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ARTISTS FROM OPERA THEATRE’S 2011 SEASON LIFT THEIR VOICES TO BENEFIT SITEMAN CANCER CENTER

Concert will feature performances from internationally celebrated artists, hosted by

Grammy Award winning soprano Sylvia McNair

ARTISTS FROM OPERA THEATRE’S 2011 SEASON LIFT THEIR VOICES TO BENEFIT SITEMAN CANCER CENTER

St. Louis, MO – Artists from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’s (OTSL) 2011 season have joined with the Siteman Cancer Center to present Sing for Siteman, a benefit concert for advanced cancer research and patient care, on Monday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Whitaker Hall on the Danforth Campus of Washington University. 

 The performers, inspired by personal experiences with cancer, are donating their time and talents to raise funds for treatment, prevention, and research.  The evening will be hosted by two-time Grammy Award winning soprano and cancer survivor Sylvia McNair. 

 “It was 5 years ago this month that I was thrust into chemotherapy and surgery,” said McNair.  “My life as I knew it came to a screeching halt and I spent the next year in non-stop treatments.  The experience gave me clarity about how I want to live, it gave me compassion for people who are ill, and it has given me a calm I hope I never lose.  I want to spend a lot of time giving to others, because I have been given a second chance to live!  I can’t wait to host this event for the Siteman Cancer Center here in St. Louis.”

 The concert features performances from artists appearing in OTSL’s 2011 season including baritone Paul La Rosa, mezzo-soprano Kathryn Leemhuis, baritone Elliot Madore, baritone Brian Mulligan, baritone Sidney Outlaw, tenor David Portillo, mezzo-soprano Lucy Schaufer, and soprano Corinne Winters.  Internationally renowned classical pianist Carol Wong will accompany the artists.  Musical selections will range from Rossini to Gershwin to Joni Mitchell. 

 OTSL’s 2011 season runs through June 26th featuring new productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment, Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande, and John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer.    

 Sing for Siteman is co-chaired by Kim Eberlein and Janice Linehan.  Proceeds benefit the Director’s Discovery Fund for research and patient care at Siteman Cancer Center.  Tickets ($50 for regular open seating and $75 for preferred seating) can be purchased by calling the OTSL box office at (314) 961-0644 or by visiting http://www.opera-stl.org/SingForSiteman .

  About Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

 Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is one of the leading American opera companies, known for a spring festival of inventive new productions featuring the finest American singers, sung in English, and accompanied by members of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.  As of 2010, Opera Theatre has presented 22 world premieres and 22 American premieres – which is perhaps the highest percentage of new work in the repertory of any U.S. company.  Described by The Sunday Times of London as “one of the few American companies worth the transatlantic fare,” and by Opera Today as, “the leading summer opera destination in the United States,” Opera Theatre of Saint Louis welcomed visitors from 47 states and 10 foreign countries in 2010.  Although the size of the theater limits box office income to 26% of the budget, the company has consistently produced work of the highest quality while never accumulating a deficit.

 About Siteman Cancer Center

The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is the only National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in Missouri and within a 240-mile radius of St. Louis. Siteman is also one of only 20 national members of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the world’s leading cancer centers dedicated to improving the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of oncology practice so patients can live better lives. For more information, visit http://www.siteman.wustl.edu .

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