Opera Theatre of Saint Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis Presents 'The Very Last Green Thing' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/opera-theatre-saint-louis-presents-very-last-green-thing <p>"The Very Last Green Thing," an opera aimed for young audiences and performed by children ranging from nine to 16, opens next week at the Touhill. It will be the third production of the work by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis since the organization commissioned it in 1992.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 22:54:41 +0000 Camille Phillips 30776 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis Presents 'The Very Last Green Thing' Jennifer Johnson Cano Returns Home To Preview Carnegie Recital http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/jennifer-johnson-cano-returns-home-preview-carnegie-recital <p>When mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano enrolled in Webster University, her goal was to be a choral conductor.&nbsp; But Webster&rsquo;s Director of Vocal Studies Carole Gaspar had other ideas. At the end of Cano&rsquo;s sophomore year, Gaspar suggested that she should pursue a career as a singer. Cano had already been in her first opera scene at Webster and had enjoyed it. &nbsp;&ldquo;So I changed my major,&rdquo; said Cano, &ldquo;and started really focusing my energy on practicing and learning more of the craft of what singers need to know to be successful.&rdquo;</p> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 02:17:51 +0000 Mary Edwards 30239 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Jennifer Johnson Cano Returns Home To Preview Carnegie Recital Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis Premieres Terence Blanchard’s ‘Champion’ http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/opera-theatre-saint-louis-premieres-terence-blanchard-s-champion <p>On Saturday, June 15, <a href="http://www.opera-stl.org/">Opera Theatre of Saint Louis</a> performs the world premiere of jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard’s first opera, <em>Champion</em>. Set to a libretto by Michael Cristofer, the opera tells the true story of Emile Griffith, a gay boxer who became the Welterweight Champion of the World. But in a boxing match, he kills his opponent through no fault of his own, and then has to live with the guilt for the rest of his life.</p> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 03:19:20 +0000 Mary Edwards & Alex Heuer 27407 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis Premieres Terence Blanchard’s ‘Champion’ Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis’ Festival Season Opens With ‘Pirates Of Penzance” http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/opera-theatre-saint-louis-festival-season-opens-pirates-penzance <p>The tents are up on the lawn of the Loretto Hilton Performing Arts Center as <a href="http://www.opera-stl.org/">Opera Theatre of Saint Louis</a> prepares to open its 2013 Festival Season with Gilbert &amp; Sullivan’s comic masterpiece <em>The Pirates of Penzance.</em> Directed and choreographed by Sean Curran and conducted by Ryan McAdams, <em>Pirates</em> is the first of four productions that will be staged in repertory from May 25 until June 30.</p> Sat, 25 May 2013 01:47:52 +0000 Mary Edwards & Alex Heuer 26730 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis’ Festival Season Opens With ‘Pirates Of Penzance” Renowned Jazz Musician Portrays The Life Of A Prize Fighter In A New Opera http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/renowned-jazz-musician-portrays-life-prize-fighter-new-opera <p>As a world-renowned jazz trumpeter, composer and band leader, Terence Blanchard has received five Grammy Awards and has written jazz pieces for small ensembles, symphonic settings, film and stage. But when he was contacted by <a href="http://www.opera-stl.org/">Opera Theatre of Saint Louis</a> Artistic Director James Robinson about writing an opera, his first question was “are you sure you have the right guy?”&nbsp; Robinson knew exactly what he was doing.</p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 21:50:18 +0000 Mary Edwards, Alex Heuer & Don Marsh 9423 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Renowned Jazz Musician Portrays The Life Of A Prize Fighter In A New Opera