Staff Picks categorized 'music'

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Opera Suite à la Yardbird

Can genius overcome personal demons? Pittsburgh Opera’s April production in this most unusual year of Covid-19 programming is the Pittsburgh premiere of "Charlie Parker's Yardbird". The opera, by composer Daniel Schnyder and librettist Bridgette A. Wimberly, tells the story of Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, the jazz saxophone genius who was also plagued by drug addiction and mental health issues. The opera is told in flashbacks as…
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Music Biographies and CDs

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has a wonderful selection of biographies about musical artists both online and in print. The Library also has a large collection of CDs that can be requested and access to many different artists on Hoopla. Check out these recommendations to get started.
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Holding on to the American Dream

Where do you place the blame when your job is taken away? Pittsburgh Opera continues its 2019-2020 season with the Pittsburgh premiere of The Last American Hammer. The opera, by the creative team of Peter Hilliard and Matt Boresi, tells the story of Milcom Negley, a man who has lost his job in a hammer factory. Milcom is also a “Thirteenther,” a conspiracy theorist who…
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Falling Under Her Spell

Is it love or just an illusion? Pittsburgh Opera continues its 2019-2020 season with Handel’s Baroque masterpiece, Alcina. The opera, from a libretto by A. Marchi adapted from Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, tells the story of Alcina, a sorceress who lives on an enchanted island with her sister, Morgana. Alcina uses her magical powers to trick men into falling in love with her but is easily bored with the men she seduces. Once boredom sets in,…
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The Mystical Power of Love

Do you believe that love can take you on a journey that changes you forever? Pittsburgh Opera continues its 2019-2020 season with Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas. This opera tells the story of Florencia Grimaldi, a famous opera singer returning to her home country of Brazil to offer a performance and hopefully reunite with her lover, Cristóbal, a butterfly hunter who has disappeared in…
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The Dark Side of Charm

Did you ever want the bad boy to pay for his misdeeds? Pittsburgh Opera opens its 2019-2020 season with Mozart's Don Giovanni. The title character has a bad reputation. In the first act he seduces a noblewoman, kills her father, runs into one of his many ex-girlfriends and attempts to seduce another man’s fiancée! Despite all this, he is quite charming and sings in a…
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It All Works Out for the Best

Sometimes an old dog can learn new tricks. Pittsburgh Opera concludes its 2018-2019 season with Donizetti’s comic masterpiece, Don Pasquale. Don Pasquale, an old and wealthy bachelor, wants to arrange a marriage for his nephew, Ernesto, to secure the young man’s future. Ernesto is already in love with the young widow, Norina, but Don Pasquale does not approve. Don Pasquale decides to get married himself and disown his nephew.…
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Bohemian Rhapsody

Only death can end their passionate love affair. Pittsburgh Opera continues its 2018-2019 season with Puccini’s masterpiece, La Bohème. The story of Rodolfo, Mimì and their bohemian artist friends is one of the most popular operas of all time. This timeless tale of love and friendship is brought to life by the gorgeous music of Puccini. He really knows how to pull our heartstrings. Explore more about La…