Pittsburgh Opera to Present Handel’s ‘Semele’

By Francisco Salazar

Pittsburgh Opera will present the first-ever Pittsburgh performances of Handel’s “Semele.”

The opera will be presented at its headquarters in the Strip District from May 8 through 20. Stage Director Kristine McIntyre will bring the work to life in stylish Roaring Twenties Art Deco treatment.

The Pittsburgh Opera will partner with Chatham Baroque for “Semele” and will have live, socially distant audiences at all six performances. The performances will star Aaron Crouch, Veronique Filloux, Jeremy Harr, Madeline Ehlinger, Maire Carmack, Yazid Gray, and Meghan DeWald.

For all performances, the company will maintain COVID-19 safety protocols including reduced seating capacity, mandatory mask-wearing, health screenings, and temperature checks for all people entering the building. All six performances are currently sold out, but there is room on the waiting list. The May 14 performance will be live streamed free of charge on both Pittsburgh Opera’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.