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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
Pittsburgh Opera
The Grapes of Wrath
Ricky Ian Gordon
Korie, Michael
Eric Simonson Director
Doug Varone Choreographer
Richard Buckley Conductor
Mark Trawka Chorus Master
Allen Moyer Scenic Designer
James Geier Hair/Wigs
James Geier Make-up
Kärin Kopischke Costume Designer
Robert Wierzel Lighting Designer
Comments: Wendall K. Harrington Video Designer
Chris Evans Sound Designer
East Coast premiere
A co-production with The Minnesota Opera (world premiere January 2007) and Utah Opera.
Based on the novel by John Steinbeck.
Opening Date: Saturday, November 15, 2008
Venue & 
Performance Dates:
Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
November 15,18,21,23
Cast Information:
Al Jason Karn
Casey Sean Pannikar
Connie Rivers Jesse Blumberg
Grampa Joseph Frank
Granma Anna Singer
Ma Joad Elizabeth Bishop
Noah Andrew Wilkowske
Pa Joad Peter Halverson
Rosasharn Danielle Pastin
Tom Joad Craig Verm
Uncle John Robert Orth
Company Information
Pittsburgh Opera
Address:  2425 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15222 United States
Web site:
Phone:  412-281-0912
Fax:  412-281-3498

Mission Statement/Description:
"Founded in 1939, Pittsburgh Opera combines its long history with an exciting artistic and company vision to make it one of the most dynamic opera companies in the country today. All of the Opera’s programs and activities are guided by its mission to enrich the life of Pittsburgh and the tri-state area and draw national and international attention to the region. This commitment focuses on four goals: create opera productions which meet the highest standards of artistic excellence; convey the operatic arts in ways that make the art form intellectually and financially accessible to a diverse audience; provide educational opportunities to develop young singers into tomorrow’s stars; and ensure the future of the Company through responsible fiscal management."
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Contact Us
330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001
P 212-796-8620 • F 212-796-8621
From Airport:
The easiest way to reach the OPERA America offices is to get a cab at the airport. Cost is $40-45
(not including tip).
  • JFK - Take the AirTrain ($5 - approx. 15 minutes) to the Jamaica Street Station and transfer to the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). Take the LIRR to Penn Station ($12 - approx. 35 minutes). See Penn Station directions below.
  • LaGuardia - Take the M60 Bus to the Hoyt Ave/31st Street. Get on the or Train and take that to 42nd/Times Square Station. Follow the Times Square Station directions below.
  • Newark - Take the New Jersey Transit train to Penn Station ($15 - approx. 45 min). See the Penn Station Directions below.

From Penn Station/Madison Square Garden:
Leave the station through the 7th Avenue/33rd Street exit and walk south for four blocks. The building is on
the right hand side.

From Grand Central Station:
Take the Train to the 42nd/Times Square station and transfer to the Train.
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

From 42nd Street/Times Square:
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

For more detailed directions, most up-to-date pricing or to specify a different starting location, please visit the
MTA Web site.