Wagner, Strauss, & Mister Rogers Dominate Pittsburgh Festival Opera 2019 Slate

By David Salazar

The Pittsburgh Festival Opera has announced its 2019 slate of performances. All of the operas will be sung in English.

Everything gets off to a unique start with Strauss’ rarely performed “The Love of Danae” appearing for one performance at the Falk Auditorium.

Performance Date: July 12, 2019

“Mister Rogers’ Opera” takes the stage on the second night of the festival. The work features music by Fred Rogers that originally appeared on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; these include “Windstorm in Bubbleland” and “Spoon Mountain.” The performances will be directed by Tomé Cousin.

Performance Dates: July 13, 14, 20, 24, 2019

“The Enchanted Forest,” a pastiche of music by Sullivan, Bizet, and Mozart, will take the stage for a few performances. The work runs for 40 minutes with no intermissions.

Performance Dates: July 13, 20, and 27, 2019

Wagner’s “Die Walküre” will take the stage in continuing with the company’s four-year plan to showcase Wagner’s entire Ring. This production of the work was commissioned by Birmingham Opera Company.

Performance Dates: July 19, 21, 27, 2019

The season comes to a close with two performances of Puccini’s much-loved comedy “Gianni Schicchi.”

Performance Dates: July 26, 28, 2019