Verdi + Shakespeare = an opera tour de force to launch a new performing arts company! Help Resonance Works | Pittsburgh produce MACBETH!
Maria Sensi Sellner
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RESONANCE WORKS | Pittsburgh’s inaugural production, Verdi's MACBETH, will give the piece its first performance in Pittsburgh in 26 years. It will feature spectacular local artists, including soprano Amelia D’Arcy in the demanding role of Lady Macbeth, as well as emerging artists from across the country. Staged with chamber orchestra, the Scottish play (opera) will be presented in the Gothic-inspired architecture of the Charity Randall Theatre at the University of Pittsburgh in October 2013.

Meet our cast, buy tickets, and keep up with news about our Macbeth here.

Who We Are

Resonance Works was founded in 2013 by conductor Maria Sensi Sellner. Responding to a volatile economy with shrinking opportunities to see and perform live classical music, Maria and a few scrappy (read: entrepreneurial) friends and colleagues formulated a plan to bring underutilized artists to forgotten or neglected venues in the Greater Pittsburgh area.

For over a century, Pittsburgh’s unprecedented capacity for reinvention has been made possible by a consistent commitment to excellence, innovation, and the value of hard work.  Resonance Works is born of this spirit - standards and values that are as critical to artists as they are to the steel, aluminum, finance, healthcare, and high-technology industries fundamental to the region’s identity.

Maria is a Pittsburgher through and through. Born, raised, and educated in the Greater Pittsburgh area (she’s a Carnegie Mellon alum several times over), she can’t ever seem to shake her attachment to her city. Her conducting has taken her far and wide, with rave reviews from Boston, New York, Cleveland, and countless other wonderful places, but she is always looking for more ways to work at home, so she founded Resonance Works.

Read more about Maria’s conducting cred here.

Our mission statement: RESONANCE WORKS crafts performance projects that explore the confluence of music, space, artist, and audience. Inspired by Pittsburgh’s industrial and economic reinvention, we are committed to empowering musicians and reimagining the alchemical possibilities of performance.

What We Need & What You Get

Resonance Works wants to make a splash with its inaugural production. We have great plans for great music in the Greater Pittsburgh area, but the costs associated with mounting an opera production are large and numerous. Our modest artist fees alone will come in at over $15,000. Add another $5,000 for venue rental and our minimalist production expenses (think: costumes, props, etc.) and we're looking at over $20,000...

...and that only covers what you see on stage! There are countless other hidden expenses that go into bringing an opera to life and getting it in front of an audience, so we need your help...

We hope to raise $10,000 through this Indiegogo campaign, and we hope that you will help us do that! We believe in the importance of the arts in our culture and our lives. We believe that making art is good, honest, human work. We believe that Resonance Works can fill an important role in developing artists and strengthening the community in Pittsburgh, and your contribution will be instrumental in our efforts.

Certain perks (named for the Pittsburgh steel industry) are available for donations of $10 or more including tickets to Macbeth, acknowledgement on our website, opportunities to meet our extraordinary cast, a private concert in your home or business, and dinner with Maria.


Resonance Works | Pittsburgh is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.  The fair-market value of perks varies, and is listed alongside each perk.  Any contribution above that amount is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

What Else Can YOU Do

Talk about us!  Learn more about Resonance Works at our website and Facebook page. Share this campaign on Facebook and Twitter. We can't spread our message without your help.

If you live in the Pittsburgh area and want to get involved, contact us! We’d love to have you along for the ride.

More About Macbeth

RESONANCE WORKS presents Verdi’s Macbeth.

The first of Verdi’s three Shakespearean operas, Macbeth is arguably the most important work of his formative years.  Verdi called Shakespeare’s play “one of the greatest creations of man” and took particular care in every aspect of his composition.

Friday, October 25th, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday October 27th, 3:00 p.m.

in celebration of Verdi’s 200th birthday
Charity Randall Theatre, 4301 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh

Tickets are available for purchase online.

Our Artists & Artistic Team:

  • Director: David Gram

  • Conductor: Maria Sensi Sellner

  • Macbeth: Galen Bower

  • Lady Macbeth: Amelia D'Arcy

  • Banco: Jonathan Stuckey

  • Macduff: Christopher Lucier

  • Lady-in-Waiting: Brooke Larimer

  • Malcolm: Joseph Gaines

Read our artists' bios on our website.

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  • $10USD
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    A personal thank-you via email, and the satisfaction of helping a new company get off the ground in a tax-deductible way. (fully tax-deductible)

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  • $25USD

    A personal handwritten note from our artistic director, signed and everything! Think of the collector value! (fully tax-deductible)

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  • $50USD

    All of the above, plus a listing on our website. You'll be famous! (fully tax-deductible)

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  • $100USD

    An MP3 of Lady Macbeth’s aria, recorded live at one of our performances and delivered directly to your inbox, plus all of the above! Delivery in November to allow time for mastering. (amount over $5 is tax-deductible)

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  • $250USD

    Two tickets (general admission) to a Macbeth performance of your choice, a limited-edition poster signed by the entire cast, a mention in our program, and all of the above! (You must make your donation by October 24th for the October 25th performance and by October 26th for the October 27th performance.) (amount over $90 is tax-deductible)

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  • $500USD

    An invitation for you and a friend to join us at our final dress rehearsal on October 23rd, along with a chance to mingle with the cast and crew following. Plus, everything above! What more could you ask for? (You must make your donation by October 22nd to attend the dress rehearsal.) (amount over $90 is tax-deductible)

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  • $1,000USD

    Same as the $500 level but for you and THREE friends. (Again, please make your donation by October 22nd.) (amount over $160 is tax-deductible)

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  • $2,500USD

    Have a private 30-minute concert by one or more of our artists in your home or place of business at a mutually agreeable time, plus all of the above! (Please make your donation by October 22nd so that you can reap all the benefits!) We will need a properly maintained and tuned piano at your desired venue and we cannot guarantee the availability of a specific artist, but all of ours are fantastic so you’ll be thrilled either way. (amount over $420 is tax-deductible)

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  • $5,000USD

    A credit as co-producer in the program, dinner with the artistic staff, our eternal thanks, and all of the above! (Please make your donation by October 22nd, so you get all the good stuff!) We will need a properly maintained and tuned piano at your desired venue and we cannot guarantee the availability of a specific artist, but all of ours are fantastic so you’ll be thrilled either way. (amount over $500 is tax-deductible)

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