Steve Callahan

Steve Callahan A native Kansan I have a BA (Math and Theatre) and MA (Theatre). I was working on a PhD in Theatre when IBM sniffed my math background and lured me away with money enough to feed my (then two) children. Nevertheless I've been active in theatre all my life--having directed fifty-three productions (everything from opera in Poughkeepsie to Mrozek in Woodstock to musical melodrama in Germany) and I've acted in seventy others. Now that I'm retired I don't have that eight-to-five distraction and can focus a bit more. I've regularly reviewed theatre in St. Louis for KDHX since 1991 and am tickled now to also join BWW.


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OTSL reads Steinbeck's righteous sentence with a commanding voice.OTSL reads Steinbeck's righteous sentence with a commanding voice.
Posted: May. 31, 2017


BWW Review: TITUS at OTSL - Grand Opera With No Deaths, No Vengeance?BWW Review: TITUS at OTSL - Grand Opera With No Deaths, No Vengeance?
Posted: Jun. 13, 2017


BWW Review: Two Icons Meet in OTSL's THE TRIALBWW Review: Two Icons Meet in OTSL's THE TRIAL
Posted: Jun. 15, 2017


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BWW Review: CARMEN: A Triumphant Crown to a Decade of Impressive OperaBWW Review: CARMEN: A Triumphant Crown to a Decade of Impressive Opera
Posted: Mar. 8, 2017


OTSL reads Steinbeck's righteous sentence with a commanding voice.OTSL reads Steinbeck's righteous sentence with a commanding voice.
Posted: May. 31, 2017


BWW Review: LA CENERENTOLA at Winter Opera St. Louis--
Magic Music, Not Magic Pumpkins!BWW Review: LA CENERENTOLA at Winter Opera St. Louis-- Magic Music, Not Magic Pumpkins!
Posted: Jan. 30, 2017


BWW Review: TITUS at OTSL - Grand Opera With No Deaths, No Vengeance?BWW Review: TITUS at OTSL - Grand Opera With No Deaths, No Vengeance?
June 13, 2017

The Opera Theater of St. Louis has opened the fourth and last production of it's forty-second festival season. It's Mozart's final opera, La clemenza di Tito, or (as it's billed for this English-language performance) simply Titus. Everything about this production - from its glorious voices and orchestral display to the set, costumes, lights and sound - is as near perfect as could be imagined.

BWW Review: Two Icons Meet in OTSL's THE TRIALBWW Review: Two Icons Meet in OTSL's THE TRIAL
June 15, 2017

The American premiere of The Trial has opened at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. This is a very major event in opera. Franz Kafka's nightmare tale of Joseph K, trapped in an enigmatic trial for his life, has fascinated readers since it appeared in 1925. Composer Philip Glass read the novel as a youth and even then he yearned to write an opera based on it. But Glass kept that idea 'in his pocket' for sixty years. It was not until he received a commission from the Music Theatre Wales, the Royal Opera, Theatre Magdeburg and the Scottish Opera that Glass was able to fulfill that dream. The London premiere of The Trial opened in 2014.

OTSL reads Steinbeck's righteous sentence with a commanding voice.OTSL reads Steinbeck's righteous sentence with a commanding voice.
May 31, 2017

What a show! Opera Theatre of St. Louis has opened The Grapes of Wrath, a work by Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie. I have never in my life been more emotionally moved by an opera than by this glorious production.

BWW Review:  A Beautiful 'BUTTERFLY' Alights in St. LouisBWW Review: A Beautiful 'BUTTERFLY' Alights in St. Louis
May 24, 2017

(Thus review first appeared on KDHX, St. Louis.) The wonderful Opera Theater of St. Louis has opened its forty-second season with a deeply satisfying production of Giacomo Puccini's 'Madam Butterfly'. Opera Theatre has grown to be among the world's first rank of opera producers. Audiences and reviewers come from all across America and from five continents around the globe. This production of Butterfly is right up there with their best.

BWW Review: CARMEN: A Triumphant Crown to a Decade of Impressive OperaBWW Review: CARMEN: A Triumphant Crown to a Decade of Impressive Opera
March 8, 2017

This production completes the company's tenth season and it's a crowning glory.

BWW Review: LA CENERENTOLA at Winter Opera St. Louis--
Magic Music, Not Magic Pumpkins!BWW Review: LA CENERENTOLA at Winter Opera St. Louis-- Magic Music, Not Magic Pumpkins!
January 30, 2017

Rossini's 'La Cenerentola': Winter Opera's fine production of this beloved Cinderella work makes a beautiful anniversary gift.

BWW Review: A VERY MERRY WIDOW at Winter OperaBWW Review: A VERY MERRY WIDOW at Winter Opera
November 1, 2016

Winter Opera waltzes St. Louis into fin de siecle Paris with 'The Merry Widow'

BWW Review: It's Fine and Memorable, No DOUBT About ItBWW Review: It's Fine and Memorable, No DOUBT About It
August 23, 2016

Christine Brewer stars in 'DOUBT' at Union Avenue Opera.

BWW Review: Passions Blaze in Union Avenue's TOSCABWW Review: Passions Blaze in Union Avenue's TOSCA
August 2, 2016

The Union Avenue Opera just keeps presenting wonders! Their current production, Puccini's 'Tosca', is among the very best of their best-musically, vocally and in production values.

BWW Review: Union Avenue Opera turns THE MIKADO 'Topsey Turvey'BWW Review: Union Avenue Opera turns THE MIKADO 'Topsey Turvey'
July 13, 2016

A simply splendid production of 'The Mikado' has opened at the Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis.

BWW Review: Opera Theatre of St. Louis Offers a Powerful World Premiere of SHALIMAR THE CLOWNBWW Review: Opera Theatre of St. Louis Offers a Powerful World Premiere of SHALIMAR THE CLOWN
June 14, 2016

Salman Rushdie's tale of love and vengeance becomes a powerful opera in this commissioned work at Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

BWW Review: ARIADNE ON NAXOS Balances Wondrously Between Classic Beauty and ParodyBWW Review: ARIADNE ON NAXOS Balances Wondrously Between Classic Beauty and Parody
June 18, 2016

'ARIADNE ON NAXOS' balances wondrously between classic beauty and parody.

BWW Review: MACBETH - The Dark Tale Shines Bright at OTSL!BWW Review: MACBETH - The Dark Tale Shines Bright at OTSL!
May 31, 2016

Opera Theatre of St. Louis continues its forty-first season with another remarkably fine production-Verdi's Macbeth.

BWW Reviews:  Opera Theatre of St. Louis delights with 'La boheme'BWW Reviews: Opera Theatre of St. Louis delights with 'La boheme'
May 23, 2016

OTSL has opened a delicious 'La boheme'.

BWW Review: Gateway Opera Serves Delicious Small Bites to St. LouisBWW Review: Gateway Opera Serves Delicious Small Bites to St. Louis
April 12, 2016

Gateway Opera is like a five-star tapas restaurant; it continues to delight its patrons with superbly delicious bite-sized offerings of that succulent dish-opera.

BWW Review: St. Louis Enjoys More Treats from Gateway OperaBWW Review: St. Louis Enjoys More Treats from Gateway Opera
March 24, 2016

Once again the exciting young Gateway Opera company shows us that you don't need a massive budget to create wonderful opera.

BWW Review: Winter Opera's IL TROVATORE Goes In High MelodramaBWW Review: Winter Opera's IL TROVATORE Goes In High Melodrama
March 4, 2016

High passion and sheer unrestrained melodrama overflow in Verdi's 'Il Trovatore,' the current offering by Winter Opera St. Louis. And the voices are glorious! Once again Winter Opera has assembled a sterling group of singers. Caruso once said that all it takes for a successful performance of 'Trovatore' is the four greatest singers in the world. I'm not sure if the judges' ballots are all in yet, but the singers of the four principal roles in this production would seem to be right up there among the finalists.

BWW Review: COSI FAN TUTTE Shines at Winter Opera!BWW Review: COSI FAN TUTTE Shines at Winter Opera!
January 28, 2016

Gina Galati and her Winter Opera continue to bless St. Louis with exemplary productions! They've just opened 'Cosi fan tutte,' and it's a superb presentation of this popular Mozart work.

BWW Review: YEOMEN Shines at Winter OperaBWW Review: YEOMEN Shines at Winter Opera
November 5, 2015

St. Louis' Winter Opera gives a delightful 'Yeomen of the Guard.'

BWW Review: Union Avenue Opera's GOTTERDAMMERUNG Brings Home the Gold!BWW Review: Union Avenue Opera's GOTTERDAMMERUNG Brings Home the Gold!
August 25, 2015

They've done it! Little Union Avenue Opera and its leader Scott Schoonover bring home the gold! They have triumphed over that colossus of all operatic colossi-Wagner's Ring Cycle! They entered the battle wielding the magic sword of talent and determination and, just like Siegfried, they have conquered this giant, this dragon of an opus and forced it to yield a pure golden 'Ring'! Their current production of 'Gotterdammerung', the final work in Wagner's vast tetralogy, is a showcase for some magnificent voices. Wagner would be pleased.



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