What Audiences and Press Are Saying About The Grapes of Wrath

Video: Opening Night Audiences Deeply Moved by The Grapes of Wrath (May 27, 2017)


Tweet Seats: Audiences React in Real Time at Live-Tweeted Performance (May 31, 2017)

“Final thoughts: an amazing, heartstring-pulling production. Key elements of #OTSLGrapes are timely in our modern age, but compassion is key.”

“Dystopia and the Dust Bowl” – The Wall Street Journal (June 12, 2017)


The Grapes of Wrath…has contemporary resonance in an era newly perplexed over the fate of refugees… Standouts in the enormous cast included tenor Geoffrey Agpalo, who sold Casy’s arias with conviction; baritone Tobias Greenhalgh, ruggedly determined as Tom Joad; and Deanna Breiwick, sweet-toned as Tom’s pregnant sister, Rosasharn.”


“Opera Theatre gives a strong reimagining of The Grapes of Wrath” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch (May 28, 2017)
“A taut and effective opera…Grapes packs a dramatic punch… Another success. Conductor Christopher Allen…was impressive in his command of the score.”


“Revised Grapes of Wrath is Moving, Magnificent Version at Opera Theatre” – Ladue News (May 31, 2017)

“A compelling reading of Gordon’s highly listenable and unmistakably American score… powerfully acted performances… beautifully realized.”


“Opera Theatre’s new Grapes of Wrath prunes the excess, preserves the heartache and hope” – St. Louis Public Radio feature (May 25, 2017)
“The music itself is a study in different styles from the American musical tradition… audiences will talk about the poignant and truly American story all the way home.”


“Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ production of The Grapes of Wrath is magnificent — and timely” – St. Louis Magazine (June 1, 2017)

“It is outstanding and troubling — a tale sung for our time as well as the Depression… Michael Korie’s libretto is sustained free verse, a treatment of the American vernacular, as sensitive and authentic as I’ve ever heard outside my native American South. Ricky Gordon’s music is an Ozark stream in the springtime, full of energy, muddy here, turbulent there, calm and sweet in crystalline pools that refresh the soul, but dangerous and deadly on the loose.”


"OTSL reads Steinbeck’s righteous sentence with a commanding voice” – Broadway World (May 31, 2017)
“I have never in my life been more emotionally moved by an opera than by this glorious production…a work of remarkable beauty and power.”


Grapes of Wrath review – St. Louis Eats and Drinks (May 30, 2017)
“If you are — relatively — new to opera, you, in particularly need to see The Grapes of Wrath. It will change and inform your perspective for a long time, possibly even permanently… The music is wondrous… Korie’s respect for Steinbeck’s characters is immense.”


HEC’s State of the Arts Previews The Grapes of Wrath (May 31, 2017)
"Its willingness to take chances is the reason the composer agreed to premiere this new version at Opera Theatre... It's a dialogue with the community."