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Opera Theatre’s Annual Wine and Beer Tasting Celebrates Great Food and Drink at the Sally S. Levy Opera Center on Saturday, February 8

Event benefits Opera Theatre’s renowned professional training programs for emerging artists

St. Louis, MO, January 27, 2014 – Opera Theatre of Saint Louis announces its Annual Wine and Beer Tasting, which will take place Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Sally S. Levy Opera Center. This evening, co-chaired by Diane Dark, Stacy & Scott Galt, and Becky & Aaron Willard, will feature more than 40 wines and beers for tasting, as well as a silent auction featuring rare vintages and fine dining packages from St. Louis restaurants. Proceeds will benefit Opera Theatre’s renowned professional training programs, which provide special performance opportunities, master classes, and coaching sessions for the most promising singers in the country, as well as an intensive technical apprentice program for aspiring students of scenic, lighting, costume, or props design.

The evening will feature fine wines from Niche Restaurant, Robust Wine Bar & Catering, Café Napoli, Onesto Pizza & Trattoria, Big Sky Cafe, St. Louis Wine Market & Tasting Room, Cedar Lake Cellars, and Clink!, and beer will be provided by Grey Eagle Distributors. The Saint Louis Originals will present hors d’oeuvres from Vin de Set, LoRusso’s Cucina and Catering, Sqwires,  Companion, and Cravings. Guests will also enjoy samples from Kaldi’s Coffee and treats from Kakao Chocolate.

The event runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 8. Tickets start at $75 per person and may be purchased at or by calling the Opera Theatre box office at (314) 961-0644. Patrons who contribute at the $1,000 level or above will receive 4 tickets and have access to the exclusive “reserve room” which will be open before and after the event, featuring high end wines, Belgian beer, and food by Onesto Pizza & Trattoria.

The Wine and Beer Tasting is made possible through the generosity of presenting sponsors Ameren and North Highland and additional sponsors Graybar; Grey Eagle Distributors & Anheuser-Busch/InBev; Diane Dark; First Bank; Stacy and Scott Galt; Gina and Lee Hoagland/Collaborative Strategies, Inc.; Kathryn and George Love; Major Brands; Mary Ann and Andrew Srenco; and UMB Bank. Additional support is provided by Advertisers Printing Company, Inc.; Schumacher Creative; and by media sponsors St. Louis Magazine and Sauce Magazine

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. With the 2014 Season, Opera Theatre will have presented 24 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. For more information, visit

 Opera Theatre gratefully acknowledges season presenting sponsor Wells Fargo Advisors.

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.