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Corinne Winters to sing Mélisande in 2011 production of Pelléas and Mélisande

February 26, 2011

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corinne-web-shot St. Louis, MO — Opera Theatre of Saint Louis announces that soprano Corinne Winters will return as  Mélisande in the company’s new production of Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande, which runs from June 5 to June 24, 2011.  Earlier this week, the company announced that soprano Kelly Kaduce will not perform as scheduled in the title role because she and her husband, baritone Lee Gregory, are expecting their first child in early July. 

Winters returns to Opera Theatre following her debut with the Metropolitan Opera this winter under the baton of Fabio Luisi.  An alumna of Opera Theatre’s Gerdine Young Artists program, Winters appeared in the company’s critically acclaimed productions of A Little Night Music and The Ghosts of Versailles.  In addition to making her Met debut in the 2010-11 season, she was also named a recipient of the prestigious Sullivan Foundation Career Grant Award, and she was honored by both the Richard Tucker Foundation and the George London competition.  She soon returns to the Crested Butte Music Festival as MIcaela in Carmen and makes her role and company debut as Lisette in La rondine with Florida Grand Opera.  Winters is also scheduled to return as Micaela in Opera Theatre’s 2012 production of Carmen. 

“I first had the pleasure of working with Corinne Winters during The Ghosts of Versailles,” said Opera Theatre Artistic Director James Robinson.  “She was captivating — a great singer, a great personality, and an artist we are proud to call one of our own as she has been a member of the Gerdine Young Artist Program for two years.  Mélisande is a terrific opportunity for her, of course, but it’s also an opportunity for our audiences to catch a rising star.”

Corinne Winters will join Liam Bonner, Maria Zifchak, Gregory Dahl, and John Cheek for Opera Theatre’s first-ever Pelléas and Mélisande, staged by world-renowned director David Alden and led by OTSL Music Director Stephen Lord

Wells Fargo Advisors is the presenting sponsor of Opera Theatre’s 2011 season. 

Opera Theatre is a sustaining member of the Arts and Education Council of Greater Saint Louis, and receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Regional Arts Commission, and the Missouri Arts Council.