David Portillo, Zanda Švēde & Kenneth Kellogg Lead Pittsburgh Opera’s 2021-22 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Pittsburgh Opera has announced its 2021-22 season featuring two repertory staples and three modern masterpieces.

Here is a look.

Benedum Center Productions

Mozart’s The Magic Flute” will open the 2021-22 season with David Portillo as Tamino, Kathryn Bowden as Queen of the Night, Adelaide Boedecker as Pamina, Véronique Filloux as Papagena, and Tom McNichols as Sarastro. Antony Walker conducts.

Performance Dates: Nov. 6-14, 2021

Zanda Švēde sings the title role of Bizet’s Carmen with Scott Quinn, Michael Todd Simpson, and Danielle Pastin. Antony Walker conducts.

Performance Dates: March 26-April 3, 2022

Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters Productions

Madeline Ehlinger and Véronique Filloux star in the Pittsburgh premiere of David Hertzberg’s “The Rose Elf.” 

Performance Dates: Jan. 22-30, 2022

Antony Walker conducts the world premiere of  Christopher Cerrone and Stephanie Fleischmann’s “In A Grove.” Mary Birnbaum directs the production Yazid Gray, Madeline Ehlinger, Aaron Crouch, and Chuanyuan Liu.

Performance Dates: Feb. 19-March 3, 2022

August Wilson African American Cultural Center Production

Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson’s “Blue” will star Kenneth Kellogg, Briana Elyse Hunter, and Aaron Crouch. Glenn Lewis conducts.

Performance Dates: April 23-May 1, 2022 

Special Events

“The Return to Magic” costume party celebration, featuring the Diamond Horseshoe Dinner at the Omni William Penn and the Magic & Spirits party hosted by the Pittsburgh Opera New Guard at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters.

Event Date: Oct 30, 2021

The annual Fashion Show will be held.

Event Date: April 4, 2022 at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters

Maecenas Ball XXXVII

Event Date: May 14, 2022 at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters