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Photo Coverage: Pittsburgh Opera's RICHARD THE LIONHEART, 1/21-29

Pittsburgh Opera continues its 78th season with the Pennsylvania premiere of Handel's Richard the Lionheart, at Pittsburgh CAPA Theater January 21st-29th.

Before he wrote his famous Messiah, George Frideric Handel composed a number of beautiful operas. He wrote Richard the Lionheart (Riccardo Primo) for the Royal Academy's 1726-27 opera season in London. It was neglected for a considerable amount of time before being resurrected in Europe in the mid 1960's. This will only be the second time Richard the Lionheart has been performed in the United States (the first was by Opera Theatre of St. Louis in 2015).

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Photo Coverage: Pittsburgh Opera's RICHARD THE LIONHEART, 1/21-29
King Richard I (Leah de Gruyl) (Photo credit David Bachman Photography)

Photo Coverage: Pittsburgh Opera's RICHARD THE LIONHEART, 1/21-29
Talk to the hand! Isacio, the governor of Cyprus (Andy Berry), will not tolerate dissent. (Photo credit David Bachman Photography)

Photo Coverage: Pittsburgh Opera's RICHARD THE LIONHEART, 1/21-29
• Everyone celebrates Isacio’s defeat: Costanza (Shannon Jennings), King Richard I (Leah de Gruyl), Pulcheria (Claudia Rosenthal), Berardo (Brian Vu) and Oronte (Taylor Raven) (Photo credit David Bachman Photography)

Photo Coverage: Pittsburgh Opera's RICHARD THE LIONHEART, 1/21-29
Berardo (Brian Vu) (Photo credit David Bachman Photography)

Photo Coverage: Pittsburgh Opera's RICHARD THE LIONHEART, 1/21-29
(Photo credit David Bachman Photography)

Photo Coverage: Pittsburgh Opera's RICHARD THE LIONHEART, 1/21-29
(Photo credit David Bachman Photography)

Photo Coverage: Pittsburgh Opera's RICHARD THE LIONHEART, 1/21-29
Isacio (Andy Berry) disarms Berardo (Brian Vu), while Costanza (Shannon Jennings) recoils in fright. (Photo credit David Bachman Photography)

Photo Coverage: Pittsburgh Opera's RICHARD THE LIONHEART, 1/21-29
Isacio (Andy Berry) tells Costanza (Shannon Jennings) he won’t give her back to King Richard. (Photo credit David Bachman Photography)

Photo Coverage: Pittsburgh Opera's RICHARD THE LIONHEART, 1/21-29
Costanza (Shannon Jennings) learns that King Richard I’s “ambassador� (Leah de Gruyl) is actually her betrothed - King Richard I himself, while Pulcheria (Claudia Rosenthal) shares their joy. (Photo credit David Bachman Photography)

Photo Coverage: Pittsburgh Opera's RICHARD THE LIONHEART, 1/21-29
Oronte (Taylor Raven), Prince of Syria (Photo credit David Bachman Photography)

Photo Coverage: Pittsburgh Opera's RICHARD THE LIONHEART, 1/21-29
Pulcheria (Claudia Rosenthal) daughter of Isacio, the governor of Cyprus. (Photo credit David Bachman Photography)

Photo Coverage: Pittsburgh Opera's RICHARD THE LIONHEART, 1/21-29
Pulcheria (Claudia Rosenthal) daughter of Isacio, the governor of Cyprus. (Photo credit David Bachman Photography)

Photo Coverage: Pittsburgh Opera's RICHARD THE LIONHEART, 1/21-29
King Richard I (Leah de Gruyl). (Photo credit David Bachman Photography)

Photo Coverage: Pittsburgh Opera's RICHARD THE LIONHEART, 1/21-29
Father knows worst! Isacio, the governor of Cyprus (Andy Berry) forces his daughter Pulcheria (Claudia Rosenthal) to impersonate Costanza to trick King Richard I into marrying her. (Photo credit David Bachman Photography)

Photo Coverage: Pittsburgh Opera's RICHARD THE LIONHEART, 1/21-29
Costanza (Shannon Jennings) plays right into Isacio’s (Andy Berry) hand. (Photo credit David Bachman Photography)




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