Retirees Association

 Tosca at the Benedum

Tosca at the Benedum, Sunday, October 15, 2017

The reservation deadline for this trip is September 20, 2017.  (See Note below)

Members of the Retirees Association will travel by chartered bus to the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh to see Tosca. The place is Rome where police chief Scarpia is hunting an escaped political prisoner and he's trying to force opera star Floria Tosca to reveal the hiding place.  It's a story with political intrigue, love, loyalty, betrayal and murder. 

The Pittsburgh Opera is offering the Retirees Association a substantial educational discount on tickets.  Plus, 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 2 hours and 45 minutes including two intermissions.  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 September 20, 2017.  On that day, we will make our commitment to the Pittsburgh Opera and to Budget Charters.  As a result, we will not be able to make any refunds after September 20, 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 Tosca.

Write your check to:

WVU Foundation
On the memo line: Tosca – 2W924

Send your check to:

WVU Retirees Association
PO Box 6640
Morgantown WV 26506

Note:  If you are interested in going on this trip and it is after the deadline, if the Benedum Center has seats and if there are seats on the bus, we may still be able to get you on the trip and still offer you the discounted ticket price. Your seats, however, may not be in the block with the Retirees Association but they will be close by.