Pittsburgh Opera Revamps 2020-21 Season, Announces 2021-22 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Pittsburgh Opera has announced a revamped 2020-21 season and its 2021-22 season.

Due to the on-going COVID-19 uncertainty and concerns, Pittsburgh Opera will only perform four operas this year, all at the George R. White Opera Studio (“the GRW”) at Pittsburgh Opera’s headquarters.

“Così fan tutte” will open the season in a new addition from Oct. 17 through 29, 2020 while “Soldier Songs,” which was originally scheduled for four performances, will now be performed six times from Dec. 5 through 17, 2020.

The company will also present Handel’s “Semele” in a new addition to the season; its performances will take place between Feb. 20 and March 4, 2021. The season will end with “Charlie Parker’s Yardbird,”  on April 10 through 22, 2021.

Seating for the operas will be reconfigured to accommodate far fewer patrons based on the prevailing guidelines for gatherings at the time of the performances. Pittsburgh Opera will also enhance safety protocols such as conducting temperature checks for all patrons, artists, and staff and it will require patrons and staff to wear masks.

Beyond 2020-21

The four remaining works that were planned for the 2020-21 season will be rescheduled. “Rusalka,” “The Magic Flute,” and “Emmeline” will be postponed until Pittsburgh Opera’s 2021-22 season.

These three works will be joined by “Carmen,” which was originally scheduled for March 2020, but was canceled due to the spread of COVID-19.

The season will also include the world premiere of “In A Grove,” with music by Christopher Cerrone and a libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann.

Finally, “Aida,” which was originally slated for March of 2021, will now be performed tentatively in March 2023.