Why See Pittsburgh Opera: The Summer King?
Celebrating a Pittsburgh home-grown hero
In its 78-year history, Pittsburgh Opera has never before created and produced a world premiere operatic work....until now. Celebrating the late, great black baseball catcher Josh Gibson who started off in Pittsburgh's North Side, this new production chronicles the player's rise through the ranks of the Negro Leagues to reign supreme as one of the game's greatness, before his tragic death from a brain tumor at just 25 years old. Gibson's legacy is now enshrined at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
Directed by Sam Helfrich, this new production is conducted Antony Walker and was created in conjunction with The Josh Gibson Foundation, a charity that supports local youth through sporting and academic programs.
Opening night: 29 April 2017
Suitable for ages 10
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