Pittsburgh Opera Announces Opera Holiday Bazaar

By Francisco Salazar

Pittsburgh Opera has announced its annual Opera Holiday Bazaar.

The company revealed that in order to support its acclaimed Resident Artists program, the fundraiser will be live and online.

The event will begin on Dec. 10 and run through Dec. 12 and will feature a free live-streamed Holiday Hoopla concert performance by the Resident Artists which will feature fun and festive holiday songs. The concert will be free of charge and everyone who registers for the holiday marketplace will receive a reminder email with a link to the live stream.

There will also be a three-day online Holiday Marketplace filled with local Pittsburgh-area experiences and gifts, as well as national and international trips that can be enjoyed post-COVID-19. Among the items in the marketplace will be a bread baking class at Enrico’s in the Strip District, a romantic trip to the Amalfi Coast, or a spa retreat to Sedona, once travel restrictions are lifted, via Pittsburgh Opera’s non-profit partners at Amfund,  a custom picnic-in-a-box from Blanket and Board, and a Glass Making Class for Two from the Pittsburgh Glass Center.

There will also be a VIP virtual cocktail class with Mindful Hospitality Group and Maggie’s Rum Farm.

In a statement, Pittsburgh Opera’s Director of Development Michael Braxton said, “We could not have successfully had live performances this fall without our Resident Artists,” “We’d have loved to have one of our signature in-person fundraising galas, but COVID-19 continues to make that impractical. The online Holiday Bazaar will let us spread holiday cheer while enabling people from beyond the Pittsburgh Region to help support training the next generation of opera stars.”