Everything You Need to Know About Pittsburgh Opera’s 2017-18 Season

By Francisco Salazar

Pittsburgh Opera’s 2017-18 season is set to keep opera modern with three new works making their way onto the schedule.

The season will kick off with “Tosca” starring soprano Leah Crocetto alongside Mark Delavan. That run will start on Oct. 7 and end on the15th.

On Nov. 4, “Le Nozze di Figaro” bows with Joélle Harvey, Danielle Pastin and Corrie Stallings leading the cast.

Afterword the company turns to modern opera with Jeremy Howard Beck’s “The Long Walk,” which starts its run on Jan. 20, 2018.  Douglas J. Cuomo’s “Ashes & Snow,” a one-man opera, gets its world premiere on Feb. 17, 2018. The work features electronics, an electric guitar, trumpet, keyboard and a tenor. Eric Ferring will be singing an English translation of poems from Schubert’s iconic song cycle “Winterreise.”

The season then turns to Jake Heggie, who is becoming opera’s new favorite modern composer. Pittsburgh will showcase “Moby Dick” starting on March 17, 2018. The cast includes soprano Jacqueline Echols as Pip, tenor Roger Honeywell, former resident artist Sean Panikkar and bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana in his company debut.

The season will close out with Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love” in a production set in 1950’s Italy. Daniel Slater will direct a cast that includes Ekaterina Siurina, making her Pittsburgh debut, and Dimitri Pittas.