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ST. LOUIS OPERA NEWS COVERAGE

The latest news on performances of Opera in St. Louis.

BWW Review: FIGARO is Brilliantly Married in St. Louis Photo BWW Review: FIGARO is Brilliantly Married in St. Louis
by Steve Callahan - May 28, 2019

Opera Theatre of St. Louis has opened its 44th festival season. This is St. Louis' prized centerpiece of opera, with a world-wide reputation. It is famous for its superb productions. The company's home is the beautiful and comfortable 763-seat Browning Theatre at Webster University. Gourmet picnic s...
BWW Review: Winter Opera brings Remarkable Voices to the Druidic World of NORMA Photo BWW Review: Winter Opera brings Remarkable Voices to the Druidic World of NORMA
by Steve Callahan - March 11, 2019

Winter Opera has opened a sumptuous production of Norma, Vincenzo Bellini's bel canto masterpiece from 1831....
BWW Review: THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS at Winter Opera Photo BWW Review: THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS at Winter Opera
by Steve Callahan - February 01, 2019

There's that initial low, stealthy tip-toeing pizzicato, like a Warner Brothers cat creeping up on a clever mouse. Then an oboe slips in, and other woodwinds, some piccolo. Then (SURPRISE!) a racing, romping foretaste of the musical fun to follow. It's the utterly delicious overture to Giochino Ross...
BWW Review: A Powerful Production of Weill's 'Lost in the Stars' Closes Union Avenue' Photo BWW Review: A Powerful Production of Weill's 'Lost in the Stars' Closes Union Avenue's Season
by Steve Callahan - August 21, 2018

Kurt Weill's 'Lost in the Stars' brings a moving tale of South Africa to the Union Avenue Stage....
BWW Review: H.M.S. Pinafore is a Bright, Merry Musical Romp! Photo BWW Review: H.M.S. Pinafore is a Bright, Merry Musical Romp!
by Steve Callahan - July 09, 2018

The Union Avenue Opera opens its 24th season with a splendid production of Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore, and it brims with glorious music, wonderful voices, and bright, delightful, timeless comedy....
BWW Review: ORFEO & EURIDICE at OTSL Dazzles Photo BWW Review: ORFEO & EURIDICE at OTSL Dazzles
by Steve Callahan - June 15, 2018

Orpheus could charm the very stones with his lyre and his singing. Just such magic can be seen on the stage of Opera Theatre St. Louis when Jennifer Johnson Cano portrays the mythical superstar in the company's current production. She gives an utterly stunning performance....
BWW Review: REGINA at Opera Theater Of St. Louis Photo BWW Review: REGINA at Opera Theater Of St. Louis
by Joanna Barouch - June 04, 2018

For certain xenophobic East Coast opera lovers, the words 'St.Louis' and 'Opera' could seem like an oxymoron. However, this would be an invalid assumption....
BWW Review: Opera Theatre St. Louis Gives Us An Utterly Flawless REGINA Photo BWW Review: Opera Theatre St. Louis Gives Us An Utterly Flawless REGINA
by Steve Callahan - May 29, 2018

Opera Theatre St. Louis has produced many wonderful productions, and a handful of simply perfect ones. Their production of 'Regina' is among the latter....
BWW Review: TRAVIATA Triumphs at Opera Theatre of St. Louis Photo BWW Review: TRAVIATA Triumphs at Opera Theatre of St. Louis
by Steve Callahan - May 22, 2018

Of all the composers in the world Giuseppe Verdi is by far the most popular. Of all the operas in the world his 'La traviata' is by far the most frequently performed. Have you missed out on this mega hit? You can fill in that cultural gap with the splendid production now offered by Opera Theatre of ...
BWW Review: The Bantam of the Opera Strikes Again! Photo BWW Review: The Bantam of the Opera Strikes Again!
by Steve Callahan - May 15, 2018

For several seasons I've searched for a term to describe Gateway Opera. In a city flush with larger companies-Opera Theater St. Louis, Union Avenue Opera, and Winter Opera-which offer truly 'grand opera', what can one call this little company which gives us such delicious bite-sized treats? They're...
Union Avenue Opera Prepares For 24th Festival Season Photo Union Avenue Opera Prepares For 24th Festival Season
by A.A. Cristi - May 07, 2018

Over 40 artists will make their Union Avenue Opera (UAO) debut this summer during its 24th Festival Season. The seven-week summer season will open Friday, July 6 with a traditional take on Gilbert & Sullivan's comedic H.M.S Pinafore and continue through August 25 with performances of Verdi's dramati...
Susan Graham Makes Title Role Debut in Regina at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Photo Susan Graham Makes Title Role Debut in Regina at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
by A.A. Cristi - April 04, 2018

This spring, Grammy Award-winning mezzo Susan Graham revisits her signature interpretation of Ravel's Sheherazade in performances with the San Francisco Symphony under Yan Pascal Tortelier (April 19-21). She then makes her title role debut in Marc Blitzstein's Regina at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis ...
BWW Review: Winter Opera of St. Louis Presents L'ELISIR D'AMORE Photo BWW Review: Winter Opera of St. Louis Presents L'ELISIR D'AMORE
by Steve Callahan - March 12, 2018

We went out into the chilly spring evening - and it became, for me, one of the most totally pleasing evenings of opera I've ever experienced. Winter Opera of St. Louis presented Donizetti's 'L'Elisir d'Amore' in a production that was as near perfection as one could ever ask....
BWW Review: Winter Opera Brings Pearls to St. Louis Photo BWW Review: Winter Opera Brings Pearls to St. Louis
by Steve Callahan - January 31, 2018

Sooner or later it had to happen. Somebody had to notice the similarities between pearl divers, who must free-dive as deep as one hundred feet, and opera singers, who must make one breath last to the very end of that bel canto cadenza. Well, in 1863 Georges Bizet and his librettists saw that link be...