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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BWW Review: Union Avenue Opera turns THE MIKADO 'Topsey Turvey'BWW Review: Union Avenue Opera turns THE MIKADO 'Topsey Turvey'
Posted: Jul. 13, 2016


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


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


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


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.
BWW Reviews: RIGOLETTO is Another Triumph at Union Avenue OperaBWW Reviews: RIGOLETTO is Another Triumph at Union Avenue Opera
August 3, 2015

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BWW Reviews: DON GIOVANNI Seduces St. Louis!BWW Reviews: DON GIOVANNI Seduces St. Louis!
July 15, 2015

From the moment that Scott Schoonover raised his baton to invoke that incredible athletic overture it was re-confirmed to me that DON GIOVANNI is indeed the zenith of 18th Century opera
BWW Reviews: EMMELINE Will Wring Your Heart at Opera Theatre of St. LouisBWW Reviews: EMMELINE Will Wring Your Heart at Opera Theatre of St. Louis
June 17, 2015

This review was first published by KDHX 88-1 St. Louis. Opera Theatre of St. Louis has opened a very fine production of 'Emmeline,' by Tobias Picker, with libretto by J. D. McClatchy. This remarkable piece premiered at the Santa Fe Opera in 1996 to great praise. It was done at the New York City Opera in '98 (with much the same cast)again to considerable praise. It was deemed one of the great modern operas. Except for two 'reduced version' productions the work lay fallow until this full-scale revival by Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
BWW Reviews: Opera Theatre of St. Louis' RICHARD THE LIONHEART Astonishes with its BeautyBWW Reviews: Opera Theatre of St. Louis' RICHARD THE LIONHEART Astonishes with its Beauty
June 11, 2015

This review was first published by KDHX, St. Louis. Opera Theatre of St. Louis has opened Handel's 'Richard the Lionheart,' and it is truly astonishing! It is, in all aspects, the most perfect production of an opera that I've ever seen. And voices? Ah, the voices are quite stunning! This is not to be missed. This is a masterpiece.
BWW Reviews: Puccini's LA RONDINE is a Winner at Opera Theatre of St. LouisBWW Reviews: Puccini's LA RONDINE is a Winner at Opera Theatre of St. Louis
June 3, 2015

A rare Puccini receives a lovely production: 'La rondine' at Opera Theatre of St. Louis
BWW Reviews: THE IMPRESARIO Delights St. Louis at Gateway OperaBWW Reviews: THE IMPRESARIO Delights St. Louis at Gateway Opera
April 29, 2015

Gateway Opera's production of Mozart's The Impresario is one of the most delightful evenings of opera that I've ever experienced.
BWW Reviews: Winter Opera St. Louis Shines with Rare MascagniBWW Reviews: Winter Opera St. Louis Shines with Rare Mascagni
January 29, 2015

Winter Opera St. Louis, after a brilliant production of 'Le Nozze di Figaro', continues its eighth season with a venture into less familiar fare - Pietro Mascagni's 'L'amico Fritz'.


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