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Opera Theatre of Saint Louis offers series of free events throughout June as part of 2014 festival season

St. Louis, MO, June 6, 2014, - In addition to its four mainstage productions, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis offers a variety of free events to the general public throughout the 2014 Wells Fargo Advisors Festival Season, including its A Little Lunch Music concert series on June 9, 16, and 23, and a panel discussion on women of faith at the Missouri History Museum on June 10.

A Little Lunch Music returns on June 9, June 16, and June 23 at 12:30 p.m. Audiences will have the opportunity to hear a variety of operatic and music theater repertoire from OTSL principal artists and Gerdine Young Artists, including Christine Brewer (Madame Lidoine, Dialogues of the Carmelites),Elizabeth Zharoff (Pamina, The Magic Flute), Susannah Biller (Adina, The Elixir of Love), Patrick Carfizzi (Dr. Dulcamara, The Elixir of Love), and Daveda Karanas (Mother Marie, Dialogues of the Carmelites). All concerts are free, and seats are first-come, first-served. The concert series is made possible by a generous gift from the St. Louis Public Radio / 90.7 KWMU.

Monday, June 9 12:30 p.m.
A Little Lunch Music
The Jewel Box in Forest Park

The first concert in the series takes place at the iconic Jewel Box in historic Forest Park. Elizabeth Zharoff (soprano), Corrie Stallings (mezzo-soprano), and Matthew Anchel (bass) perform, accompanied by pianist Adam Burnette. Admission is free. Special thanks to the St. Louis Parks Department for their support of this concert.

Monday, June 16 12:30 p.m.
A Little Lunch Music
First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood

The concert is also an official STL250 event, with a series of selections that reflect the musical history of our region. St. Louis’ own internationally acclaimed soprano Christine Brewer (“one of the top 20 sopranos of the 20th century,” BBC Music) joins colleagues Susannah Biller (soprano), Leah de Gruyl (mezzo-soprano), and Patrick Carfizzi (bass-baritone) in song, accompanied by pianist Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek. Admission is free. Special thanks to the Kirkwood Area Arts Council for their support of this concert.

Monday, June 23 12:30 p.m.
A Little Lunch Music
Bonhomme Presbyterian Church in Chesterfield

This final concert of the series is also sponsored by Chesterfield Arts. Daveda Karanas (mezzo-soprano), Michael Porter (tenor), and Andrew Kroes (bass-baritone) perform, accompanied by pianist Andrea Grant. Admission is free. Special thanks to Chesterfield Arts for their support of this concert.

Opera Theatre also introduces a special one-time panel “Following in the Footsteps of Women of Faith”, hosted by the Missouri History Museum at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10, andpresented in partnership with the Missouri History Museum and Arts & Faith St. Louis.

Tuesday, June 10 7:00 p.m.
Following in the Footsteps of Women of Faith
Missouri History Museum, Grand Hall

This panel discussion explores the legacy of women of faith who have taken courageous stands for their beliefs over the centuries. The panel will host distinguished speaker Sister Mary Antona Ebo, who was named a Lifetime Achiever by the St. Louis American in 2012 for her role in the civil rights movement. Additional panelists include Kelly Kaduce (Blanche, Dialogues of the Carmelites) and music historian Clifford Brooks. OTSL general director Timothy O’Leary moderates. This event is inspired by Opera Theatre’s production of Poulenc’s heartbreaking Dialogues of the Carmelites, which is based on the true story of sixteen Carmelite nuns during the French Revolution. Admission is free.

 

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 2014, Opera Theatre has presented 24 world premieres and 23 American premieres – which may be one of the highest percentages 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, Lawrence Brownlee, Jamie Barton, Corinne Winters, Anthony Dean Griffey, and Christine Goerke.  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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