Carnegie Mellon Students Work Across Disciplines To Perform
Operas on Pittsburgh Public Buses and Transportation Routes
PITTSBURGH—A team of Carnegie Mellon University students from different artistic disciplines is taking music to the streets to perform 10- to 30-minute operettas on Pittsburgh's buses and along its transportation routes from February to May.
The project, called "Bus Stop Opera," includes lyrics taken from overheard conversations or personal interviews with passengers taking public transportation in Pittsburgh. Students will sing these conversations-turned-lyrics in an opera. A small chamber ensemble will accompany the singers.
During performances, audience collaboration will be encouraged. All cast and crew will use public transit to travel from one bus stop to the next at the completion of each opera and may perform en route to the next performance location.
"Bus Stop Opera places investigations of the everyday within the realm of the extraordinary and sublime. The operas agitate the routine private space within one's public transportation ride through conversation and transform the everyday public space of bus stops around Pittsburgh through operatic performance of the same conversations," said Dawn Weleski, artistic director of Bus Stop Opera.
Bus Stop Opera is funded by an interdisciplinary grant from Carnegie Mellon's School of Art.
Operettas can be seen from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 4 on the 54C bus route, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 25 on the East Busway.