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Wells Fargo Advisors Makes Lead Gift to Sponsor Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’s 2014 Season

The Wells Fargo Advisors 2014 Festival Season Opens May 24

St. Louis, MO, May 23, 2014 – Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is pleased to announce that Wells Fargo Advisors has renewed its leadership gift of $150,000 to sponsor the 2014 Festival Season. This is the fifth year in which Wells Fargo Advisors is the presenting sponsor of the spring festival season, as well as the annual spring gala. The “27” Gala took place at the historic Union Station Hotel on Saturday, May 17, and generated over $592,000 in contributions for Opera Theatre. OTSL’s 2014 season opens tomorrow, running May 24 – June 29, 2014.

Wells Fargo Advisors has a deep commitment to enrich the cultural fabric of the community through our support of the arts,” said Mary Atkin, St. Louis Market Manager. “Opera Theatre is a vital part of the arts culture, and we are proud to be a presenting sponsor for another fabulous season.”

Opera Theatre’s general director Timothy O’Leary said, “We are thrilled and grateful to Wells Fargo Advisors for the critical role they play in supporting the arts, not only at Opera Theatre, but also throughout the entire St. Louis region. It is in large part thanks to Wells Fargo Advisors that Opera Theatre can continue to bring innovative and ground-breaking works to our audiences, such as this season’s world premiere of ’27,’ along with beloved classics like The Magic Flute.”

Opera Theatre’s 2014 season opens on Saturday, May 24 with Mozart’s enchanting fairy tale The Magic Flute and continues with a sparkling production of Donizetti’s light-hearted comedy The Elixir of Love. Opera Theatre will also offer audiences its 24th world premiere, “27,” an opera based on the lives of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas at 27 rue de Fleurus in Paris. Composed by Ricky Ian Gordon with libretto by Royce Vavrek, this opera is the second in Opera Theatre’s New Works, Bold Voices series. The season concludes with a production of Poulenc’s achingly beautiful Dialogues of the Carmelites. Ticket prices begin at $25, with special pricing available for as little as $15 for students and active members of the military. For more information, visit ExperienceOpera.org or call the Box Office at (314) 961-0644.

 About Wells Fargo Advisors

With $1.4 trillion in client assets as of December 31, 2013, Wells Fargo’s brokerage businesses are comprised of 15,280 full-service financial advisors and 3,328 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. www.wellsfargoadvisors.com

 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 2013 Opera Theatre has presented 23 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 ExperienceOpera.org.

 Opera Theatre gratefully acknowledges 2014 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.



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