Opera Theatre Hosts the 23rd Annual Wine & Beer Tasting on February 9

Favorite wintertime event features more than 40 wines and beers from local restaurants and wineries with proceeds benefiting Opera Theatre’s renowned professional training programs

St. Louis, MO, January 12, 2018 – Opera Theatre of Saint Louis hosts its 2018 Wine & Beer Tasting on Friday, February 9 at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Sally S. Levy Opera Center in Webster Groves.  Held in Opera Theatre’s rehearsal halls, this favorite wintertime event allows guests to sample an array of wines, beers, and hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants and wineries.  The Wine & Beer Tasting also features a silent auction filled with exclusive events, culinary experiences, and other luxury items.  Tickets to the Wine & Beer Tasting start at $75 and must be reserved in advance. Tickets are available by contacting Cameron James, Manager of Special Events at 314-963-4223 or visiting http://ExperienceOpera.org/wineandbeer.  The 2018 Wine & Beer Tasting co-chairs are Laura and Anthony Lancia, Tracy and Nate Moore, and Annemarie and Matt Schumacher.


The evening features exceptional wines from Big Sky Cafe, Café Napoli, Parker’s Table, Randall’s Wines and Spirits, Robust Wine Bar & Catering, Sardella, and The Wine Merchant, and select imports, microbrews, and unique beer from Grey Eagle Distributors


Guests will savor delicious bites from their favorite restaurants from The Saint Louis Originals – a collaborative of independently owned and operated local restaurants – including Baileys’ Chocolate Bar, Cravings Restaurant, Bakery and Catering Company, LoRusso’s Cucina, Small Batch, SqWires, and Three Kings Public House.  Guests can also indulge in rich confections from Kakao Chocolate, gourmet offerings from the Saint Louis Club, and Kaldi’s Coffee.


This year’s Wine & Beer Tasting is themed around Opera Theatre’s production of Verdi’s La traviata, which will open its 2018 season with a new production directed by renowned soprano Patricia Racette.


Proceeds from the 23rd Annual Wine & Beer Tasting benefit Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’s nationally recognized professional training programs for emerging artists, which provide special concert opportunities, master classes, and coaching sessions for the next generation of opera talent, as well as an intensive technical apprentice program for rising students of scenic, lighting, costume, or props design.


Individual tickets start at $75.  Guests who contribute at the $1,000 level or above receive four tickets and access to the exclusive “Reserve Room” – a special VIP party from 5:30-7:00 p.m. featuring delicious food, high-end wine and beer, and a a special performance featuring one of Opera Theatre’s talented singers.  For more information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please call 314-963-4223 or visit ExperienceOpera.org/wineandbeer.


The 23rd Annual Wine & Beer Tasting is made possible through the generosity of presenting sponsors Accenture, Centene Charitable Foundation, and Graybar Electric Company, Inc. Sponsors at the Benefactor level include Anheuser Busch, and Grey Eagle Distributors, and the generous support of Tracy & Nate Moore and Annemarie & Matt Schumacher. Special thanks to Ces & Judy’s Catering, Collaborative Strategies, Inc., Trademark Wines, and media sponsor Sauce Magazine.


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 its 2017 Festival Season, Opera Theatre has presented 26 world premieres and 27 American premieres — which may be 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,” 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 Erie Mills, Jerry Hadley, Christine Brewer, Thomas Hampson, Sylvia McNair, Dawn Upshaw, Susan Graham, Dwayne Croft, Patricia Racette, Matthew Polenzani, Nathan Gunn, Lawrence Brownlee, Kelly Kaduce, and Jennifer Johnson Cano.  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 the late Colin Graham.

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is funded in part by the Regional Arts Commission, Arts and Education Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Missouri Arts Council, with audience building programs supported by The Wallace Foundation.

Generous leadership support for the services of the St. Louis Symphony is provided by the Taylor family and the late Jack C. Taylor.