2010 Season Press Release

For immediate release
February, 2010
Contact: Maggie Stearns, National Press Representative, maggiestearns@earthlink.net
Linda Schulte, Manager for Media Relations, lschulte@opera-stl.org, (314) 963-4225


Wells Fargo Advisors Spring Festival Season offers four new productions May 22 — June 27

Opera Theatre’s 2010 spring season opens on Saturday, May 22 and continues for 28 performances through Sunday, June 27 with all-new productions of Mozart’s brilliant comedy The Marriage of Figaro,Tchaikovsky’s romantic masterpiece Eugene Onegin, Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, directed and designed by famed designer Isaac Mizrahi, and the world premiere of Peter Ash and Donald Sturrock’sThe Golden Ticket, based on Roald Dahl’s beloved classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

All performances are sung in English, performed with members of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and presented in the Virginia Jackson Browning Theater in the Loretto-Hilton Center at 130 Edgar Road at Webster University.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (1786)
Nine performances: May 22, 26, 28, June 3, 12*, 16 (matinee), 20, 23*, 26 (matinee)

Conductor: Timothy Long
Stage Director: James Robinson
Set and Costume Designer: Bruno Schwengl

Choreographer: Seán Curran

This new production of Mozart’s great comedy The Marriage of Figaro is the first in OTSL’s new cycle of Mozart operas with librettos by Lorenzo da Ponte, which will continue with productions of Don Giovanniand Cosí fan tutte in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.  Christopher Feigum sings the title role (he appeared as the same character in OTSL’s The Ghosts of Versailles in 2009), with Maria Kanyova as Susanna andEdward Parks making his OTSL debut as the Count.


Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky: EUGENE ONEGIN (1881)
Seven performances: May 29, June 2, 10, 19 (matinee), 23 (matinee), 25, 27

Conductor: David Agler
Stage Director: Kevin Newbury *
Set Designer: Allen Moyer
Costume Designer: Martin Pakledinaz
Seán Curran

Tchaikovsky’s romantic score sets Pushkin’s masterpiece — the most beloved work of Russian fiction — to dazzling waltzes and mazurkas.  Baritone Christopher Magiera* makes an important OTSL debut in the title role, as does Dina Kuznetsova* as the young Tatiana.  Tenor Sean Panikkar returns as the ill-fated poet, Lenski.

This new production is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.


Stephen Sondheim: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (1973)
Six performances: June 6, 9, 11, 15 (matinee), 17, 19
Opera Theatre’s first production of a work by Stephen Sondheim features the directorial debut of famed designer Isaac Mizrahi, who will also design the sets and costumes.  OTSL music director Stephen Lord will conduct.  Renowed actresses Amy Irvingand Siân Phillips will appear as the beautiful Desiree Armfeldt and Madame Armfeldt, her mother, and acclaimed baritone Ron Raines, an alumnus of Opera Theatre’s early seasons, will return as Desiree’s former lover.

Conductor: Stephen Lord
Stage Director: Isaac Mizrahi *
Set and Costume Designer: Isaac Mizrahi *
Lighting Designer: Michael Chybowski *


The production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International and made possible with a leadership gift from Mrs. Walter F. Brissenden and with generous support from Whitaker Foundation.  Special thanks to lead corporate sponsor Centene Corporation.


Peter Ash and Donald Sturrock: THE GOLDEN TICKET (2010)  World premiere
Six performances: June 13, 16, 18, 22 (matinee), 24, 26
OTSL is happy to present the world premiere performances of The Golden Ticket, a new opera for families based on Roald Dahl’s classic novelCharlie and the Chocolate Factory, with music by American composer Peter Ash and text by British librettist Donald Sturrock, staged by OTSL Artistic Director James Robinson.  “The Golden Ticket is the ideal opera for family audiences,” says James Robinson.  “It is a strikingly beautiful, sophisticated score about the power of imagination, based on a novel which is enormously popular with adults and children alike.”

Conductor: Timothy Redmond *
Stage Director: James Robinson
Set Designer: Bruno Schwengl
Costume Designer: Martin Pakledinaz
Choreographer: Seán Curran
Commissioned by American Lyric Theater and Felicity Dahl
Co-producers: American Lyric Theater and Wexford Festival Opera


Returning OTSL favorites featured in the cast are Mary Ann McCormick, Tracy Dahl, and David Kravitz; celebrated bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch makes his OTSL debut as Willy Wonka.

The world premiere production is 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 and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Family ticket pricing and promotional events are made possible with a generous gift from Campbell-Avery Fund of the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation.  Special thanks to lead corporate sponsor MasterCard Worldwide.

Development support in the United Kingdom was provided by the Royal National Theatre Studio and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.  The opera is presented by arrangement with American Lyric Theater in partnership with Music Link International.

Opera Theatre gratefully acknowledges 2010 Season Presenting Sponsor Wells Fargo Advisors.

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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.