Tartans at the Opera: Interview and Review of the Pittsburgh Opera’s 'Ariodante'
This past Friday, the Pittsburgh Opera performed the famous composer George Frideric Handel’s lesser-known opera, "Ariodante." I had the pleasure of interviewing two Carnegie Mellon students who worked on the production's costume and scenic design. Below are excerpts from our interview, as well as my own thoughts on the opera itself.Pillbox | February 6, 2023
Married to the Music: The Marriage of Figaro at the Pittsburgh Opera
If there was ever an excited crowd at an opera, it would be the one at the opening night of the Pittsburgh Opera’s “Marriage of Figaro” this 22-23 season. Arguably the best written by the famed composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “The Marriage of Figaro” has long been a fan-favorite of both opera lovers and singers alike. Especially given the cast’s extensive history with the show (soprano Natasha T...Pillbox | November 7, 2022
So You Want To Get Into Opera? An Interview with Evan Lazdowski on The Marriage of Figaro @ the Pittsburgh Opera
After a dynamic start to the 22-23 season with "Rusalka," the Pittsburgh Opera is set to perform "The Marriage of Figaro", one of Mozart’s most well-known pieces, from Nov. 5 to Nov. 13, 2022. This past week, I sat down with Evan Lazdowski, a bass-baritone Resident Artist at Pittsburgh Opera. This season, he will be performing the roles of Antonio and Figaro (in the student matinee). With Carnegi...Pillbox | October 31, 2022
'Rusalka' at the Pittsburgh Opera; In Love with Love Itself
With the trailer for Disney’s live action "The Little Mermaid" coming out recently, it was only fitting that the Pittsburgh Opera’s season opener was Rusalka, dubbed “Opera’s Own Little Mermaid.” However, contrary to the slogan, Rusalka’s origins trace back to early 20th century Czech Republic, when composer Antonín Dvořák based his libretto on Czech and Slavic folklore. Here, Rusalka is no mermai...Pillbox | September 19, 2022