti - December 14–18, 2005


  • The Ring Cycle (Rhinegold and The Valkyrie) by Richard Wagner with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - July 15–17, 2005
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti - December 8–12, 2004
  • The Soldier's Tale by Igor Stravinsky with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra- November 5–7, 2004 with Pittsburgh Symphony
  • A View from the Bridge by William Bolcom, based on the play by Arthur Miller - September 16–26, 2004


  • Summer and Smoke by Lee Hoiby, based on a play by Tennessee Williams - September 26 - October 5, 2003
  • Talking with Tennessee devised and directed by Jonathan Eaton - September 25 - October 5, 2003
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti - December 7–13, 2003
  • Jazzopera: Just Above My Head by Nathan Davis[disambiguation needed], based on a novel by James Baldwin - June 9–13, 2004


  • 25th Anniversary Celebration, Gala Concert of American Opera - April 27, 2003
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti- December 12–15, 2002
  • The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - November 22–23, 2002


  • Bluebeard's Castle by Béla Bartók - April 26 & 28, 2002
  • The Emperor of Atlantis by Viktor Ullman - April 6–7, 2002
  • Brundibar by Hans Krása - March 7, 2002
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti - December 13–16, 2001


  • Madrigals of Love and War by Claudio Monteverdi - November 4–5, 2000
  • Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck
  • Amahl and Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti - December 14–17, 2000
  • The Cunning Vixen by Leon Janáček
  • Limbus - a mechanical opera by Jay Bolotin - March 27–31, 2001


  • Die Bürgschaft (The Bond) by Kurt Weill - May 25–28, 2000
  • Songplay by Kurt Weill/Jonathan Eaton - April 26 - May 7, 2000
  • Weill We're At It by Kurt Weill - collaboration with River City Brass - April 22, 2000
  • Nogaku-za in Taniko (The Valley Rite) attributed Komparu Zenchiku - April 10, 2000
  • Der Jasager (The Consenter) by Kurt Weill - April 10, 2000



  • The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – April, 1997

















  • The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini, November 14, 1981 with the Greenville Symphony (Touring Production)