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Trailblazers on Tour

featuring Grace Bumbry & Robert McFerrin, Sr.

February 26 - March 1, 2024
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Transport your classroom back in time with a lightly staged performance featuring two world-renowned St. Louis opera trailblazers, Grace Bumbry and Robert McFerrin, Sr. Professional singers will bring these ground breaking historical figures to life through storytelling, music, and conversation in a 45-minute in-person program designed for grades 4-12. Lesson plans keyed to state standards are provided. This program is especially well suited in smaller classroom settings. 


Grace Bumbry, the first black singer to appear at the internationally renowned Bayreuth Festival

Robert McFerrin Sr., the first black singer to perform a title role at the Metropolitan Opera


Questions? Contact our Education Department at or (314) 963-4251.


Event information

February 26 – March 1, 2024

$400 per school performance

Program Length
45 minutes

up to 60 students per performance

Recently tuned piano


Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is sponsoring this program in partnership with the

Missouri Humanities and with support from the Missouri Humanities Trust Fund.