Champion http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Opera Theatre Reports A Record Financial Year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/opera-theatre-reports-record-financial-year <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A celebratory concert for donors to Opera </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of St. Louis began with a thank you. Donations and total assets had both grown substantially.</span></p><p class="p1">General Director Timothy O'Leary had announced earlier on Dec. 9 that donations were up 17 percent over the previous year. For the first time in the company's history, contributions designated for productions and operating support exceeded $5 million.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:49:41 +0000 Patricia Rice 32127 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Opera Theatre Reports A Record Financial Year 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’