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 sixty-one productions (everything from opera in Poughkeepsie to Mrozek in Woodstock to musical melodrama in Germany) and I've acted in ninety 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 for BWW since 2001.


BWW Review: LA FILLE DU REGIMENT at Winter Opera St. LouisBWW Review: LA FILLE DU REGIMENT at Winter Opera St. Louis
Posted: Jan. 28, 2020


BWW Review: MADAM at .ZACKBWW Review: MADAM at .ZACK
Posted: Jan. 13, 2020

BWW Review: A Glorious RIGOLETTO Opens at Opera Theatre St. LouisBWW Review: A Glorious RIGOLETTO Opens at Opera Theatre St. Louis
Posted: Jun. 4, 2019

BWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Charms at Winter OperaBWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Charms at Winter Opera
Posted: Nov. 10, 2019

BWW Review: LA FILLE DU REGIMENT at Winter Opera St. LouisBWW Review: LA FILLE DU REGIMENT at Winter Opera St. Louis
Posted: Jan. 28, 2020

BWW 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 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 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!
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 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!
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 Opera
August 3, 2015

Plays through 8/8/15

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. 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 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. 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 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 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'.

BWW Reviews: Winter Opera St. Louis Opens a Brilliant 'Le Nozze di Figaro'
November 12, 2014

Winter Opera kicks off its eighth season with a simply heavenly production of 'Le Nozze di Figaro'. It's the perfect thing for one's first introduction to opera, or for turning a tentative love of opera into a deep and true commitment.

BWW Reviews: SIEGFRIED Triumphs at Union Avenue
August 27, 2014

The Union Avenue Opera continues its bold venture into Wagner's Ring Cycle with the opening of a fine production of Siegfried, the third in that titanic tetralogical juggernaut that has rolled through opera history since 1874.

BWW Reviews: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Shines at Union Avenue Opera
August 5, 2014

Andre Previn's operatic adaptation of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' opens at the Union Avenue Opera.

BWW Reviews: OTSL's DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES Grandly Rewards Your Patience
June 20, 2014

The Opera Theatre of St. Louis has opened the fourth production in its June festival season--'The Dialogues of the Carmelites', by Francis Poulenc. The cast features some St. Louis favorites: Kelly Kaduce, who gave us that jaw-dropping Salome five years ago, now plays a much timider leading lady-Sr. Blanche of the Agony of Jesus. And the wonderful Christine Brewer sings the role of the New Prioress.

BWW Reviews: OTSL's '27' Opens to Ovations
June 18, 2014

Opera Theatre of St. Louis has just opened a new commissioned work entitled simply '27'. With music by Ricky Ian Gordon and libretto by Royce Vavrek, it brings us into the world of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas.

BWW Reviews: OTSL's ELIXIR OF LOVE is intoxicating!
June 3, 2014

Well, it worked on me! 'The Elixir of Love' opened last night at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and after only a sip or two I fell head over heels for it. At the end of the evening I was, like Nemorino, giddy (oh, let's admit it, the better word is 'drunk') with happiness and delight. It was simply perfection!

BWW Reviews: OTSL's MAGIC FLUTE Delights St. Louis
May 27, 2014

Opera Theatre of St. Louis has opened its thirty-ninth season with a bang. Their production of The Magic Flute is unlike any other you've seen (or ever will see).