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  • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Announces Final Casting and Production Artists for 2014 Festival Season

    St. Louis, MO, February 18, 2014 – Stephanie Blythe, Christine Brewer, Jane Glover and Isaac Mizrahi are among the major artists who will appear during Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’s 2014 spring season, which opens at the Loretto-Hilton Center on May 24, 2014 with Mozart’s The Magic Flute and continues through June 29 with three additional new productions.  The season is also highlighted by the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27,” the company’s first-ever production of Poulenc’s The Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Donizetti’s delightful The Elixir of Love.

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  • Terence Blanchard and Michael Cristofer’s CHAMPION, which received its world premiere at Opera Theatre in June 2013, is one of five finalists for “World Premiere” of the year in the 2014 International Opera Awards

    St. Louis, MO, February 14, 2014 – Opera Theatre’s 2013 world premiere Champion, which was co-commissioned with Jazz St. Louis, continues to garner international recognition with the February 13 announcement from the 2014 International Opera Awards that the opera, by composer Terence Blanchard and librettist Michael Cristofer, has been named one of five finalists in the category of “world premiere.”  The award will be given on April 7 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.  Champion is the only finalist in the category written by both an American composer and an American librettist.



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  • Opera Theatre’s Annual Wine and Beer Tasting Celebrates Great Food and Drink at the Sally S. Levy Opera Center on Saturday, February 8

    St. Louis, MO, January 27, 2014 – Opera Theatre of Saint Louis announces its Annual Wine and Beer Tasting, which will take place Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Sally S. Levy Opera Center. This evening, co-chaired by Diane Dark, Stacy & Scott Galt, and Becky & Aaron Willard, will feature more than 40 wines and beers for tasting, as well as a silent auction featuring rare vintages and fine dining packages from St. Louis restaurants. Proceeds will benefit Opera Theatre’s renowned professional training programs, which provide special performance opportunities, master classes, and coaching sessions for the most promising singers in the country, as well as an intensive technical apprentice program for aspiring students of scenic, lighting, costume, or props design.

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  • Strong Community Support, Growth of New Audiences, and Commitment to Developing New Works Lead to Successful Close to Opera Theatre’s FY2013

    Strong Community Support, Growth of New Audiences, and Commitment to Developing New Works Lead to Successful Close to Opera Theatre’s FY2013

    OTSL ends its 38th fiscal year with 14% growth in net assets

    St. Louis, MO, December 9, 2013 – Maintaining a 38-year track record of fiscal strength, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis has reported unaudited results for the year ending September 30, 2013, including total operating income and expenses of $9.4 million. Total net assets grew by nearly $4.6 million, from $32.5 million to $37.1 million. This increase is attributable primarily to generous contributions to, and careful stewardship of, the company’s endowment fund. Opera Theatre has never accumulated a deficit in its 38-year history, and is now working to secure needed support to ensure the success of its ambitious 2014 season.

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  • Opera Theatre Announces 2013-2014 Monsanto Artists-in-Training Students

    Opera Theatre Announces 2013-2014 Monsanto Artists-in-Training Students

     24 students from the St. Louis Metropolitan area were chosen for the program

     Monsanto continues its 24 year tradition of serving as title sponsor for program, also supporting an opera for young people in 2013

     St. Louis, MO, October 8, 2013 – Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 Monsanto Artists-in-Training class, the largest class in the history of the program. Chosen through a highly competitive audition process (with a 30% increase in auditions this year), these students will engage in weekly college-level vocal coaching from faculty at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Washington University, Webster University, and University of Missouri–St. Louis. The program culminates on Sunday, April 27 @ 3 p.m. in a recital and scholarship competition which will lead to awards of $11,000 in scholarship money.


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  • Opera Theatre brings the magic of opera to children ages 5 – 14 with The Very Last Green Thing at the Touhill Performing Arts Center

    Opera Theatre brings the magic of opera to children ages 5 – 14 
    with The Very Last Green Thing at the Touhill Performing Arts Center

    Free Public Dress Rehearsal Oct. 19

    School Day Matinees Oct. 21 – 25
    Two Public Performances Oct. 26

    St. Louis, MO, September 5, 2013 – Opera Theatre of Saint Louis continues its long-term commitment to inspiring the next generation of opera-goers with the production of The Very Last Green Thing, a young people’s opera by Cary John Franklin and Michael Patrick Albano. Originally commissioned by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 1992, The Very Last Green Thing is an environmental fable set 400 years in the future.  The production will be conducted by Vince Lee and is directed by Doug Scholz-Carlson. The cast features 18 talented young singers (ages 9-16) from across the bi-state area, as well as former OTSL Gerdine Young Artist Daniel Brevik.


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  • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Announces Repertory for 2014 Festival Season


      The season opens with The Magic Flute, directed and designed by Isaac Mizrahi, and features the return of Christine Brewer, the Opera Theatre debut of Stephanie Blythe, and the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek’s Twenty-Seven.

    St. Louis, MO, May 20, 2013 – Timothy O’Leary, General Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, announced the repertory for the company’s 2014 Festival Season today. The season opens with a new production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and continues with Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, and the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek’s Twenty-Seven, featuring internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe creating the role of legendary author, poet, and patron of the arts Gertrude Stein.

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  • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis receives highest grant award of any U.S. opera company in the National Endowment for the Arts’ current grant cycle

    Opera Theatre of Saint Louis receives highest grant award of any U.S. opera company in the National Endowment for the Arts’ current grant cycle 

     $100,000 award supports 2014 world premiere of “Twenty-Seven,” one of 817 NEA Art Works grants, totaling $26.3 million in funding nationwide

     St. Louis, MO, April 23, 2013 – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is one of 817 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Opera Theatre is recommended for a $100,000 grant to support the world premiere of Twenty-Seven, composed by Ricky Ian Gordon and featuring Stephanie Blythe. Opera Theatre is the only opera company nationally to receive an award of this size for an Art Works project. The gift doubles the NEA’s previous year’s commitment to Opera Theatre, and matches the NEA’s earlier giving level to the Metropolitan Opera and the San Francisco Opera from previous grant cycles.


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  • St. Louis students to compete for $12,000 in scholarships in Annual Spring Recital

    St. Louis students to compete for $12,000 in scholarships in Annual Spring Recital

    Opera Theatre’s Monsanto Artists-in-Training Program will hold annual recital on
    Sunday, April 21 at the Sheldon Concert Hall

    The 23 talented high school singers in the Monsanto Artists-in-Training program will perform in their final recital of the year, competing for $12,000 in scholarships. Erie Mills, renowned Metropolitan Opera soprano and OTSL English Diction Specialist, will adjudicate the competition. Ruth Ezell, of the Nine Network, will serve as host.


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  • Wells Fargo Advisors Makes Lead Gift to Sponsor Opera Theatre of Saint Louis's 2013 Season

    The Wells Fargo Advisors 2013 Festival Season Will Open May 25 Susan and Danny Ludeman to co-chair Opera Theatre’s 2013 gala

    St. Louis, MO, April 1, 2013 – Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is pleased to announce that Wells Fargo Advisors has given a leadership gift of $150,000 to sponsor the 2013 Festival Season. Now in its fourth year, the sponsorship extends the company’s role as both the presenting sponsor of the spring festival season as well as a presenting sponsor of the annual spring gala. The 2013 Gala: Springtime on the Seine will be chaired by Danny Ludeman, president and CEO of Wells Fargo Advisors, and his wife, Susan, and will take place at Wells Fargo Advisors on Saturday, May 11.

    “Wells Fargo Advisors is committed to enriching the civic and cultural fabric of the St. Louis community and our support for Opera Theatre is an important part of that effort,” said Danny Ludeman.

    Opera Theatre’s General Director Timothy O’Leary said, “Wells Fargo Advisors is a tremendous contributor to the entire St. Louis community, and we could not be more grateful for their ongoing support. I am particularly grateful to Danny and Susan Ludeman for their personal leadership of our gala benefit this year, which supports Opera Theatre’s award-winning education and community engagement programs. Thanks to Danny’s leadership, Wells Fargo Advisors is truly a great corporate citizen.”

    Opera Theatre’s 2013 season opens on May 25 with Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious The Pirates of Penzance and continues with a powerhouse double bill of two Italian thrillers – Puccini’s Il tabarro and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Opera Theatre will also produce its 23rd world premiere, Champion, an “opera in jazz” by five-time Grammy Award-winner Terence Blanchard and Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Cristofer. The season concludes with Smetana’s buoyant rarity The Kiss. Full ticket prices begin at just $25, with special pricing available for as little as $15 for students and active members of the military. 

    About Wells Fargo Advisors

    With $1.1 trillion in client assets as of December 31, 2011, Wells Fargo’s brokerage businesses are comprised of 15,263 full-service financial advisors and 3,548 licensed bankers. This vast network of advisors, one of the nation’s largest, serves clients through offices in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Wells Fargo Advisors is the trade name used by two separate registered broker-dealers and non-bank affiliates of Wells Fargo & Company: Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC and Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC (members SIPC). Statistics include other broker-dealers of Wells Fargo & Company.

    About Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

    Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is one of the leading American opera companies, known for a spring festival of inventive new productions, sung in English, featuring the finest American singers and accompanied by members of the St. Louis Symphony. As of 2012 Opera Theatre has presented 22 world premieres and 23 American premieres – which may be the highest percentage of new work in the repertory of any U.S. company. Described by The Sunday Times of London as “one of the few American companies worth the transatlantic fare,” Opera Theatre of Saint Louis annually welcomes visitors from nearly every state and close to a dozen foreign countries. Although the size of the theater typically limits box office income to less than a quarter of the budget, the company has consistently produced work of the highest quality while never accumulating a deficit.

    Opera Theatre also has a long tradition of discovering and promoting the careers of the finest operatic artists of the current generation. Among the artists who had important early opportunities at Opera Theatre are Christine Brewer, Susan Graham, Nathan Gunn, Patricia Racette, Thomas Hampson, Jerry Hadley, Dawn Upshaw, Sylvia McNair, Erie Mills, Dwayne Croft, Kelly Kaduce, and Lawrence Brownlee. Opera Theatre has always been known for distinguished leadership: founding general director Richard Gaddes was succeeded in 1985 by general director Charles MacKay, with famed British stage director Colin Graham as artistic director and Stephen Lord (1992 – present) as music director. Timothy O’Leary was named general director in October 2008 with acclaimed stage director James Robinson succeeding Colin Graham. 

    Opera Theatre gratefully acknowledges 2013 season presenting sponsor Wells Fargo Advisors.

    Opera Theatre is a sustaining member of the Arts & Education Council of Greater Saint Louis, and receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Regional Arts Commission, and the Missouri Arts Council.

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