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Joshua Blue (Rinuccio) waves the will he has just found above the hands of his relatives in Gianni Schicchi (2021).

Phyllis' Seats

Offering 50 Free Seats at Every Performance

In 2021, OTSL launched a ground-breaking initiative to offer free seats at every performance. These free seats are available to any member of the community on a first come, first served basis — a first for our company and in the national opera scene.

Named “Phyllis’ Seats” in honor of the late Phyllis Brissenden, one of Opera Theatre’s dearest friends and most generous supporters, this program will provide at least 50 free tickets per performance. Phyllis’ Seats may be reserved online or by phone in weekly lotteries at 10:30 a.m. every Monday during our Festival Season.

As we work to advance equity and inclusion within our region and our art form, we are excited to expand the reach and accessibility of opera. One of Phyllis Brissenden’s great joys was introducing new audiences to Opera Theatre, and this program will ensure her legacy continues. We are happy to join the wonderful tradition of free arts programming available in St. Louis!

Weekly lotteries for the 2022 Festival Season begin on Monday, May 16, 2022. Check back in early May for instructions on how to enter!