Opera Theatre of Saint Louis presents the Annual Winter Recital for its Monsanto Artists-in-Training (AIT) vocal program on Sunday, January 20 at 3:00 p.m. at The Ethical Society, 9001 Clayton Rd, St. Louis, MO 63117. The event is free and open to the public.
Internationally acclaimed soprano and area native Christine Brewer will join OTSL’s AIT students for a 10-day residency, which includes one-on-one voice lessons and three master class events. The residency will culminate in a winter recital, which will feature 22 of the Artist-in-Training high school students. Ms. Brewer is an internationally celebrated singer who has appeared with the English National Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra de Lyon, The Santa Fe Opera, and Théatre du Chatelet, among others. On April 29, 2015, Christine Brewer joined 140 other notable celebrities receiving a bronze star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Brewer’s discography includes over 25 recordings. Her most recent recording, Divine Redeemer on Naxos contains selections with concert organist Paul Jacobs.
Established in 1990, Opera Theatre’s Monsanto Artists-in-Training Program sets out to identify, coach, and encourage talented students from high schools across the St. Louis area with weekly voice lessons by opera professionals at one of the four area universities. The year-long program also offers master classes with visiting artists, awards more than $25,000 annually in scholarships, provides college tours of vocal programs from select universities and conservatories, and offers college guidance to high school graduates. The Monsanto Artists-in-Training program has been recognized by the President’s Committee for the Arts and the Humanities as one of ten model US programs for at-risk youth.
Notable alumni include soprano Julia Bullock, who returns to OTSL this season after completing her tenure as Artist in Residence at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art; bass-baritone and 2014 Fulbright Scholar Derrell Acon; tenor Jermaine Smith, who has performed in Porgy and Bess world-wide; and rising opera stage director Alison Moritz.