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  • Registration Open for Summer Camps at Opera Theatre

    Four weeks of programs for students grades 4-12 begin May 29

     St. Louis, MO, March 28, 2012 – Opera Theatre of Saint Louis has opened registration for its annual week-long summer camps – Opera Camp for students grades 4 – 8 and Spring Training, a vocal camp for high school singers. Both programs take place during the Wells Fargo Advisors 2012 Festival Season and include tickets for students to see a live performance of one of Opera Theatre’s internationally acclaimed productions. Each week of camp includes five full days of fun and music. Registration is $160 per week.

    Opera Camp

    Grades 4-8
    June 4-8, 2012 at City Academy in St. Louis
    June 18-22, 2012 at Edgar Road Elementary School in Webster Groves
    8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    In these week-long camps offered in two St. Louis-area locations, students grades 4-8 participate in all the things that go into Opera Theatre’s productions - including singing, dancing, writing words and music, making instruments, and learning about costumes and makeup, lighting and set design. Campers will also tour backstage, work with Opera Theatre professionals and leading music educators, and see a performance of the much-anticipated American premiere of Alice in Wonderland, by renowned Korean composer Unsuk Chin and Tony-award winner David Henry Hwang.

    Opera Camp is made possible by lead corporate sponsor Edward Jones and with generous support from Fox Performing Arts Foundation.

    Spring Training Vocal Camp

    Grades 9-12
    May 29-June 1, 2012
    June 4-8, 2012
    Community Music School on the campus of Webster University
    9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

     Students in these week-long camps will receive daily private voice lessons, vocal coaching, and classes in movement, acting, dance, and Alexander Technique. They also gain practical experience at afternoon mini-recitals, and attend an opera scene rehearsal and performance with Opera Theatre singers, a live performance of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd or Bizet’s Carmen, and classes in opera set design and makeup. Students are taught by faculty, including Jolly Stewart, Retired Director of Opera Programs at Washington University and Principal Stage Director at Union Avenue Opera, as well as staff members of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Washington University, Webster University, and SIU-Edwardsville.

    Spring Training is underwritten by Monsanto Fund and is an extension of Opera Theatre’s nationally award-winning Monsanto Artists-in-Training program.

     Registration for both camps is limited and spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, contact Dan Mayo, Opera Theatre Education Assistant at (314) 963-4251 or 251@opera-stl.org.

     

    About Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

     Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is one of the leading American festival opera companies, known for a spring season of inventive new productions, sung in English, featuring the finest American singers and accompanied by members of the St. Louis Symphony.  As of 2011, 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 45 states and 12 foreign countries in 2011.  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.            

    Opera Theatre gratefully acknowledges 2012 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.

     

     

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  • Opera Theatre Announces Casting for 2012 Spring Festival Season

    OPERA THEATRE 2012 SPRING FESTIVAL SEASON OPENS SATURDAY, MAY 19

     U.S. premiere of Unsuk Chin’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND highlights May 19-June 24 season

     With the return of many St. Louis favorites and debuts by international stars, Opera Theatre’s 2012 casts are filled with fresh and exciting talent.  The season begins with rising sensation Kendall Gladen in Bizet’s Carmen and continues with 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions winner Rachel Willis-Sørensen making her company debut as Fiordiligi and famed baritone James Maddalena returning as Alfonso in Così fan tutte.  Two-time Grammy nominee Rod Gilfry and Tony Award-winner Karen Ziemba make OTSL debuts as the conniving pair at the center of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.  The 2012 season comes to a close with the return of Ashley Emerson as Alice in the American premiere of Alice in Wonderland, the captivating new opera by Unsuk Chin and David Henry Hwang.  In addition to 27 principal artists, 34 singers were chosen for the 2012 Gerdine Young Artist program, Opera Theatre’s renowned program for developing young artists. 

     THE 2012 REPERTORY
    *Debut artist

     CARMEN (1875)

    Georges Bizet, Henri Meilhac, and Ludovic Halévy

    Nine performances: May 19, 23, 25, 31, June 8, 10, 13 (m), 16,  23 (m)

    Conductor: Carlos Izcaray*
    Stage Director: Stephen Barlow*
    Costume and Set Designer: Paul Edwards*
    Lighting Designer: Christopher Akerlind

    Carmen – Kendall Gladen • Don José – Adam Diegel* •
    Escamillo – Aleksey Bogdanov • Micaëla – Corinne Winters • Zuniga – Bradley Smoak •Frasquita – Jennifer Caraluzzi* •
    Mercedes – Shirin Eskandani* • Remendado – Michael Kuhn* • Dancairo – Thomas Gunther* • Morales – Hernan Berisso*

     After over a century, Carmen remains perhaps the world’s most popular opera. This all-new production evokes a sand-swept, lusty Seville.  Carmen will be the first starring role at Opera Theatre for St. Louis’s own Kendall Gladen, whose blazing talent first emerged in Opera Theatre’s Monsanto Artists-in-Training program when she was only 16 years old.  Adam Diegel*, currently appearing as Froh in the Metropolitan Opera’s new staging of Das Rheingold, debuts as Don José.  Three former Gerdine Young Artists (GYAs) return to the stage in principal roles – Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Prize-winner Corinne Winters as Micaëla, Aleksey Bogdanov as the bullfighter Escamillo, and Bradley Smoak as Zuniga.  Stephen Barlow* and Carlos Izcaray* make St. Louis debuts as director and conductor.

     This production is underwritten in part with a leadership gift from Centene Corporation.

     

    SWEENEY TODD (1979)

    Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler

    Eight performances: May 26, 30, June 1, 7, 12 (m), 16 (m), 20, 24

    Conductor: Stephen Lord
    Stage Director: Ron Daniels*
    Set Designer: Riccardo Hernandez*
    Costume Designer: Emily Rebholz*
    Lighting Designer: Christopher Akerlind

     Sweeney Todd – Rod Gilfry* • Mrs. Lovett – Karen Ziemba* •
    Anthony Hope – Nathaniel Hackmann* • Johanna – Deanna Breiwick* •
    Tobias Ragg – Kyle Erdos-Knapp* • Judge Turpin – Timothy Nolen•
    Beggar Woman – Susanne Mentzer • Beadle – Scott Ramsay* • Pirelli – Anthony Webb*

     Hailed in theaters and opera houses around the globe, this masterpiece of contemporary American music theater will be led by the powerhouse team of OTSL Music Director Stephen Lord and director Ron Daniels*.  Rod Gilfry*, whose opera credits include numerous roles at the Metropolitan Opera, makes his OTSL debut as Sweeney Todd.  Gilfry last performed the role in Paris at the Théâtre du Châtèlet, drawing praise from The New York Times: “Gilfry sings magnificently as Todd and invests the character with an almost wholesome candor, that, through it all, keeps one mindful of the barber’s vulnerability.”  (Ron Raines, previously announced in the role, has withdrawn due to a scheduling conflict with the opening of the Broadway production of Follies in Los Angeles.)  Karen Ziemba*, who received the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Contact at Lincoln Center Theatre, debuts as his partner-in-crime, the batty Mrs. Lovett.  Acclaimed opera stars Susanne Mentzer (Beggar Woman) and Timothy Nolen (Judge Turpin) both make highly-anticipated returns to the OTSL stage. The cast also includes debuts by Nathaniel Hackmann* (Anthony Hope), Deanna Brewick* (Johanna), Kyle Erdos-Knapp* (Tobias Ragg), Scott Ramsay* (Beadle), and Anthony Webb* (Pirelli).

     

    COSÌ FAN TUTTE (1790)

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte

    Six performances: June 3, 6, 9, 14, 20 (m), 22

     Conductor: Jean-Marie Zeitouni
    Stage Director: Michael Shell
    Set and Costume Designer: James Schuette
    Lighting Designer: Christopher Akerlind

    Fiordiligi – Rachel Willis-Sørensen* • Dorabella – Kathryn Leemhuis • Ferrando – David Portillo  
    Guglielmo – Liam Bonner • Despina – Jennifer Aylmer • Alfonso – James Maddalena

     This shimmering romantic comedy features Mozart’s most unabashedly beautiful score and is the finale to OTSL’s cycle of Mozart and Da Ponte’s great operas.  Rachel Willis-Sørensen* and former Gerdine Young Artist Kathryn Leemhuis (Zerlina in 2011’s Don Giovanni) match wits with Liam Bonner (Pelléas in OTSL’s 2011 season) and David Portillo (Don Ottavio in 2011’s Don Giovanni), as Cosìs star-crossed lovers.  Jennifer Aylmer is the cunning maid Despina and James Maddalena is Alfonso.  Michael Shell directs and Canada’s Jean-Marie Zeitouni conducts.  “His dynamically nuanced… approach to the score [was] filled… with the kind of vitality that transcends centuries of cultural change,” said The Toronto Star.

     Opera Theatre’s 3-year Mozart/Da Ponte cycle is made possible with leadership support from the William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee, and The Commerce Trust Company.

     

    ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2007)

    American Premiere 

     

    Unsuk Chin and David Henry Hwang

    Six performances: June 13, 15, 17, 19 (m), 21, 23

     

    Conductor: Michael Christie
    Stage Director: James Robinson
    Set Designer: Allen Moyer
    Costume Designer: James Schuette
    Lighting Designer: Christopher Akerlind

    Alice – Ashley Emerson • Cheshire Cat – Tracy Dahl • Mad Hatter/Duck – Aubrey Allicock •
    White Rabbit– David Trudgen • Queen of Hearts – Julie Makerov* •
    Mouse/ Dormouse/Pat/Invisible Man – Matthew DiBattista •King of Hearts – Bradley Smoak •
    Caterpillar/ Mock Turtle (dancer) – Seán Curran •Caterpillar (bass clarinet) – James Meyer*

     Unsuk Chin’s dazzling musical invention finds captivating new voices for familiar friends in an unforgettable journey down the rabbit hole.  Ashley Emerson, who received glowing reviews for her 2011 performance as Marie in The Daughter of the Regiment, stars as Alice. “Armed with a bright smile… and a gift for physical comedy, Ms. Emerson was captivating,” wrote The New York Times.  The production features former Gerdine Young Artist Aubrey Allicock as the Mad Hatter, Matthew DiBattista as the Dormouse (both featured in 2011’s The Death of Klinghoffer), Tracy Dahl as the Cheshire Cat, and David Trudgen as the White Rabbit (both featured in 2010’s The Golden Ticket). Making a much anticipated debut as the Queen of Hearts is Julie Makerov*, with Bradley Smoak (2011’s Masetto in Don Giovanni) as the King of Hearts.  Choreographer Seán Curran dances the role of the Caterpillar.

     Made possible with a leadership gift from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and with generous support from The Saigh Foundation and the Fred M. Saigh Endowment at Opera Theatre.  Major production support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Whitaker Foundation, and Phoebe Dent Weil.

     Subscriptions to all four operas may currently be purchased in person at the Opera Theatre box office or by phone at (314) 961-0644 or online at ExperienceOpera.org.  Tickets in a subscription package range from $37.50 to $93.50, a savings of at least 25% off the cost of single tickets.

     

    About Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

    Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is one of the leading American festival opera companies, known for a spring season of inventive new productions, sung in English, featuring the finest American singers and accompanied by members of the St. Louis SymphonyAs of 2012, Opera Theatre will have presented 22 world premieres and 23 American premieres – which is 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,” and by Opera Today as “the leading summer opera destination in the United States,” Opera Theatre of Saint Louis welcomed visitors from 45 states and 12 foreign countries in 2011.  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.  OTSL’s general director is Timothy O’Leary; Stephen Lord is music director and James Robinson is artistic director.

     

    Opera Theatre gratefully acknowledges 2012 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.

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  • Emerson Gift Establishes Technology and Production Training Center

     St. Louis, MO — Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL) announces a lead gift of $350,000 from Emerson to establish the Emerson Technology & Production Training Center at the Sally S. Levy Opera Center.  The center will include a state-of-the-art digital media lab enabling students, interns, and leading professionals to master new technologies in video and lighting design, video projection, and scenic automation.  The center will also incorporate an adjacent rehearsal hall, allowing production artists to instantly transfer technology applications to a rehearsal setting.  

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  • Young Opera Theatre Stars Win Top International Prizes

    barbera-for-webSt. Louis, MO — Tenor René Barbera – star of Opera Theatre’s 2011 production of The Daughter of the Regiment ­­– won three first place prizes on Sunday, July 24 at the 2011 Operalia Competition in Moscow.  Operalia is an international contest founded by tenor Placido Domingo to promote the best young talent in the opera world.

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  • OTSL Season Achieves Widespread Acclaim and Unprecedented Level of New Audiences

    St. Louis, MO — Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL) closes its 2011 Wells Fargo Advisors Festival Season with exceptional national and international acclaim, as well as an unprecedented level of new audiences discovering the company’s work – continuing to enhance the profile of the company and the classical music community in St. Louis among local and global audiences.

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  • Opera Theatre Young Friends Program Sees Marked Growth During 2011 Season

    young-friends-for-webSt. Louis, MO – With two of three Young Friends Nights complete in the Wells Fargo Advisors 2011 Festival Season, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL) can already report a 16% growth in attendance and a 27% growth in revenue for its Young Friends program during the 2011 season. These numbers will climb further after the final Young Friends night of the season, which is scheduled for June 23 in conjunction with John Adams’s contemporary masterpiece The Death of Klinghoffer

     

    Led by a Steering Committee that is chaired by Mary Ann Srenco, Opera Theatre’s 2011 Young Friends events are sponsored by Macy’s.

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  • ARTISTS FROM OPERA THEATRE‚ÄôS 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. 

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  • Wells Fargo Advisors Sponsoring Opera Theatre of Saint Louis's 2011 Season, Opening May 21st

    St. Louis, MO – Opera Theatre of Saint Louis has announced that Wells Fargo Advisors will sponsor the 2011 season with a leadership gift of $150,000.  The 2011 sponsorship is the second year that Wells Fargo Advisors has provided leadership support, extending the company’s role as presenting sponsor of OTSL’s spring festival season and spring gala

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  • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Announces Casting Change for 2011 Production of Don Giovanni

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    St. Louis, MO  — Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL) has announced that baritone Daniel Okulitch will not perform as scheduled in the title role of the 2011 production of Don Giovanni.  Mr. Okulitch was injured in a car accident on April 5th and is recovering from fractured vertebrae.  Former Gerdine Young Artist and 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions winner Elliot Madore (pictured) will instead sing the role of Don Giovanni at all performances. 

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  • Opera Theatre to Lead Community-Wide Civic Dialogue for Landmark Production of The Death of Klinghoffer

    gerald-early St. Louis, MO — In collaboration with the Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations of the Jewish Community Relations Council, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL) announces, “A Work that Firest the Heart:” Exploring Darkness and Light in The Death of Klinghoffer, a panel discussion including interfaith leaders and featuring remarks by Dr. Gerald Early, Director of The Center for Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis.  The event will be held on Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. at the Ethical Society of St. Louis (9001 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63117).

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