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Opening Night Spotlights

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  • May 23, May 30, June 7, June 13
  • 7 p.m. CT
  • Online
  • Free

Join us for special live celebrations marking each planned opening night of each 2020 production. During each Opening Night Spotlight, our directors and designers will present their set renderings and costume sketches, while artists share music from the opera. You'll even have the option to pre-order Ces & Judy's picnics for delivery — and after the presentation is over, raise a glass with us via your screen!

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To order picnics from Ces & Judy's, please call (314) 991-6700. Pricing includes delivery within St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and Saint Charles by 6 p.m. on each Opening Night Spotlight. Picnics orders must be placed no later than 4 p.m. on the Friday before each Opening Night.

Carmen: Saturday, May 23

Go behind the scenes of Carmen with stage director Rodula Gaitanou, conductor Timothy Myers, and mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko. In addition, you'll hear pre-recorded performances by Sarah Mesko, tenor Adam Smith, and soprano Erica Petrocelli.

Die Fledermaus: Saturday, May 30

Celebrate a colorful and bold take on the delightful comedy Die Fledermaus with stage director Shawna Lucey, conductor David Charles Abell, and soprano Mary Dunleavy. Get glimpses of fantastic costumes and mid-century sets, and enjoy performances by Mary Dunleavy, soprano Deanna Breiwick, tenor Joshua Blue, and baritone Edward Nelson.

Awakenings: Sunday, June 7

Marking the planned debut of Opera Theatre's 29th world premiere, this Opening Night Spotlight features OTSL Artistic Director and Awakenings stage director James Robinson, composer Tobias Picker, librettist Aryeh Lev Stollman, and baritone Jarrett Porter (Dr. Oliver Sacks). In addition to set and costume renderings, explore musical excerpts from this never-before-heard opera.

Susannah: Saturday, June 13

Carlisle Floyd's powerful Susannah seems to carry even more weight today than it did in 1950 — and so, it seems only fitting that this production would have been led by an all-female creative team. Hear from stage director (and famed soprano) Patricia Racette, SLSO Resident Conductor Gemma New, and star soprano Susanna Phillips on what makes this piece so iconic...and so relevant. 

This digital event is in memory of devoted Opera Theatre friend and tremendous supporter, Phyllis Brissenden. Though we hoped to dedicate this production to her in our planned festival season, it's our honor to celebrate her memory with this Opening Night Spotlight.

A tribute to PHyllis Brissenden