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  • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Welcomes the Addition of Three New Staff Members in Public Relations, Production, and Development

    Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, which recently concluded its 39th season announce the hire of three staff members this summer, as the company begins to prepare for its 40th anniversary season.

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  • Opera Theatre’s 39th Season Breaks Records, Growing New Audiences, International Recognition, and Community Access

    Increases in “Young Friends” audiences, subscription sales, and international attendance mark significant growth for St. Louis company.


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  • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Announces Repertory for 40th Anniversary Spring Season in 2015

    The season opens with The Barber of Seville, conducted by St. Louisan Ryan McAdams, and includes the American premiere of Handel’s Richard the Lionheart and new productions of the tragic saga Emmeline by Tobias Picker and Puccini’s classic La rondine.

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  • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis offers series of free events throughout June as part of 2014 festival season

    In addition to its four mainstage productions, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis offers a variety of free events to the general public throughout the 2014 Wells Fargo Advisors Festival Season, including its A Little Lunch Music concert series on June 9, 16, and 23, and a panel discussion on women of faith at the Missouri History Museum on June 10. 


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  • Opera Theatre to Celebrate the Launch of the Wells Fargo Advisors 2014 Festival Season with the “27” Gala, May 17 at Union Station

    Saturday, May 17,Opera Theatre will launch its 39th festival season with the “27” Gala, at Union Station. The gala will celebrate the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek’s “27,” commissioned by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as its 24th world premiere and the second installment of the New Works, Bold Voices cycle of new American operas. The opera is inspired by Gertrude Stein and legendary artists and writers Matisse, Cézanne, Picasso, Hemingway, and Man Ray who gathered in her private salon at 27 rue de Fleurus in Paris.


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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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  • 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 Responds to High Ticket Demand for 2012 Season, with Extra Carmen Performance Added June 19 at 8 p.m.

    Opera Theatre Responds to High Ticket Demand for 2012 Season, with Extra Carmen Performance Added June 19 at 8 p.m.

    Growth in subscription base and strong single ticket presale prompt added performance, bucking national sales trends

    ST. LOUIS – Less than two weeks before the start of the Wells Fargo Advisors 2012 Festival Season, Opera Theatre announces the addition of a new Carmen performance, to be offered Tuesday, June 19 at 8 p.m. The performance will help Opera Theatre meet strong demand for center orchestra seating during the run of Carmen. Currently, less than 4% of center orchestra seating and barely 1% of tickets in the $25 seating section remain available in the previously scheduled 9 performances of the opera. This is the first time in 8 years that Opera Theatre has added a performance to its festival calendar after tickets have gone on sale.

    “I’m thrilled that popular demand for Carmen has necessitated this additional performance,” says Opera Theatre General Director Timothy O’Leary. “Not only is Carmen the most popular opera in the history of the world, but this production in St. Louis is special because of its phenomenal cast, especially our home-grown international opera star Kendall Gladen in the title role.  Watching her and the rest of the cast in rehearsals, I am certain that once the opera opens, tickets will become scarcer still.”

    The added performance of Carmen is one reflection of the high demand for Opera Theatre tickets in 2012. Other early sales highlights of the 2012 Season include:

    • Season Subscriptions at this early date are up 2% over 2011’s end-of-season final numbers, both by total number of households and by total revenue. This reverses a multi-year trend of declining subscription volume for Opera Theatre, which has been consistent with a national decade-long trend subscription decline in the performing arts. The company will welcome its largest number of new or lapsed subscribers since the economic downturn in 2008, up 8% from 2011, while renewing 86% of its 2011 subscription base.
    • Young Friends Events are already 33% ahead in sales of 2011’s end-of-season final numbers. Young Friends Nights for Carmen and Sweeney Todd are already sold out. Tickets remain available for the Così fan tutte Young Friends Night on June 9, as well as a newly added Young Friends reception at Spotlight on Opera on May 14.
    • Illuminating Opera, a four-week April lecture series, exceeded total attendance by 31% and subscription volume by 47% over 2011. Normally only offered one morning per week, Illuminating Opera added an additional weekly Saturday series to meet demand.
    • Spotlight on Opera, a four-week panel discussion series which began on Monday, April 30, continues its growth in subscriptions – up 9% over 2011 and up 14% since 2010. Two more Spotlight events continue on May 14 and May 21.
    • Opera Theatre’s Spring Gala, held on Saturday, May 5, raised a record $727,000 for the company’s annual fund and attracted nearly 450 guests. The event was chaired by Noémi Neidorff, with honorary chair Donna Wilkinson and co-chair Kara O’Leary.

    Carmen opens the Wells Fargo Advisors 2012 Festival Season on Saturday, May 19th. Before the 8pm performance that evening, Opera Theatre offers a complimentary wine tasting to all opening night guests from 6:30 – 7:30pm under the tent in the Opera Theatre gardens. Carmen performances continue on May 23 at 8 p.m., May 25 at 8 p.m., May 31 at 8 p.m., June 8 at 8 p.m., June 10 at 7 p.m., June 13 at 1 p.m., June 16 at 8 p.m., June 19 at 8 p.m., and June 23 at 1 p.m. The season also includes Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd (opening Saturday, May 26 at 8 p.m.), Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte (opening Sunday, June 3 at 7 p.m.), and the much-anticipated American premiere of Unsuk Chin and David Henry Hwang’s Alice in Wonderland (opening Wednesday, June 13 at 8 p.m.) Tickets for all performances are available at or (314) 961-0644.

    About Opera Theatre

    Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is one of the leading American festival opera companies, known for a spring season 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 is perhaps 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,” and by Opera Today as “the leading summer opera destination in the United States,” Opera Theatre of Saint Louis welcomed visitors from 45 states and 12 foreign countries in 2011.  Although the size of the theater limits box office income to 26% of the budget, the company has consistently produced work of the highest quality while never accumulating a deficit.           

    Opera Theatre gratefully acknowledges 2012 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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  • 2011 Holiday Concert

    The annual Holiday Concert, FREE for all Opera Theatre Friends of the Festival, will take place on Monday, December 6 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. 

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