Forget all of your prejudices
about "stodgy" operatic productions and enjoy Spring in St. Louis!
ST. LOUIS, MO. If
youve never been to Opera Theatre in St. Louis, get ready for a surprise!
In St. Louis, opera isnt old-style opera in huge theaters and foreign
languages - youll hear wonderful music sung in English by a new crop
of young Americans; youll see exciting all-new productions in a small
theater that brings the audience close to the action.
them for a spring festival season featuring "the best and brightest
American talent" in fresh new productions accompanied by members of
the famed Saint Louis Symphony. Enjoy picnics in the gardens around the theater,
and meet the artists in the tent after performances.
The 2003 season leads off with the blazing
drama of Tosca, one of Puccini's all-time successes,
followed by Mozart's brilliant comedy The Abduction From
The Seraglio, then the first US performances of Jonathan Dove's acclaimed
Flight, and finally the mysteries of the Orient
in Massenet's melodious Thaïs (pronounced
If you've never been to Opera Theatre before,
you are in for a treat. Newcomers are essential to this company, and "newcomers
discounts" on the May 29, 31, June 4, 7, 21, and 25 performances make
a wonderful introduction. Details on this and group sales discounts can be
foujnd on the website, http://www.opera-stl.org/.
Above all, act quickly, and you'll find tickets available to all performances.
They do sell out, but not until late in the season. See you at the opera!
Spring Festival Season
24 - June 29, 2003
is like an exotic flower that blossoms in the spring. The theatre has an
intimate quality, so the performances have an immediacy which makes opera
here seem more a living theatrical tradition than a museum culture."
The New York Times
TOSCA - May 24, 28 and 30,
June 5 - 28. Floria
Tosca, a famous singer, is passionately in love with a young artist during
the dangerous summer of 1800, when Romes sinister chief of police hunts
down conspirators with Napoleon and the armies of France. Puccinis
riveting melodrama has been at the top of the opera repertory for more than
a hundred years, keeping audiences on the edges of their seats and sending
them home with music which stays in the memory forever. Stephen Lord and
Neil Peter Jampolis are conductor and director; soprano Cynthia Lawrence
makes her OTSL debut in the title role.
THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO
- May 29 and 31, June 4 - 29. Soprano Jennifer Welch-Babidge and tenor Gregory
Turay return as the young lovers with Kevin Short as the villainous Osmin
in a new production of Mozarts enchanting comedy, which has not been
seen at Opera Theatre since 1986. Director Elkhanah Pulitzer and conductor
Graeme Jenkins, music director of The Dallas Opera, are making OTSL debuts;
the opera will be designed by OTSLs longtime lighting designer, Christopher
FLIGHT - June 8 - 27. This
is the U.S. premiere of Jonathan Dove's story telling of ten travelers stranded
at an airport for one agonizingly long night, during which their lives are
turned upside down. Commissioned for the Glyndebourne Opera, FLIGHT received
a wildly enthusiastic reception, at its world premiere in England.
Directed by Colin Graham and conducted by William Lumpkin, the production
is designed by Jerome Sirlin and Jane Greenwood, both distinguished artists
making OTSL debuts.
The Evening Standard (London):
Flight is that rarest thing: a popular new comic opera with music that
is instantly graspable and often beautiful. Optimistic yet poignant, it indulges
sentimentality along with laughs. What matters is that Doves music
flies, the opera is fun, and people are going to love it.
THAIS - June 18 - 28. And
finally the glorious soprano Mary Dunleavy, who brought audiences to their
feet in La traviata two years ago, returns as yet another beautiful courtesan
in the title role of Massenet's Thaïs.
This is one of the great examples
of 19th-century European fascination with the exotic East. Set in Egypt,
it is the story of a handsome young monk who succeeds in converting a beautiful
Egyptian courtesan to his religion, only to discover too late that he is
passionately in love with her. The famous Meditation is one of
the many rewards of the operas lush and colorful score; conductor George
Manahan, Canadian director Renaud Doucet and designer André Barbe
make OTSL debuts.
From some previous productions:
Images in this page are from the Opera Theatre of St. Louis webpage
addition to the performances in its regular Season, Opera Theatre of Saint
Louis will host the OPERA CONFERENCE 2003, held in conjunction with the annual
conference of Opera Volunteers International June 14-18, 2003
OPERA America is the
national organization linking professional opera producers, artists, trustees
and audiences across the U.S. and Canada, including several in Asia, Australia,
New Zealand and South America. The conference will assemble the administrations,
boards and staffs of the 143 Professional Company and 300 Affiliate and Business
Members of OPERA America, with additional conferees from Opera Europa and
Opera Volunteers International.
The conference is a major undertaking for Opera Theatre; it is the first
ever to be hosted by a company that presents a festival season. OTSL subscribers
for 2003 will be encouraged to exchange their June 14-18 tickets so that
we can accommodate more of our conference colleagues!
Conference information will be available in the next few weeks
on OTSLs website: www.opera-stl.org
and the OPERA America website: www.operaam.org
Write to OPERA America at 1156 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005 or call
from critics all over the world for the St. Louis Opera Theatre:
is opera-going a more pleasant total experience than at Opera Theatre.With
the aura of civilized relaxation, it's no wonder patrons this year are
coming from 40 states and several foreign countries."
Dallas Morning News
like Glyndebourne without the snobbery."
The Sunday Times, London
WITHOUT GRANDEUR. In St. Louis, adventure, tradition and freshness lock
hands. Forget any sense of routine... an operatic visit to St. Louis can
only instill optimism about the art form. Treated with such vibrancy and
intelligence, opera puts on no airs. It is entertainment of unparalleled
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
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