Regarding Robert Fallon’s letter about the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians (“Musicians’ Strike,” Oct. 8): Pittsburgh Opera understands that people have strong feelings about the PSO musicians’ strike. We hope the strike is resolved soon. However, we wanted to correct two inaccuracies in Mr. Fallon’s letter.
First, ticket prices for our opera “La Traviata” start at just $12, and the average price is less than $80. We offer student and other discounts, and patrons can literally attend “La Traviata” for less than the cost of seeing a movie.
Second, Mr. Fallon says our opera “La Traviata” does not rival “the world-class caliber of the Pittsburgh Symphony.” Pittsburgh Opera has assembled a world-class cast for this opera, including a Romanian baritone and an Italian conductor. Our award-winning cast members have sung at the Met in New York and throughout North America, Europe and beyond. Besides these singers, Pittsburgh Opera is also very proud of our chorus and orchestra.
These talented, dedicated professionals work tirelessly to bring world-class classical music to the Benedum Center. Pittsburgh Opera’s chorus and orchestra members are professors at local colleges and universities and music teachers at local public schools; they are your neighbors.
We invite Mr. Fallon to buy an affordable ticket to “La Traviata” and hear them for himself. We are confident he will leave with a favorable opinion of them and recognize that they are world-class, too.