Opera Theatre of Saint Louis will host Annual Holiday Celebration

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis announces its annual Holiday Celebration on Sunday, December 9 at Old Warson Country Club. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with an hour of cocktails and caroling, followed by a black-tie dinner featuring a performance by mezzo-soprano Emily Fons, accompanied by Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek. This year, the Holiday Celebration is chaired by Allison W. Roberts.

Proceeds from the evening’s event will support Opera Theatre’s nationally acclaimed young artist programs and education and community engagement initiatives. Only 3% of more than 1,000 applicants are accepted for OTSL’s Gerdine Young Artist and Richard Gaddes Festival Artist programs each year. These programs provide invaluable continuing education and performance experience to the most talented early-career opera singers in the US. The Holiday Celebration also makes possible technical apprenticeships, administrative internships, and OTSL’s educational initiatives, which reach over 10,000 students yearly through tours, lessons, and workshops.

Tickets to the Holiday Celebration are $300. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Cameron James, Manager of Special Events, at (314) 963-4223, or by email at cjames@opera- stl.org.

Mezzo-soprano Emily Fons made her OTSL debut with a riveting portrayal of Rosina in the 2015 production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Since then, she has continued to delight audiences and critics around the world. A recent highlight of her career includes originating the role of Ruby in the world premiere of the Grammy Award-nominated Cold Mountain at The Santa Fe Opera. She has sung with The Berlin Philharmonic, The Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among many others. This season, she will sing the role of Laurene Powell Jobs in The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs at Seattle Opera. She returns to OTSL in 2019 to sing the title role in Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea.

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’s 2019 Season features the world premiere of composer Terence Blanchard and librettist Kasi Lemmons’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones, based on the memoir of New York Times columnist Charles Blow. It also will feature classics from the operatic canon, including Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Verdi’s Rigoletto, and Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, as well as OTSL’s annual Center Stage led by Music Director Emeritus Stephen Lord. The season opens on Saturday, May 25, 2019. Subscriptions and single tickets can be purchased online, in person at the Loretto-Hilton Box Office, or by calling 314-961-0644.