opera

Up 4 Percent
11:06 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Opera Theatre Closes Its Books On A Record-Setting Season

"27," the story of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas in Paris, was premiered in the 2014 season.
Credit Ken Howard | OTSL

In a year when opera companies nationwide still struggle with the effects of the Great Recession, and sadly the venerable once-innovative New York City Opera closed, St. Louis continues to support three professional opera companies.

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Opera Demysitified
5:53 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Swashbuckling ‘Pirates’ Will Introduce STL Kids To Opera

From the 2012 Opera on the Go program that worked with "Marriage of Figaro."
Credit Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Many St. Louisans know about “The Pirates of Penzance” because of the 1983 movie version starring St. Louis native Kevin Kline or its more recent iterations on The Muny stage.

This month, Opera Theatre of St. Louis is using the Gilbert and Sullivan opera of the same name to introduce elementary, middle- and high-school students to a genre they may not be as familiar with.

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Cityscape
3:39 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Union Avenue Opera Presents 'Streetcar Named Desire'

Union Avenue Opera's production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" debuts Aug. 1.
Credit Ron Lindsey

St. Louisans have seen the play "A Streetcar Named Desire." Now they have an opportunity to see the opera.

Quoting an original 1947 New York Daily News review of Tennessee Williams’ play, director Chris Limber said the reviewer pointed out “the tragic overtones of grand opera.”

Nearly 50 years later, composer André Previn was asked to turn the play into an opera. According to soprano Katherine Giaquinto, who plays Stella Kowalski in the Union Avenue Opera production, Previn responded: “The time it’ll take me to say yes is as long as it takes for me to hang up the phone.”

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Arts & Culture
11:54 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Gertrude Stein Opera Finds Beauty In The Mundane

Stephanie Blythe (left) as Gertrude Stein and Elizabeth Futral as Alice B. Toklas in the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' 2014 production of 27.
Ken Howard Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 10:52 am

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Stein & Toklas
1:32 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Reflection: In '27,' Opera Theatre Again Uses Powerful Art To Challenge

Elizabeth Futral as Alice B. Toklas with Theo Lebow, Tobias Greenhalgh and Daniel Brevik as paintings
Credit Ken Howard | OTSL

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.

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Obituary
7:12 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Linda Dubinsky Skrainka: An Artist Of Reflection And Reality

Linda Dubinsky Skrainka
Credit from her website

Linda Skrainka, 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.

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.

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Opera Preview
8:28 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

'Elixir Of Love' Will Work Its Magic At Opera Theatre

Rene Barbera as Tonio in "Daughter of the Regiment."
Credit Ken Howard | Opera Theatre of St. Louis

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.

Before the Texan left St. Louis that season, the Opera Theatre's leadership decided to stage another Donizetti opera, specifically to bring back Barbera's expressive voice.

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Opera Theatre of St. Louis
3:14 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

Reflection: Mizrahi Makes This 'Magic Flute' A Bit Too Much Fun

David Gonsier as an owl and Levi Hernandez as Papageno in this year's OTSL production of The Magic Flute.
Credit Ken Howard | Opera Theatre of St. Louis

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.

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Reflecting Mozart's Joy
10:29 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

'The Magic Flute' Brings Fun And Sparkles To Opera Theatre Of St. Louis

Isaac Mizrahi
Credit Opera Theatre of St. Louis

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.

The two magic makers are Isaac Mizrahi and Sean Panikkar.

Mizrahi 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.

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Opera
9:43 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Galati Sings 'Lucia di Lammermoor' To Close Winter Opera's Season

A caricature of the Lucia Sextet, circa 1900. The sextet and the mad scene are the signature moments in Lucia di Lammermoor.
Credit Civica Raccolta Stampe Bertarelli Milan | Wikipedia

The mad scene in Donizetti’s opera “Lucia di Lammermoor” helped Joan Sutherland, 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.”

“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.

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