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If you think opera is stuffy, snooty, and pretentious, you haven’t been to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. – Fox 2 News

At Opera Theatre, we believe that opera should be funsociable, and accessible. From pre-show picnics in our beautiful gardens to post-show cocktails with the stars of the show, we are focused on making your experience as unique, memorable, and inviting as possible. We also perform our operas in English and with English supertitles, so that you can understand every word of every show. Experience opera in a whole new way at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis!

Drama: Our small size and heavy emphasis on performing in English help transform beautiful music into powerful, engaging theater.

Welcoming Environment: Before every performance, connect with old friends or make new ones over picnic baskets and wine as you dine in our beautiful gardens. Following every performance, the cast and crew join audiences for cocktails under the stars. It’s a time-honored OTSL tradition, and everyone is invited!

Adventurous Repertory: Since its founding in 1976, OTSL has presented 28 world premieres and 27 American premieres — which may be the highest percentage of new work by any US company. Operas commissioned for OTSL’s New Works, Bold Voices series — such as Terence Blanchard’s Champion and Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown — have traveled across the nation to companies including Washington National Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Opera Parallèle. In addition to these premieres, OTSL also mounts important revivals of contemporary American operas like The Grapes of Wrath, Emmeline, and The Death of Klinghoffer, securing the company’s continuing place in the musical spotlight. Most importantly, OTSL’s commitment to American music helps prove time and time again that today, opera is a living, breathing, American art form.

Outstanding Artists: OTSL has a long tradition of discovering and promoting the careers of the finest operatic artists of the next generation. Each year, more than 1,000 aspiring singers apply to join our Gerdine Young Artist Program and Gaddes Festival Artist programs — typically fewer than 40 are accepted. We also develop outstanding talent backstage through our Emerson Behind the Curtain Program. Each year the roster of the Metropolitan Opera includes over 60 artists who performed in St. Louis early in their careers. Among the singers who had important early opportunities at OTSL are Christine Brewer, Lawrence Brownlee, Jamie Barton, Matthew Polenzani, Susan Graham, Nathan Gunn, Christine Goerke, Patricia Racette, Thomas Hampson, Jerry Hadley, Dawn Upshaw, Sylvia McNair, Erie Mills, Dwayne Croft, and Kelly Kaduce.

Bringing the world to St. Louis: Each season, OTSL’s audience includes visitors from as many as 45 states and 12 foreign countries, generating over $17 million annually in indirect revenue for our region.

An International Profile: OTSL’s productions have been celebrated around the world since the company’s beginning, with press coverage in London’s Financial Times, Germany’s Opernwelt, the UK’s Opera magazine, Opera Nederland, and The Times of India, among others. OTSL was the first US company to appear at the Edinburgh Festival and toured twice to Japan with world premieres of Minoru Miki and Colin Graham’s Jōruri (1988) and The Tale of Genji (2001).

Administrative Office and
Rehearsal Space

Sally S. Levy Opera Center

210 Hazel Ave

St Louis, MO 63119
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Loretto-Hilton Center

130 Edgar Road (at Big Bend)

St Louis, MO 63119
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