Everyone, Pittsburgher and non-Pittsburgher alike, loves Mister Rogers (#143). There is no way not to love such an endearing, caring, love-spreading man who guided us and shaped us through Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
Fred Rogers was best known for his TV show and his unlimited kindness. He’s left an indelible mark on all of us – underpinning our collective “love-one-another-for-who-they-are” social consciousness. We can likely all sing his songs –especially if there’s ever a mention of it being a beautiful day in the neighborhood.
But did you know our beloved Mister Rogers also composed operas? Yes, actual operas. We really shouldn’t be surprised that a man who seemed like he could do-it-all in fact did it all. And now two of these operas are going to be performed live on stage for the first time since they premiered on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
The Pittsburgh Festival Opera presents the on stage World Premiere of Mister Rogers’ Operas at the Falk Auditorium at Winchester Thurston School on select dates between July 13-25.
Attendees will be treated to two original one-act whimsical operas titled Windstorm in Bubbleland and Spoon Mountain. A night experiencing the musical magic that only Mister Rogers can seem to generate and a chance to feel like a kid again has us getting our tickets and looking forward to the chance to listen to the songs of our familiar friend.
Saturday, July 13 at 7:30pm
Sunday, July 14 at 2:00pm
Saturday, July 20 at 7:30pm
Thursday, July 25 at 7:30pm