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Wells Fargo Advisors Makes Lead Gift to Sponsor Opera Theatre of Saint Louis's 2013 Season

The Wells Fargo Advisors 2013 Festival Season Will Open May 25 Susan and Danny Ludeman to co-chair Opera Theatre’s 2013 gala

St. Louis, MO, April 1, 2013 – Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is pleased to announce that Wells Fargo Advisors has given a leadership gift of $150,000 to sponsor the 2013 Festival Season. Now in its fourth year, the sponsorship extends the company’s role as both the presenting sponsor of the spring festival season as well as a presenting sponsor of the annual spring gala. The 2013 Gala: Springtime on the Seine will be chaired by Danny Ludeman, president and CEO of Wells Fargo Advisors, and his wife, Susan, and will take place at Wells Fargo Advisors on Saturday, May 11.

“Wells Fargo Advisors is committed to enriching the civic and cultural fabric of the St. Louis community and our support for Opera Theatre is an important part of that effort,” said Danny Ludeman.

Opera Theatre’s General Director Timothy O’Leary said, “Wells Fargo Advisors is a tremendous contributor to the entire St. Louis community, and we could not be more grateful for their ongoing support. I am particularly grateful to Danny and Susan Ludeman for their personal leadership of our gala benefit this year, which supports Opera Theatre’s award-winning education and community engagement programs. Thanks to Danny’s leadership, Wells Fargo Advisors is truly a great corporate citizen.”

Opera Theatre’s 2013 season opens on May 25 with Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious The Pirates of Penzance and continues with a powerhouse double bill of two Italian thrillers – Puccini’s Il tabarro and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Opera Theatre will also produce its 23rd world premiere, Champion, an “opera in jazz” by five-time Grammy Award-winner Terence Blanchard and Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Cristofer. The season concludes with Smetana’s buoyant rarity The Kiss. Full ticket prices begin at just $25, with special pricing available for as little as $15 for students and active members of the military. 

About Wells Fargo Advisors

With $1.1 trillion in client assets as of December 31, 2011, Wells Fargo’s brokerage businesses are comprised of 15,263 full-service financial advisors and 3,548 licensed bankers. This vast network of advisors, one of the nation’s largest, serves clients through offices in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Wells Fargo Advisors is the trade name used by two separate registered broker-dealers and non-bank affiliates of Wells Fargo & Company: Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC and Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC (members SIPC). Statistics include other broker-dealers of Wells Fargo & Company.

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, sung in English, featuring the finest American singers and accompanied by members of the St. Louis Symphony. As of 2012 Opera Theatre has presented 22 world premieres and 23 American premieres – which may be 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,” Opera Theatre of Saint Louis annually welcomes visitors from nearly every state and close to a dozen foreign countries. Although the size of the theater typically limits box office income to less than a quarter of the budget, the company has consistently produced work of the highest quality while never accumulating a deficit.

Opera Theatre also has a long tradition of discovering and promoting the careers of the finest operatic artists of the current generation. Among the artists who had important early opportunities at Opera Theatre are Christine Brewer, Susan Graham, Nathan Gunn, Patricia Racette, Thomas Hampson, Jerry Hadley, Dawn Upshaw, Sylvia McNair, Erie Mills, Dwayne Croft, Kelly Kaduce, and Lawrence Brownlee. Opera Theatre has always been known for distinguished leadership: founding general director Richard Gaddes was succeeded in 1985 by general director Charles MacKay, with famed British stage director Colin Graham as artistic director and Stephen Lord (1992 – present) as music director. Timothy O’Leary was named general director in October 2008 with acclaimed stage director James Robinson succeeding Colin Graham. 

Opera Theatre gratefully acknowledges 2013 season presenting sponsor Wells Fargo Advisors.

Opera Theatre is a sustaining member of the Arts & 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.