Retirees Association

Turandot at the Benedum

          Turandot at the Benedum Center, Sunday, April 2, 2017

Reservations for this trip are due by March 22, 2017.

Members of the Retirees Association will travel by chartered bus to the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh to see Turandot. The place is ancient China where Prince Calaf falls in love with the icy Princess Turandot. To marry her, he must solve three riddles; a single wrong answer results in death. Calaf solves the riddles but Turandot still refuses to marry him. He offers her a way out. If she is able to learn his name before dawn the next day, then he will die.

Puccini’s Turandot is an all-time favorite among opera lovers. Pittsburgh Opera is offering a lavish production with dazzling sets and costumes. They are also offering the Retirees Association a substantial educational discount on tickets.

Also included on the bus trip will be a pre-opera talk by Byron Nelson, a retiree from the WVU English Department and the OLLI instructor for Opera as Drama. Byron will also offer a short critical recap on the way home.

We will leave Morgantown from the Mountaineer Mall at 10:30 a.m. and arrive in Pittsburgh around 12 Noon. There are several restaurants near the Benedum Center where you can have lunch on your own.

There is a pre-opera talk that begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Benedum. The opera starts at 2 p.m. The opera runs about two hours with an intermission. We should leave Pittsburgh around 5:00 p.m. and be back in Morgantown around 6:30 p.m.

For this trip, you will have a choice between two packages:

  • For Orchestra seating and transportation, the cost is $60 per seat.
  • For Balcony seating and transportation, the cost is $40 per seat. .

Refund Policy: Reservations for this trip are due by March 22, 2017. On that day, we will make our commitment to the Pittsburgh Opera and Budget Charters. As a result, we will not be able to make any refunds after March 22, 2017.

To join us on the trip, you will need to reserve your seat(s) on the bus and then make your payment. It is a two-step process.

Reserve your seat(s):

To reserve your seat(s), click on Turandot.

Write your check to:

Retirees Association
On the memo line: Turandot – 2W924

Send your check to:

WVU Retirees Association
PO Box 6640
Morgantown WV 26506