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History 

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis was founded in the spring of 1976 by a small group of opera lovers determined to bring festival-quality opera to the St. Louis area.

With a budget of $135,000 they presented an 11-performance season of familiar and unconventional operas sung in English by outstanding artists. The company has grown enormously since then, but its dedication to high-quality productions of a varied repertory accompanied by members of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra continues to this day. Following founding general director Richard Gaddes, the company was led from 1985 through 2008 by General Director Charles MacKay, with OTSL’s famed late Artistic Director Colin Graham and Music Director Stephen Lord. Timothy O’Leary was appointed General Director when Charles MacKay was named to lead the Santa Fe Opera in October 2008, and acclaimed stage director James Robinson was appointed to succeed Colin Graham. Under the leadership of O’Leary, Lord, and Robinson, OTSL continues our commitment to the company hallmarks.

 

Administrative Office and
Rehearsal Space

Sally S. Levy Opera Center

210 Hazel Ave

St Louis, MO 63119
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Main Performance
Location

Loretto-Hilton Center

130 Edgar Road (at Big Bend)

St Louis, MO 63119
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