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Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Announces Casting Change for 2011 Production of Don Giovanni

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Elliot Madore to sing title role in place of injured Daniel Okulitch


St. Louis, MO  — Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL) has announced that baritone Daniel Okulitch will not perform as scheduled in the title role of the 2011 production of Don Giovanni.  Mr. Okulitch was injured in a car accident on April 5th and is recovering from fractured vertebrae.  Former Gerdine Young Artist and 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions winner Elliot Madore (pictured) will instead sing the role of Don Giovanni at all performances. 

“Everyone at Opera Theatre is grateful to know that Daniel is all right and we look forward to welcoming him back in future seasons,” says OTSL General Director Timothy O’Leary.  “We are fortunate that Elliot Madore is available to step into Daniel’s considerable shoes.  Elliot is a major star-on-the-rise and we’re proud that he got his start in our own Gerdine Young Artists program back in 2007.”

“I’m terribly disappointed to be withdrawing from this production of Don Giovanni — an opera and role I hold dear to my heart — and to miss out on working with old and new friends and seeing the wonderful St. Louis audience again,” Okulitch said.  “I’ll be with you all in spirit as I recover, and I hope to be back in future seasons.”

Daniel Okulitch debuted the role of Willy Wonka in OTSL’s 2010 world premiere production of The Golden Ticket and has performed with such companies as the Los Angeles Opera, New York City Opera, and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.

A quickly rising opera star, Elliot Madore has already performed the role of Giovanni under the baton of Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine at the Tanglewood Festival.  Madore is a winner of the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and has been called a “robust and attractive vocalist” (The New York Times) and a “warm, powerful baritone” (Boston Globe).  He is a former Gerdine Young Artist at OTSL and is currently a member of the prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera.

Mr. Madore was previously scheduled to sing the role of Mamoud in OTSL’s 2011 production of The Death of Klinghoffer.  An announcement of the new casting for Mamoud will be forthcoming.

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.

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