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.
Nov 6 - Nov 8, 2020
The Fight for the Right project is part of an ongoing series of new commissions that deal with contemporary issues in a modern voice. Previous operas in the series include A Gathering of Sons (2017) and A New Kind of Fallout (2015).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. Malala Yousafzai Michelle Obama Oprah Winfrey Rudy Bridges The kidnapped Chibok girls Your next-door neighbor? These women, among many others, have changed the narrative of women's education. What will be your story? We want to amplify girls’ and women’s voices, offer them a platform to imagine, speak, sing, and write about what they can change, what they can achieve, and how they can better their lives through access to education. Only the educated are free. Help change the world through music and drama. Women composer/librettist teams are especially encouraged to apply.