opera http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Preview: Union Avenue Opera Presents 'Streetcar Named Desire' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/preview-union-avenue-opera-presents-streetcar-named-desire <p><em>This interview will be on "Cityscape" at noon Friday; this story will be updated after the show. You can <a href="http://www.stlpublicradio.org/listen.php" target="_blank">listen live</a>.</em></p><p>St. Louisans have seen the play "A Streetcar Named Desire." Now they have an opportunity to see the opera.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:45:00 +0000 Erica Smith 38323 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Preview: Union Avenue Opera Presents 'Streetcar Named Desire' Gertrude Stein Opera Finds Beauty In The Mundane http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gertrude-stein-opera-finds-beauty-mundane <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjbUAJjYexs</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:54:32 +0000 Jim Dryden 37432 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Gertrude Stein Opera Finds Beauty In The Mundane Reflection: In '27,' Opera Theatre Again Uses Powerful Art To Challenge http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reflection-27-opera-theatre-again-uses-powerful-art-challenge <p>When confronted with apparently transcendent genius, the predictable mere-mortal inclination is to concentrate attention and fascination on the person anointed with this luminous intellectual and artistic blessing and to ignore, or to try to explain away, character deficiencies – minor or monstrous. Sometimes the deficiency may be as much a part of the genius’ character as the super-human talent itself, and in some cases leaves the genius Caesar-like with the good interred with his bones.</p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:32:33 +0000 Robert W. Duffy 37181 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Reflection: In '27,' Opera Theatre Again Uses Powerful Art To Challenge Linda Dubinsky Skrainka: An Artist Of Reflection And Reality http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/linda-dubinsky-skrainka-artist-reflection-and-reality <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Linda </span>Skrainka<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, whose brush strokes reflect everyday life and transform the banalities into large, exquisite tributes to architectural stasis, nature and ordinary moments in time, died yesterday morning.</span></p><p>Her oil paintings are imbued with minute details that human eyes often fail to register, making them a treasure of rediscovery. They are also, often, literal reflections as Mrs. Skrainka painted shadows and mirrored surfaces to create pictures within pictures.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:12:37 +0000 Gloria S. Ross 36674 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Linda Dubinsky Skrainka: An Artist Of Reflection And Reality 'Elixir Of Love' Will Work Its Magic At Opera Theatre http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/elixir-love-will-work-its-magic-opera-theatre <p>Night after night, St. Louis opera lovers gave Rene Barbera standing ovations for his expressive, lyrical, tenor voice. That was three years ago at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, when Barbera smoothly delivered an aria's nine high Cs as Tonio, in Gaetano Donizetti's "Daughter of the Regiment." He made the joyful high notes seem effortless.</p><p>Before the Texan left St. Louis that season, the Opera Theatre's leadership decided to stage another Donizetti opera, specifically to bring back&nbsp;Barbera's expressive voice.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 01:28:11 +0000 Patricia Rice 36416 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'Elixir Of Love' Will Work Its Magic At Opera Theatre Reflection: Mizrahi Makes This 'Magic Flute' A Bit Too Much Fun http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reflection-mizrahi-makes-magic-flute-bit-too-much-fun <p>Mozart’s Songspiel “The Magic Flute” functions at the summit of human achievement as one of the most affecting and popular works in the history of this medium we call opera – Italian for “work” -- which of course that great aesthetic synthesizer is, and which each individual production is as well. Opera is very hard work.</p> Sun, 25 May 2014 20:14:18 +0000 Robert W. Duffy 36443 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Reflection: Mizrahi Makes This 'Magic Flute' A Bit Too Much Fun 'The Magic Flute' Brings Fun And Sparkles To Opera Theatre Of St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/magic-flute-brings-fun-and-sparkles-opera-theatre-st-louis <p>Those locked into the stereotype that opera is elite entertainment put on by people in ivory towers may dump that notion when they hear about two guys trying to conjure magic in Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ “The Magic Flute.” It opens Saturday at the Loretto-Hilton Theatre.</p><p>The two magic makers are Isaac Mizrahi and Sean Panikkar.</p><p>Mizrahi&nbsp;is “Magic Flute’s” stage director, set and costume designer. He has been applauded for his chic designs at down-to-earth prices for Target stores as well as his super glamorous couture looks.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 03:29:24 +0000 Patricia Rice 36256 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'The Magic Flute' Brings Fun And Sparkles To Opera Theatre Of St. Louis Galati Sings 'Lucia di Lammermoor' To Close Winter Opera's Season http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/galati-sings-lucia-di-lammermoor-close-winter-operas-season <p>The mad scene in Donizetti’s opera “Lucia di Lammermoor” helped <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTpzjEBUqng">Joan Sutherland</a>, Maria Callas and Nellie Melba soar to stardom. This weekend at Winter Opera, St. Louis soprano Gina Galati will sing the title role with its famous aria "Il dolce suono.”</p><p>“Lucia” opens Friday evening at 8 p.m. at Chaminade’s Skip Viragh Center for the Arts, 425 S. Lindbergh Blvd., and will also be presented at 3 p.m. March 9.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 03:43:01 +0000 Patricia Rice 34090 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Galati Sings 'Lucia di Lammermoor' To Close Winter Opera's Season Falstaff Returns To St. Louis - The Opera That Is http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/falstaff-returns-st-louis-opera <p>Andrew Stuckey, in town to sing the title role in Verdi’s <a href="http://www.winteroperastl.org/falstaff/">“Falstaff” with Winter Opera</a>,&nbsp; stopped his car along Arsenal Street last week. The baritone grabbed his cell phone and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152595781237796&amp;set=a.10150702661057796.500665.175458932795&amp;type=1">snapped a selfie in front of a faded Falstaff beer ad</a>.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 03:53:19 +0000 Patricia Rice 33393 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Falstaff Returns To St. Louis - The Opera That Is St. Louis Symphony Extra - Britten's Opera Peter Grimes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-symphony-extra-brittens-opera-peter-grimes <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia,Times,serif; line-height: 22px;">We continue our live broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony for the 2013-2014 season this weekend, and you can be right there with us from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:56:00 +0000 Kelsey Proud 31455 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Symphony Extra - Britten's Opera Peter Grimes