Since I have been classical music critic here I have watched the Pittsburgh Opera grow and grow as an organization. Key among that is the fantastic development of its professional training program, the Resident Artists. When I first came here it was really under the bar, although before I came, in Tito Capobianco's tenure, it had some fantastic successes in Marianne Cornetti and Rolando Villazon.
But under Mark Weinstein and especially Christopher Hahn, it improved. And since Chris has been general director the quality of both the singers and what the Opera offers them has been remarkable. Our excellent feature writer, Mackenzie Carpenter, captured this in a great feature in today's paper. Please take a look and also view the video. And if you can, see, and hear, the young singers production this weekend:
"Il Matrimonio Segreto," or "The Secret Marriage," a light, amusing 18th-century opera buffa by Domenico Cimarosa, which will be performed by the resident artists at Pittsburgh School for the Creative and Performing Arts theater, starting Thursday and running through Feb. 3.