"Orphée" by Philip Glass .. up to 75% off tickets for Pittsburgh Opera

THE LIFE OF AN ARTIST, BETWEEN WORLDS OF THE LIVING AND THE DEAD

The myth of Orpheus and Eurydice gets a “lyrical, even seductive” (Washington Times) makeover from Philip Glass, via French visionary Jean Cocteau: the poet Orphée becomes involved with a mysterious Princess. Love eventually triumphs ... but not without a price.

Please join Pittsburgh Opera as they conclude their historic 75th Season with a stunning production of "Orphée" by the legendary composer Philip Glass.  Based on Jean Cocteau’s stunning French film (1950) with a cinematic reimagining of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, Glass’ 20th century take on this emotional love story is set to music “so haunting and cinematic that one cannot help but be swept up in its magic.” (Virginia Pilot). Set in Paris, Orphée is a famous, but misunderstood poet who falls for a beautiful new muse – Death, herself – nearly turning his back on life and his wife, Eurydice. Featuring uplifting jazz-inspired musical orchestration and dramatic themes of neglected love, inspired passion and fevered obsession, this stunning production is an event not to be missed.

Check out these great reviews and background articles about the show http://triblive.com/aande/music/5982756-74/opera-orphee-glass#axzz30C5jbK3u

http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music-reviews/2014/04/28/Orphee-an-opera-worth-repeating/stories/201404280040

http://triblive.com/aande/music/5931317-74/opera-plays-pittsburgh#axzz2zrRnDILq

http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2014/04/23/Philip-Glass-Orphee-has-contemporary-spin/stories/201404230036

Meetup Ticket Discount Offer

Pittsburgh Opera is very graciously offering the Meetup a fantastic deal with up to 75% off for great seats for a wonderful "Orphée" experience with its stunning music, elaborate set/costumes, and love story.

And for even more flexibility, Pittsburgh Opera is offering the discount for three performance dates (so we'll be scheduling Meetup dates for each one) 

      Saturday, April 26 at 8 PM (Opening Night)

      Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 7 PM  

      Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8 PM 

Meetup members can purchase tickets to any of these performances for the following special prices:

$40 for best available in Sections A & B ( up to $155.75 in value) which are equivalent to the best seats on the Orchestra Floor or Directors Circle with fantastic views to the stage.

$20 for best available in Sections C & D (up to $79.75 in value) which are equivalent to really good seats on the Orchestra Floor or First Tier/lower Second Tier in the balcony with great views to the stage.

If you want to check out photos of seating views to the stage inside the Benedum at various ticket price points, here is the link http://trustarts.culturaldistrict.org/production/37102/orphee where you can click on the camera icon and then set the price filter (to the normally priced tickets) to get photos to the stage for an idea of the $55 discount seats (set filter to $156) or $35 discount seats (set filter to $80) or any of the other normally priced ticket levels.  

With this special Meetup offer, please note that you will be seated on the day of the show with the best available seating in your selected sections. Pick up your tickets at the Benedum Center Box Office Will Call starting 2 hours before your performance.  To take advantage of this special Meetup offer, please go online  https://etm.patrontechnology.com/o/PO/p/o/PO/p/o/PO/p/run_module.php?__module__=3769 Just click "Continue" below and follow the steps to place your order. Confirm your seating selection, then select the number of seats, and provide your contact/billing information. You will receive an email confirming that your order has been received and containing a transaction number as a reference.   If you have any questions, please contact Randy Adams, Group Services Manager, PITTSBURGH OPERA[masked] x213 or [masked]

As an additional note -- and for those that might be looking to buy the cheapest possible ticket ($13-$21 plus ticket handling charges but with no discount) -- please know that you can do this easily yourself by going online http://trustarts.culturaldistrict.org/production/37102/orphee, calling (412)[masked], or stopping buy the Theater Square/Benedum Box Office.  Also, we'll post comments later on to let people know if the cheapest possible tickets will still be available at the door or if the show will approach a sell out.

The Meetup ticket offer is a fantastic deal (up to 75% off), so definitely think about treating yourself or bringing family/friends for a truly memorable evening.

UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD! This opera is sung in French with English texts projected above the stage. For this reason, the really good seats have both great views to the stage and the text above the stage. Music Director Antony Walker conducts a stellar cast.

For more information about "Orphée" including song/video samples, cast/artistic team, synposis, etc. please visit http://www.pittsburghopera.org/shows/view/42

PRE-SHOW DISCUSSION Your ticket also includes a very interesting pre-show discussion (including a colorful study guide) which begins one hour before every performance. Thus, we shall plan to meet inside the Benedum at 7 PM for this discussion.  If anyone would like to meet a little earlier (say 6-6:20 PM) at the Crazy Mocha (801 Liberty, near Harris Theater) we can do a little tour before the pre-show lecture, please indicate this in the comments section.

And if you can't make it on Tuesday, April 1 or Friday, April 4 performances with the Meetup ticket offer, please consider attending one of the other performances of "La Bohème"

   Saturday, April 26 at 8 PM

   Tuesday, April 29 at 7 PM

   Friday, May 2 at 8 PM

   Sunday, May 4 at 2 PM

Normally priced tickets and ticket availability for all performances may be found at https://www.pittsburghopera.org/shows/view/42 or http://trustarts.culturaldistrict.org/production/37102/orphee

More Background about this Opera

Orphée, the first opera of Philip Glass' Cocteau Trilogy which premiered in 1993, is an extended parable on the life of an artist, a poet harassed and misunderstood by peers. His success leads to the ridicule by fellow poets, ending in a creatively crippling isolation. With a renewed apprehension of his own mortality, Orphee regains his emotional strength, enabling him to ignore the trials of ordinary life, freeing him to be a poet. The poets Orphee and Cegeste, Euridice, and a mysterious Princess interact within the worlds of the living and the dead, existing in that mysterious realm that separates the two worlds. Love triumphs and thus returns Orphee and Euridice to mortal life, with no remaining consciousness of their unusual time spent between "the worlds"

Don't miss this incredible experience! 

After Show Activities (optional) Depending on the interests of the group, people could also meet for a drink after the show or go Salsa Dancing in the nearby Cabaret Theater.

Parking Here is the ParkPGH website with real-time info on downtown parking garage availability http://parkpgh.org  where you can also download apps, get garage availabilty via text messaging, etc. You can also call[masked]-8980.

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    A great evening — Phillip Glass and good company :). Thanks for organizing this Mark.

    1 · May 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in the building but traffic was so bad I missed meeting in the coffee shop! Trying to locate any of you!

    May 2, 2014

    • Sheila

      Mark is by the front table just inside near the tv.

      May 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just got this...already in my seat...DD30. Maybe I can find you during the intermission!!

      May 2, 2014

  • Sheila

    See you between 6:45 and 7:00 at the box office. Dinner is running long.

    May 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Id be very interested in a tour of the theatre. Could meet any time before the show. Is there a recommended place to park?

    April 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll aim to be at Crazy Mocha at 6p

      May 2, 2014

    • Mark

      will try to be a Crazy Mocha before 6:15 PM

      May 2, 2014

  • Mark

    There is still time to order your discounted tickets for tonight's show. Please visit https://etm.patrontechnology.com/o/PO/p/o/PO/p/o/PO/p/run_module.php?__module__=3769 and follow the step-by-step instructions in the above Meetup description.

    It will be very busy downtown tonight with the usual vibrant Cultural District plus Pirates and Penguins home games -- but this opera "Orphée" is really something special with its exhilarating music, unique staging, and powerful story. So please arrive downtown as early as possible.

    For anyone that is interested, we can plan to meet a little earlier at the nearby Crazy Mocha (801 Liberty Avenue, near Harris Theater). We could gather between 6-6:20 PM and then do a short little tour before heading into the theater for the pre-show discussion at 7 PM. You can pick up your tickets at the Benedum Box Office.

    May 2, 2014

    • Sheila

      Oohhh Salsa Dancing sounds fun. Is that a separate meet up or just something you know about?

      May 2, 2014

    • Mark

      They have Salsa Dancing almost every Friday in the Cabaret Theater. It is very popular with 100-200+ people on Fridays beginning at 10 PM. And if you show your ticket from another performance in the Cultural District, you usually get in for free instead of paying around $5 at the door. Each month, you can pick up a brochure showing the activities and performances inside the Backstage Bar and Cabaret Theater, or you can go online http://trustarts.org/...­

      May 2, 2014

  • Sheila

    Hi all. Just to confirm. The show is at 8:00pm pre show discussion at 7:00pm, right?

    May 2, 2014

    • Mark

      Yes, 7 PM pre-show discussion but it would be good if we can people there a few minutes early (6:45-7 PM) when they open the Benedum doors so you can meet and see a little more.

      May 2, 2014

    • Sheila

      Sounds good. Just purchased our tickets. See you all there!

      May 2, 2014

  • Mita

    Mark will there be a pre-show discussion and tour on Friday, May 2nd?

    April 29, 2014

    • Mark

      Yes, Pittsburgh Opera has a pre-show discussion one hour before every performance. As far as the tour, this would really depend on how early people arrive downtown and what their plans for dinner are. But I'd be happy to walk around with people for 30-60 minutes or so before heading inside at 7 PM for the pre-show discussion.

      April 29, 2014

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