Opera Theatre of Saint Louis 2024 Program Book

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6 Welcome from the Board Chair 7 Welcome from the General Director 11 Performance Schedule 12 Other Festival Season Events 17 The OTSL Experience 20 Our History 26 Remembering Richard Gaddes 35 Donor Salute: The Brown Family Legacy 78 Advancing the Next Generation 129 Volunteer Profile: Gerry Frankfeld OUR
19 Board of Directors 88 Meet our 2024 Artists 101 St. Louis Symphony Orchestra 102 Opera Theatre Staff 126 Community Engagement & Inclusion Council & Young Friends 127 Guild Board & Volunteers SUPPORT 106 Annual Fund 114 Loyalty Giving 116 Endowment Donors 119 Crescendo Circle 120 Tribute Gifts 122 Intermezzo Society 123 Spring Gala 124 National Patrons Council OTHER INFORMATION 10 Our Shared Promise 18 Land Acknowledgement & Toast to Webster University 125 In Memoriam 132 Opera Theatre Repertory 134 Program Book Advertisers 135 Accessibility Services 136 General Information t a b l e o f CONTENTS
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from the board chair WELCOME

Welcome to the 2024 Festival Season! We are so glad to have you at the Loretto-Hilton Center for what I know will be a fantastic performance. What takes place in these all-too-short six weeks is nothing short of magical, and I’m grateful that you’re with us.

Opera is a unique art form in that it encompasses all the art forms with profound impact: music, drama, costuming, scenic design, carpentry, lighting, and so much more. The result is an immersive sensory experience, and one that I hope adds value to your life. Opera offers us the opportunity to gather, empathize, and learn by being visually transported to another place through the magic of the stage. We can find solace and connection while being entertained — what a gift!

I am grateful for all of our artists who, by sharing their talents with us, create a place for entertainment, reflection, and beauty. It is impossible to quantify their impact on us all.

It’s frequently said that “opera is the ultimate team sport,” and I want to acknowledge the incredible team of volunteers, staff, and board for their tireless efforts to support our artists and make these operas come to life.

And of course, to you, our loyal audience — you are an essential part of the OTSL family. Our work here at Opera Theatre would be meaningless without your participation. Thank you for being here, whether you’re exploring opera for the first time or are a seasoned veteran. OTSL has planned a remarkable season designed to delight and inspire, and we’re so glad you’re here!

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from the general director WELCOME

The Festival Season is my favorite time of year. From enjoying wonderful dinners in our beautiful gardens, to experiencing incredible talent on and off stage, and mingling with artists and audience members under our iconic tents after performances — what we have at Opera Theatre is incredibly special. I find myself deeply humbled and grateful for all that has been created here, and this year I am particularly thankful to our founding General Director, Richard Gaddes.

Sadly, Richard passed away on December 12, 2023. He is missed by friends and colleagues both at Opera Theatre and within the greater opera community. We’ve relished sharing our memories of him and celebrating his vision for this company — a vision ahead of its time in 1976, and which continues to inspire our work to this day.

Together with the other founders, Richard established an opera company that is grounded in a few key principles — a commitment to nurturing young singers; championing new and innovative repertory; and creating an approachable, accessible audience experience. Those principles have been nurtured and maintained for nearly fifty years, and continue to thrive at OTSL, stewarded by my brilliant artistic colleagues. Artistic Director James Robinson, Artistic Director of Young Artist Programs Patricia Racette, and Principal Conductor Daniela Candillari have curated an exciting season that we hope will transport audiences not only to Seville, Paris, Alexandria, and Rome, but to emotional heights and depths that only opera can inspire.

It is a privilege to share opera with our community, and it truly takes a community to bring this work to life. My thanks to the staff, artists, artisans, volunteers, donors, community partners, and board members for all they do to champion this art form and this company. I am especially grateful to our Board Chair Kim Eberlein for her ongoing partnership and leadership.

It is with great joy that we dedicate our 2024 Festival Season to our founding General Director Richard Gaddes, whose memory we will cherish and whose legacy will continue to inspire our work. On behalf of all of us at OTSL, thank you for sharing this meaningful season with us.

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our shared PROMISE a community code of conduct

WELCOME TO OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS!

At Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, we are dedicated to creating an atmosphere of warmth, joy, and shared appreciation for the beauty of opera. We pledge to make every effort to make operagoers feel welcome, respected, and valued. To achieve this, we’ve crafted “Our Shared Promise” — a set of shared, mutual expectations that will foster a positive and inclusive experience for all. We invite you to join us in shaping an environment where everyone can fully enjoy the magic of the performing arts!

When you attend an OTSL performance or engage with our community, we pledge to do our best to ensure you experience:

1. Respect and Kindness: We agree to treat one another with kindness, respect, and compassion. We believe in the power of courtesy and understanding to create a shared space where everyone can enjoy music, theater, and shared experiences.

2. Inclusivity: We are proud to be an inclusive organization. Discrimination, harassment, or disrespect based on any aspect of ability or identity have no place at Opera Theatre.

3. Fun: We believe that opera is not only a form of artistic expression, but also a source of joy and entertainment. We hope that together, we can share in moments of laughter, appreciation, and the comradery of a shared artistic experience.

4. A Safe Environment: The safety of our community is our top priority. We ask you to please notify the appropriate staff or security if you observe physical harassment, abusive language, or any form of threatening behavior. We will abide by all government laws and regulations in our theater and at our events, including local health and safety guidelines. Together, we hope to create an environment that respects the well-being of all.

While we believe in the power of shared values, we know that sometimes misunderstandings can occur. If you witness a situation that goes against “Our Shared Promise” or if you have concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly ushers or any other member of the Opera Theatre team. You are also welcome to send us an email at boxoffice@ opera-stl.org, and we’ll be more than happy to assist.

Thank you for being a part of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Your presence is what makes our work meaningful, and we’re thrilled to share this experience with you. Together, let’s make every moment at the opera unforgettable!

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2024 festival season schedule

There’s no shortage of captivating performances to enjoy in May and June. We look forward to seeing you at one or more of these operas!

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Post-Show Champagne Toast Young Friends Night ASL (American Sign Language) Audio Description Pride Night

Pre-show picnics may be enjoyed in the David W. Mesker Festival Gardens prior to each performance. Free opera previews begin one hour before each performance in the Community Music School, next door to the theater.

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25 Saturday 7:30 p.m. THE BARBER OF SEVILLE 31 Friday 7:30 p.m. THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
Saturday 7:30 p.m. LA BOH È ME 5 Wednesday 7:30 p.m. LA BOHÈME 6 Thursday 7:30 p.m. THE BARBER OF SEVILLE 8 Saturday 12:30 p.m. THE BARBER OF SEVILLE 9 Sunday 7:30 p.m. JULIUS CAESAR 12 Wednesday 7:30 p.m. THE BARBER OF SEVILLE 13 Thursday 7:30 p.m. JULIUS CAESAR 14 Friday 7:30 p.m. LA BOHÈME 15 Saturday 12:30 p.m. JULIUS CAESAR 7:30
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DISCOVER MORE DURING OUR FESTIVAL SEASON

BEYOND the stage

Every Festival Season, more than 20,000 people attend a mainstage performance. However, even during the height of a season, Opera Theatre works to make opera as fun and accessible as possible by going “beyond the stage” to bring free and low-cost events featuring the season’s shows, directors, designers, and artists to more of our community. In total, Opera Theatre reaches more than 80,000 people a year! From inviting students to attend dress rehearsals at no cost, to providing networking opportunities for young professionals, to exploring the intersections of visual art and theater at the Saint Louis Art Museum, we always aspire to create and connect to great art in new, surprising, and delightful ways.

Read on for a snapshot of the many ways you can engage with Opera Theatre this May and June — we hope to see you at one or more of these offstage events! Everyone is welcome.

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CAROL L. KIMBALL SPOTLIGHT ON OPERA SERIES

Mondays, May 6, 13, 20, & June 3 at 7 p.m.

Kirkwood Performing Arts Center, 210 E. Monroe Ave.

Discover insights into the season’s operas through panel discussions with composers, directors, designers, and special guest speakers. Moderated by General Director Andrew Jorgensen, each Spotlight focuses on a different production and features live performances of operatic excerpts by members of OTSL’s Young Artist Programs.

ExperienceOpera.org/Spotlight

OPERA PREVIEWS

May 25 – June 30

6:30 p.m. before evening performances

11:30 a.m. before matinee performances

Community Music School, 535 Garden Avenue

One hour before each performance, members of OTSL’s music staff present a free, informative 20-minute talk highlighting the story and music of each opera. Previews take place in the Concert Hall of the Community Music School, located next door to the theater, and are the perfect introduction to the opera you are about to see!

Opera Previews are generously underwritten by Mary

YOUNG FRIENDS NIGHTS

May 25, June 5, 13, 14, 19, 23, 26 & 29 at 6 p.m.

Loretto-Hilton Center, 130 Edgar Road

Young Friends events are designed to give patrons 45 and under the chance to meet, mingle, and socialize during an unforgettable trip to the opera...without breaking the bank. Participants enjoy an exclusive pre-performance buffet and open bar along with great seats for the opera, all starting at just $49

INTERMEZZO NIGHT AT THE OPERA

The Intermezzo Society is dedicated to supporting and celebrating new voices in opera. Four events throughout the year offer opportunities to connect with the St. Louis community and OTSL artists. At this third event of 2024, members enjoy a preperformance dinner in the lush David W. Mesker Festival Gardens. Membership starts at $50 per month or $600 annually. Visit page 122 to learn more about the Intermezzo Society!

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Leadership support for Opera Theatre’s year-round community programs comes from Noémi K. Neidorff The Spotlight on Opera series is made possible with gifts celebrating the life of Carol L. Kimball , a member of the Opera Theatre family who was a generous friend and a beloved volunteer. Photo © J. David Levy Susman & Tom Herm Photo © Camille Mahs
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BEYOND THE STAGE DISCOVER MORE DURING OUR FESTIVAL SEASON

PRIDE NIGHT AT THE OPERA

Saturday, June 1 at 6 p.m.

Join us for a loud and proud celebration of Pride Month! Unleash your inner diva, enjoy special welcome drinks, and party with a post-show DJ while you mingle with OTSL’s artists. This fabulous evening features Puccini’s timeless masterpiece La . Special Pride Night ticket packages range from $49-$149.

ExperienceOpera.org/PrideNight

SING OUT VOCAL CAMP

June 3–7

560 Music Center, Washington University

Sing Out is an extension of OTSL’s award-winning Bayer Fund Artists-inTraining Program. High school students receive daily voice lessons, participate in vocal master classes with season artists, and study movement, acting, and audition preparation. Sing Out includes tickets to live performances of The Barber of Seville and La bohème. The camp culminates with a recital and a fully staged scene performance.

ExperienceOpera.org/SingOut

OPERA EXPLORERS

June 10–14

Carpenter Library, 3309 S. Grand Blvd.

This popular summer camp introduces young people to the magic of opera. Hosted by the St. Louis Public Library, students ages 9-13 will explore the basics of stagecraft, including singing, writing, composing, costuming, stage makeup, and set design. Campers will use their new skills to create and stage their own original mini-opera. After the camp, students and their parents or guardians will have the opportunity to attend a matinee performance of The Barber of Seville.

ExperienceOpera.org/OperaExplorers

OPERA TOURS AT THE ART MUSEUM

Sundays, June 2 & 9 at 1 p.m. (The Barber of Seville)

Sundays, June 16 & 23 at 1 p.m. (Galileo Galilei ) Saint Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Drive

In two special one-hour tours, Saint Louis Art Museum docents lead guests through the Museum’s collection, highlighting sculptures, paintings, and themes that correspond to Opera Theatre’s productions of The Barber of Seville and Galileo Galilei. Tours depart from the Visitor Information Center in the Sculpture Hall in the Main Building. All tours are free; no reservations are required.

ExperienceOpera.org/ArtTours

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JOHN D. & SALLY S. LEVY MASTER CLASSES

June 2, 14, & 28

Sally S. Levy Opera Center, 210 Hazel Ave.

Inaugurated by the legendary Eleanor Steber in 1988, these extraordinary master classes offer insights by distinguished artists into the craft of singing and interpretation, featuring performances by select Richard Gaddes Festival Artists and Gerdine Young Artists. Tickets are $15 and available at the door. Donors at or above the $250 Contributor level may attend free of charge.

ExperienceOpera.org/MasterClass

PATRICIA RACETTE

Soprano

Sunday, June 2 at 12:30 p.m.

Patricia Racette is known as one of the great singing actresses of our time, and she continues to share her artistry with audiences around the world. However, in St. Louis, she is even more beloved for her work as the Artistic Director of OTSL’s Young Artist Programs. Every season, she crafts a rigorous curriculum for our young artists that helps push them to new heights of musical and dramatic interpretation — and this master class is the perfect example of that work in action!

PAUL GROVES

Tenor

Friday, June 14 at 12:30 p.m.

One of the great American tenors of his generation, Paul Groves continues to enjoy an impressive international career performing on the stages of the world’s leading opera houses and most prestigious concert halls. Before returning to OTSL for the role of Older Galileo in Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei, he sang the role of Howie Albert in Terence Blanchard’s Champion at the Metropolitan Opera (2022-23) and Lyric Opera of Chicago (2023-24). Mr. Groves is an Artist-in-Residence at Louisiana State University’s School of Music.

ANA MARÍA MARTÍNEZ

Soprano

Friday, June 28 at 12:30 p.m.

Grammy Award-winner Ana María Martínez is one of the foremost sopranos of her time, with an international career that spans the world’s most important opera houses and concert halls. A winner of the 15th Annual Opera News Awards, she is steadfastly committed to being a leader in the industry, as well as an advocate and educator for the next generation of musicians. In 2019, Ms. Martínez joined the Houston Grand Opera as their first-ever Artistic Advisor. In July 2021, she was also appointed Professor of Voice at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, following a two-year appointment as Artist-in-Residence.

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Webster University’s Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts is the only undergraduate training program that has a major regional theatre and an opera company on campus, providing students the unparalleled opportunity to train with expert faculty and working professionals.

To learn more, scan the QR code or visit webster.edu/conservatory

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production of Myths and Hymns. Photo by Phillip Hamer.

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SAVOR A PRE-SHOW PICNIC

Enjoy open-air dining in our beautiful David W. Mesker Festival Gardens, surrounded by your fellow opera-goers. Seating is first come, first served — no reservations required! The gardens open 2.5 hours prior to performances.

Pre-order one of our picnic boxes (prepared by Ces & Judy’s Catering) for an easy and delicious meal. Just visit ExperienceOpera.org/Picnics or call the Box Office at (314) 961-0644 by 4 p.m. the day before your show to place an order. Craving your favorite recipes? You’re also welcome to bring your own food and beverages!

The David W. Mesker Festival Gardens are made possible by the

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GIVING THANKS for where we stand

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis acknowledges that we exist and gather on the ancestral homelands of the Osage Nation, Missouria, and Illini Confederacy, who were removed unjustly, and that we in this community are the beneficiaries of that removal. Despite centuries of forcible removal and the loss of many tribal nations, more than 183,400 Indigenous individuals still live in Missouri today. We pay respect to elders both past and present, and we honor them as we live, work, and create art here.

To learn more about the history and legacy of Indigenous peoples, as well as ways to get involved in advocacy, please visit the Alliance for Native Programs & Initiatives at nativealliance.org.

A NOTE OF THANKS

Since Opera Theatre’s inaugural season in 1976, Webster University has graciously provided a warm, welcoming home for the company. Dr. Leigh Gerdine, who was the university’s president at the time, was also OTSL’s founding board chairman. Without his advocacy and the university’s decades of support, it is unlikely that Opera Theatre could have grown into the world-class festival it is today.

Each spring, opera fans from around the world make the journey to Webster University’s LorettoHilton Center to experience OTSL’s Festival Season. A key landmark of the OTSL experience is the university’s idyllic backdrop of lush, green gardens, where audience members and staff gather for pre-show picnics and late-night toasts. More importantly, our

partnership continues to nurture new generations of talented theater artists who begin their training in Webster’s Conservatory of Theater Arts program and later graduate into professional roles with Opera Theatre.

We extend our profound gratitude to Webster University’s administration and board for their ongoing partnership.

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The largest earthen mound in North America, aerial view of Monk’s Mound in Cahokia, IL. Photo © Matt Gush The Loretto-Hilton Center and David W. Mesker Gardens at Webster University. Photo © Ken Howard

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Kim Eberlein Chair

Lelia J. Farr

Vice-Chair

V. Raymond Stranghoener

Vice-Chair

Mont S. Levy

Treasurer

Ann McFarland

Sullins

Secretary

Jim Berges

Cynthia J. Brinkley

Spencer B. Burke **

Adrienne Davis

Gina Hoagland

Marcela Manjarrez

Noémi K. Neidorff *

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tania Beasley-Jolly

Ashley Budde 

Jane Clark

Jamison F. Craft 

Robert H. Craft, Jr.  

Crystal Allen Dallas

Arnold W. Donald

Mrs. Irl F. Engelhardt

Edes Gilbert

David Hagee

Dr. Lannis Hall

Mrs. Ronald A. Holtman

Heather Hunt-Ruddy

Frank Jacobs

Bettie Johnson

Barry Kirk

Eugene Kornblum

Kenneth Kranzberg

LIFE MEMBERS

Mrs. Stephen F. Brauer

Robert M. Feibel, M.D.

Mrs. William B. Firestone

Richard Gaddes 

PAST BOARD CHAIRS

Dr. Leigh Gerdine  1976–1978

Mr. Laurance L. Browning, Jr.  1979–1986

Josephine C. Throdahl  1987–1995

David W. Mesker 1996–2001

Terms align with Opera Theatre's fiscal year (October 1 – September 30).

John H. Russell

Robert L. Scharff, Jr.

Linda Seibert 

Rex Sinquefield

Stephen Trampe

Timothy Wentworth

J. David Levy, Jr.

David J. Meiners, M.D.

Mabel L. Purkerson, M.D.

Win Reed

Allison W. Roberts

Lori Samuels

Joseph Shepard

Dr. Amber Simpson

Thelma Steward

Dr. Donald M. Suggs

Mary Susman

Maria Guadalupe Taxman

Mark Throdahl

Franklin F. Wallis

Phoebe Dent Weil

Robin Wentworth

Joanne Kohn

Charles MacKay

Gene W. Spector, M.D.

Roma B. Wittcoff

Janet McAfee Weakley  2002–2003

Donna Wilkinson  2004–2008

Spencer B. Burke 2009–2015

Noémi K. Neidorff 2016–2021

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* Immediate Past Chair ** Previous Chairman  Ex-Officio Member  In Memoriam

the STORY of OTSL

Born in 1976, Opera Theatre began as the brainchild of a handful of opera-lovers who were determined to bring a permanent first-class opera company to this very musical city. They knew there was enough interest in St. Louis to support such a company, thanks to the popularity of other local and touring opera productions.

THE FOUNDERS

Opera Theatre’s founders brought a deep appreciation for opera and a keen knowledge of business. Leigh Gerdine was the president of Webster College and the former

a patron of the Santa Fe Opera (another summer opera festival), Leigh was convinced that a similar model could succeed in St. Louis. He enlisted James A. Van Sant, president of General Steel Industries and a long-time opera champion, and Laurance (Larry) Browning of Emerson, whose young daughter was studying vocal performance. Both knew the business community well and could help build credibility for a fledgling enterprise. Larry later followed Leigh as board chairman; his greatest gift to Opera Theatre was insisting on the strongest fiscal responsibility from the outset, a value that is faithfully upheld to this day. These local leaders knew that they needed to find the right artistic leader to bring their vision to life. They turned to Richard Gaddes, then an artistic administrator for the Santa Fe Opera, and hired him as a consultant. Richard toured several local theaters, but the Loretto-Hilton

unique potential, from its intimate size to the inviting lawns outside, and he knew that an opera company could thrive here. His vision inspired such excitement that he was quickly hired to become Opera Theatre’s first general director.

STARTING SMALL

The first season opened on May 22, 1976. No one knew what to expect, and fewer than 200 people had actually paid for tickets to the opening night performance of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. Board members handed out free tickets to employees, neighbors...anyone who they thought might attend. But the audience agreed in no uncertain terms: it was a smash success. By the end of the season, OTSL was playing to sold-out houses. From the start, Opera Theatre was doing things differently, presenting rare works such as Mozart’s The Impresario and Britten’s Albert Herring.

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Where it all began, with Opera Theatre’s very first production: Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, 1976. Photo © Bill Smith

year history, the company has had only four general directors. Richard Gaddes was succeeded as general director by Charles MacKay (1985–2008), under whom OTSL would expand its backstage capacity, build its first office and rehearsal building (the Sally S. Levy Opera Center), and launch its nationally acclaimed Bayer Fund Artists-in-Training Program for local high school students. Important artistic appointments were also made: Colin Graham was named Artistic Director in 1985 and held that position until his passing in 2007. Stephen Lord served as Music Director from 1991 through 2017.

The role of general director was next taken up by Timothy O’Leary (2009–2018), who began OTSL’s influential New Works, Bold Voices series of world premieres by American composers and

doubled the company’s endowment during his ten-year tenure. Joining him that same year was James Robinson, who has been OTSL’s Artistic Director ever since.

Most recently, General Director Andrew Jorgensen has carried on this tradition of excellence, making waves both in St. Louis and the broader opera industry. Shortly after his tenure began, Jorgensen announced that celebrated soprano Patricia Racette would be joining the company as Artistic Director of Young Artist Programs, a position she still holds currently. In the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons, the Metropolitan Opera produced two of OTSL’s world premieres by Terence Blanchard: Fire Shut Up in My Bones and Champion. These productions

marked the Met’s first operas by a Black composer. Meanwhile, here in St. Louis, the company weathered the COVID-19 pandemic by presenting its first-ever outdoor festival in 2021, held on one of Webster University’s parking lots; the season sold out in three days. The 2022 Festival Season marked OTSL’s successful return to the Loretto-Hilton Center, along with Daniela Candillari’s premiere as OTSL’s Principal Conductor.

Opera Theatre owes a great debt of gratitude to the many founders, donors, and visionaries who made — and continue to make — our success possible. We look forward to bringing you another fantastic season this year. Thank you for joining us!

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Julia Bullock in the 2019 OTSL world premiere of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones.
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Remembering OTSL’s

Founding General Director

“Thank God I’m not going to be running an opera company here in St. Louis!”

That’s what Richard Gaddes remembered thinking on a rainy Saturday in November 1975, as he was visiting different venues with a small group of civic leaders who were determined to start a new company here. “The theaters were all drab and technically inadequate, and only Kiel Opera House [now the Stifel Theatre] had a large enough orchestra pit, but it was frighteningly big, at around 3,500 seats,” he later wrote.

Richard and his volunteer driver decided to make a last-minute detour on the way to Gaddes’ hotel, to Webster College’s Loretto-Hilton Center. Leigh Gerdine, Webster’s president, was one of the leaders who had invited Richard to St. Louis.

At the time, Gaddes was the Santa Fe Opera’s artistic administrator, where he had happily been working for the previous six years. “The idea of a couple of days in St. Louis with all expenses paid and a fee of $250 sounded like fun, so I said yes,” Gaddes said of his consulting visit.

Five months later, Richard was managing Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, helping tech crew members and volunteers scramble to build flats and paint scenery for the opening night of Don Pasquale on May 22, 1976, at the Loretto-Hilton.

Opera impresario was a surprising career path for the native of Wallsend, a small town in northeast England where the two conventional vocations for young men were coal mining and shipbuilding.

Thomas Gaddes, his father, had opted for the latter vocation. He and his wife Emily sang with local choruses, as did Richard, who was also a precocious piano student. Knowing his father would never approve of a career in music, Richard conspired with his mother, who squirreled away a few pence every week from the housekeeping allowance until they had enough saved up for a train ticket to London. They eventually found a day-trip that would get

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Richard Gaddes stands before the set of The Magic Flute in the Loretto-Hilton Center, 1984.
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Richard to and from London for an audition at Trinity College of Music before his father returned home from the shipyard. Mother and son stayed mum for many weeks until they got news that Richard had been accepted on a scholarship, when it was too late for Thomas to do anything more than grumble.

Last year Richard called me and said, “My dear, when the time comes, I want you to write my obituary, and I want it to show me as I really was, warts and all.” After a pause, he added, “Well, maybe not all the warts, OK?”

That ambivalence was part of a personality more complex than it appeared at first glance. He seemed, and was, a dapper Brit with highly cultured tastes in music, food, art, and wine. A man of legendary charm (most of the time), Richard was a skilled party host, fundraiser, and raconteur.

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But the posh accents of his countrymen and women from the south of England secretly set his teeth on edge, and he loved to sneak off from the OTSL office for lunch at Miss Hulling’s Cafeteria, often with me in tow, since he knew that I wouldn’t rat him out for his plebeian sensibilities.

In other words, beneath the suave, upper-crust exterior lurked an egalitarian spirit that found room for expression in St. Louis for the first time since his arrival in the United States.

That spirit was evident in the report he submitted to the St. Louis group after his two-day visit, which described a company with an ensemble orientation that performed in English with singers drawn from the burgeoning ranks of young American artists, like those found in the Santa Fe Apprentice Program.

B eneath the suave, upper-crust exterior lurked an egalitarian spirit that found room for expression in St. Louis for the first time since his arrival in the United States.

to the Glyndebourne Festival of Richard’s native England.

The democratic sensibility of St. Louis’ young opera company got a big boost in 1978 with Richard’s inspiration to put a tent on the grounds where refreshments would be sold. The post-show atmosphere was particularly notable, with attendees and VIPs casually mingling with soloists, orchestra musicians, and tech crew members. Richard’s knack for bringing extraordinary artists and colleagues to St. Louis focused national and international attention on the company.

Tickets would be moderately priced, and the overall atmosphere at the Loretto-Hilton would be classy but friendly and welcoming, along the lines of what you’d get if Fred Astaire could be reincarnated as an opera company. The gardens outside also presented the ideal setting for pre-

By 1980, it was clear Richard was indeed all in on Opera Theatre, having left his position in Santa Fe two years earlier. What started as a three-opera, three-week festival now offered four operas over four weeks. That, however, was just the beginning. With the addition of smallscale, one-act operas that toured to

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Richard Gaddes with (L to R) sopranos Pauline Tinsley, Sheri Greenawald, and Ashley Putnam under the tent, 1985.

outside the spring festival season, he and a small staff were soon mounting close to ten productions a year.

Consider 1983, for example.

There were four mainstage productions in May and June: La traviata, Don Giovanni, Hector Berlioz’s Beatrice and Benedict, and a double bill of works by Francis Poulenc and Frederick Delius. In September, OTSL became the first American company to perform at the Edinburgh Festival, with a gala concert, Stephen Paulus’ The Postman Always Rings Twice, Delius’ Fennimore and Gerda, and Henry

Barroom Floor. In its copious free time, OTSL also produced Carlisle Floyd’s Slow Dusk for a tour of area schools and a holiday staging of Die Fledermaus at the American Theater. That’s nine different operas plus a gala concert.

Richard was justifiably proud of the mainstage season successes and the Edinburgh Festival invitation, but he secretly loved the scrappier, informal aspects of the communitybased events. There were public performances of Dominick Argento’s The Boor (in which a horse plays a key off-stage role) inside AnheuserBusch’s Clydesdale stables, and of The

Face on the Barroom Floor in a series of taverns around town.

Top place in his heart went to a celebrated 1982 production of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera in an old wooden barn called The Apple Shed in Clarksville, Missouri. It was decades ahead of its time both as a site-specific production and a community-based project.

With minor modifications the barn was a perfect venue for a piece that satirized grand opera, among many other targets. The beggar of the title had to contend not only with its low-budget staging, which was part of his script, but also with unscripted performance interruptions by freight trains rumbling past outside, which prompted lots of improvisation. A scruffy eight-person “orchestra” was in costume and part of the action throughout, playing from memory.

For ten days before opening night, the entire company lived in and around Clarksville, staying in area homes where the hosts provided

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Richard Gaddes observes a rehearsal of Così fan tutte with stage director Jonathan Miller, 1982. Richard Gaddes on horseback. Photo © Jane Douthitt

breakfast. Lunches and dinners were catered at The Apple Shed by various community groups competing to see who could feed the company most gloriously. Area residents were welcome to stop by and watch rehearsals, and many got drafted to help with costumes and props, including a Mennonite family with a mule team that pulled down some outbuildings to create a parking lot.

breakfast. and dinners by various community groups to see who could the most gloriously. Area residents were welcome to stop by and watch many drafted costumes and props, a Mennonite family with mule team down some parking

The ability to conspire that Richard demonstrated with his mother over the music school audition wasn’t an anomaly. His skills at strategy, secrecy, and skullduggery would have made him a plausible candidate for Survivor ; the athletic feats and bug-eating, not so much. He seemed the sort of person who would (and did) tell anybody almost anything, but in fact he had many different compartments in his life, and none of us felt as though we had gained entrance to all of them.

to conspire that Richard mother over the music school audition wasn’t an anomaly. His skills secrecy, and skullduggery would made him a for athletic feats and so much. He seemed the sort of person who would (and did) tell anybody almost anything, but in fact had many life, of felt as we entrance to all of them.

Richard was also skilled at reading the room (“I have very good antennae,” he would explain from time to time) but there were some occasional misfires. After the last in a series of daily fundraising lunches at a celebrated eatery in the Central West End, he returned to the OTSL office and proclaimed, “I’m so sick of great food I can hardly stand it!”

was also skilled the room (“I have very good antennae,” he explain to time) some After the last in a series of fundraising lunches a celebrated eatery in the West End, he to the OTSL and proclaimed, “I’m of great food stand it!”

Sarah Bernhardt tragic desperation of declamation, but its Three of us just finishing our bologna on white bread sandwiches and looked up in disbelief.

“Well, you’ll miss when gone!” walked back to couldn’t help laugh at what became one his standard useful as an oblique of apology.

Sarah Bernhardt would have envied the tragic desperation of his declamation, but not its timing. Three of us were just finishing our braunschweiger or bologna on white bread sandwiches and looked up at him in disbelief. After a pause he said, “Well, you’ll miss me when I’m gone!” and walked back to his office. We couldn’t help but laugh at what became one of his standard lines, useful as an oblique means of

After stepping down from OTSL following its 10th season in 1985

After stepping down from 10th season 1985

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when Charles MacKay was named OTSL’s next general director, Richard became president of Grand Center, serving in that capacity until 1994. He also started inching his way back to the Santa Fe Opera, becoming a consultant to the apprentice program for singers in 1988, rejoining the company full-time in 1994 to work on its capital campaign to build a new theater, graduating to associate general director in 1995, and

Charles was named OTSL’s next general director, became president of Center, in that capacity until 1994. He also started inching way the Santa Fe Opera, becoming a to apprentice program singers in rejoining company full-time 1994 to work capital campaign build a new theater, graduating to general director in 1995, and

succeeding General Director John Crosby after the 2000 season.

General Director John Crosby the 2000 season.

The national keystone to Richard’s career was in 2008, when the OTSL founder received one of the inaugural Opera Honors Awards from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was in exceptional company — other honorees included composer Carlisle Floyd and soprano Leontyne Price.

The national keystone to career in 2008, OTSL one of inaugural Opera Honors the Endowment for the He — other composer Leontyne Price.

When Richard asked me to write his obituary, neither of us knew it would be needed so soon. Those who knew him well at least take some solace in the prestissimo pace of his departure — he would have been the worst lingerer in the history of health care.

asked me to write neither of knew it would who least take some solace in pace of his departure — he would have been the worst lingerer the history of

Meanwhile, I have to say he was right. Richard, we do miss you now that you’re gone.

Meanwhile, I have to say he was right. you you’re

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family estate plan. The plans are often made quietly, driven by a desire to give future generations the experiences that bring joy to our lives.

Rex and Phyllis Brown made this choice by expressing a desire to their daughter that Opera Theatre of Saint Louis eventually be the beneficiary of the family’s estate. Phyllis died in 2016 and Rex died in 2018. Opera Theatre first learned of this bequest in 2021 from Rex and Phyllis’ daughter, Susan, and the $1.1 million gift arrived across 2022 and 2023. Their generosity and firm belief in the company’s future was especially meaningful as we returned to live performances for the first time following the pandemic.

Rex and Phyllis were enthusiastic supporters of Opera Theatre from the company’s earliest days. They were Thursday night subscribers and would often picnic in the gardens before performances. The warmth and magic of the pre-show gardens is a famed part of the Opera Theatre

Phyllis also volunteered her time as an Opera Theatre docent. The docents are a volunteer group that travel throughout the St. Louis community to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about opera. In this role, Phyllis worked side-by-side with teachers to bring opera into school classrooms. Retired Washington Montessori teacher and current co-chair of the Docents, Rose Nester, remembers Phyllis as a sweet person, a tireless worker, and a friend who was always welcome in her classroom.

In recognition of the Brown family’s extraordinary generosity to Opera Theatre, the docent program that Phyllis loved will be named in their memory going forward as the Rex & Phyllis Brown Docent Program.

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is deeply grateful to the Brown family and to all who support the company’s work in many ways.

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David Wolfe*♦

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Andrew Morstein*

FIGARO

Justin Austin + ROSINA

Hongni Wu*

DR. BARTOLO

Nathan Stark

DON BASILIO

Patrick Carfizzi

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Chase Sanders*♦

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Jared Werlein*♦

SYNOPSIS

* Opera Theatre main season debut

♦ Gerdine Young Artist

○ Former Gerdine Young Artist

+ Former Gaddes Festival Artist

Meanwhile, Rosina has heard Lindoro’s love songs and wants to send him a letter. Bartolo tells Don Basilio, Rosina’s music teacher, that he plans to marry Rosina so he can take possession of her dowry. Don Basilio informs Bartolo that Count Almaviva is Rosina’s unknown lover, and vows to spread ugly rumors about the Count to have him thrown out of the town. Overhearing this, Figaro tells Rosina of Bartolo’s plan to marry her. Rosina scoffs at the idea and gives Figaro her note for Lindoro. Bartolo realizes that Rosina has been corresponding with someone; when she refuses to confess, he locks her in her chamber.

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When Almaviva returns, he is disguised as a music teacher, Don Alonso. He tells Bartolo that Basilio is sick. To gain the doctor’s trust, Almaviva produces a love letter from Rosina, “obtained by accident,” and explains how it could be used to discredit Rosina’s secret lover. Impressed with this scheme, Bartolo allows Alonso to give Rosina a music lesson. Basilio appears, in perfect health,

planned to elope with Lindoro that very evening and agrees to marry Bartolo out of spite.

Later, when the Count and Figaro arrive, Rosina angrily confronts them before learning, to her amazement, that her earnest suitor Lindoro is the Count himself. As they prepare to escape, they find that the ladder has been removed. Amidst the confusion, Basilio arrives with a notary; encouraged by a bribe from the Count, he is pressed into witnessing the marriage of Rosina and the Count. Bartolo arrives but it is too late — young love has won the day.

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de Beaumarchais (17321799) was, what we might call today, a Renaissance man. In addition to being a playwright, he was also a watchmaker, publisher, revolutionary, and musician.

Beaumarchais wrote several plays but is most famous for his Figaro trio: Le Barbier de Séville (The Barber of Seville), Le Mariage de Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), and La Mère coupable (The Guilty Mother).

Produced in 1775, 1781, and 1792, respectively, all three plays feature the characters Figaro and Count Almaviva. They represent the changing social mores before, during, and after the French Revolution.

Several composers turned

Beaumarchais’ plays into operas, with varying degrees of success. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote The Marriage of Figaro 30 years before Rossini’s The Barber of Seville made its premiere. Italian composer Giovanni Paisiello’s Le Barbier de Séville premiered in 1782, and La Mère coupable by French composer Darius Milhaud premiered in 1966.

a note from THE DIRECTOR

Iwas elated when James Robinson asked me to come to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and create a new The Barber of Seville. But I was also a little bit intimidated — the opera is notoriously difficult to stage.

The Barber of Seville tells the story of two young lovers and an elder who tries, unsuccessfully, to stand between them. It’s a familiar trope on the stage, perhaps because it’s familiar in real life. My own grandparents were forbidden to marry by their guardians, but they didn’t let that stand in their way. In 1943, they traveled here to St. Louis to elope at the Chase Park Plaza.

But the opera is more than a love story — the title is, after all, The Barber of Seville! The Count’s friendship with Figaro is at least as important as his romance with Rosina. In my earliest conversations with Kelley Rourke (who wrote our English translation) and other members of the creative team, I wanted to make sure Figaro remained at the center of the plot.

We decided to set the piece in 1930s Spain, just before the Spanish Civil War that led into the Second World War. At that time, the country was teeming with artists who were challenging the status quo, just as Beaumarchais’ Figaro — a character who had a lot in common with his creator — challenged norms in the original Figaro trilogy. Figaro is a creative fellow, a jack-of-all-trades, and we decided to lean into the idea of Figaro as “Artist.”

Inspired by Spanish artists like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró, our Figaro is an artist performing a difficult balancing act: entertaining the masses without alienating the nobility. The Spanish surrealists were living and working in a world that was, on the surface, very different from that of Beaumarchais, yet their aims were largely the same: to fight against oppressive structures and clear the way for love and truth.

What I love about Figaro is that he makes magic out of everyday items and quick thinking. There is so much audacity and optimism — just like the audacity and optimism that inspired my grandparents to defy their families and run off to St. Louis all those years ago.

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a note from THE CONDUCTOR

Iconsider The Barber of Seville one of those incredible works of art that — even after centuries of performances — never lose their brilliancy and freshness: from beginning to end, this opera is a miracle of musical energy and it’s not surprising that some of its most memorable pieces have acquired an iconic status even in the broader popular culture.

One example of this is the sinfonia that opens The Barber of Seville. As a young kid, years before I experienced the full opera, I was already familiar with its overture, which I heard many times in different contexts: concerts, TV, radio, and even (memorably) sung by my uncle, complete with his own nonsensical lyrics! Its main themes are so memorable and its rhythmical activity so forwarddriving that when combined with Rossini’s ability to create incredible momentum through a wellcalibrated intensification of energy using crescendo and accelerando, no one can escape the sheer vitality and enthusiasm of this music!

“Largo al Factotum,” the title role’s cavatina, is also one of this opera’s greatest hits and rightly so; its music immediately communicates Figaro’s irresistible energy, joie de vivre, resourcefulness, and humor.

Rossini’s ability to create comedy through music is astonishing to me.

Don Basilio’s aria “La calunnia” is a brilliant example of how Rossini uses his irresistible crescendo technique

to build up comic excitement of hilarious and exaggerated proportions, which perfectly matches the character’s excessive and hyperbolic narrations. The quick sections of Don Bartolo’s aria “Signorina un’altra volta” require the baritone to sing a ridiculous number of syllables at neck-breaking speed; the point here, though, isn’t to showcase the singer’s virtuosic skills, but to create music that vividly and immediately conveys Don Bartolo’s hysteric frenzy and loss of selfcontrol. And at the very end of the Act I finale, it is Rossini’s ingenious music, with its relentless rhythmical energy and growing momentum, which brings to the forefront the ridiculous comedy of this scene by highlighting the characters’ sense of disbelief and turmoil.

But The Barber of Seville is not just lightness and comedy — you can also find moments of sincere tenderness and melodic introspection that betray the influence of Romanticism, such as Count Almaviva’s opening cavatina or his serenade in Act I. Most notably, the storm music in Act II, with its violent and impassioned character, is not meant to depict the weather in Seville that night, but rather the stormy feelings of Rosina, who in that moment believes she has been betrayed by her lover. It is a powerful parallelism between human emotions and natural events, typical for the Romantic age, but one that you probably would not expect to find in a comedy like this one.

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THE CAST

(in order of vocal appearance)

MARCELLO

Thomas Glass

RODOLFO

Moisés Salazar*○

COLLINE

André Courville*

SCHAUNARD

Titus Muzi III ■○

BENOIT/ALCINDORO

Robert Mellon +○

MIMÌ

Katerina Burton○

A STROLLING VENDOR

Benjamin Ruiz*♦

PARPIGNOL

Levi Adkins*♦

MUSETTA

Brittany Renee*

CUSTOMS OFFICER

Jared Werlein*♦

SERGEANT

Justin Ramm-Damron*♦

* Opera Theatre main season debut

♦ Gerdine Young Artist

■ Richard Gaddes Festival Artist

○ Former Gerdine Young Artist

+ Former Gaddes Festival Artist

SYNOPSIS

Another knock at their door reveals his beautiful neighbor, Mimì, whose candle has gone out in the stairwell. Rodolfo welcomes her in and is instantly smitten. Mimì has a brief fainting spell and, as she recovers, realizes she has dropped her key. Rodolfo helps her to look, but when he finds it, he hides the key as an excuse to spend more time with Mimì. He invites her to join his friends for dinner, and she accepts.

Sean Michael Plumb as Schaunard, Bradley Smoak as Colline, Lauren Michelle as Musetta, Anthony Clark Evans as Marcello, Andrew Haji as Rodolfo, and Hae Ji Chang as Mimì in La bohème, 2016. Photo © Ken Howard
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ACT III

On a cold February morning, Mimì seeks Marcello’s advice. She tells him that her relationship with Rodolfo is deteriorating because of his jealousy, but that they love each other too much to break up. Marcello notices with concern that Mimì seems ill. They see Rodolfo coming, and Mimì hides while Marcello reprimands Rodolfo for his behavior. Rodolfo confesses that he loves Mimì more than

Back in their garret, Marcello and Rodolfo are heartbroken — both Musetta and Mimì are in new relationships with wealthier men. Schaunard and Colline enter with a meager supper and the artists attempt to make light of their situation. Musetta bursts in and tells the men that Mimì has collapsed in the stairwell. Rodolfo helps her to bed, and the group sends for a doctor. Mimì confesses that she has never stopped loving Rodolfo, and the pair shares one last passionate embrace.

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A NOTE FROM

KATERINA BURTON

When I came to OTSL as a Gerdine Young Artist in 2019, I could have only dreamed that it would lead to a role debut I’ve dreamed of for years. I first saw La bohème in 2014 at Washington National Opera with Corinne Winters (another former GYA) as Mimì, and I fell in love with the opera.

I think many of us return to this work because we see ourselves in these characters. They’re all struggling with the harsh realities of life in their own way, and yet they still choose art, friendship, and above all else, love.

Like Mimì, I’ve always been a dreamer; my first summer at OTSL I sang a sweeping Puccini duet for Center Stage I knew in my heart that it was all I ever wanted to do. Returning to St. Louis to share this debut with everyone at my first artistic home is nothing short of a dream come true!

a note from THE DIRECTOR

Being in love can be the most fantastic sensation you’ve ever felt. Especially in the early days of a romance, it can lift everyday moments and make them seem like they are accompanied by a symphony orchestra. With a perfectly timed soundtrack following every action you and your beloved take, it seems like nothing could ever tear you apart. Sadness, pain, and even death cease to exist. This is what Mimì and Rodolfo experience in Act I and II of Puccini’s La bohème The feeling of being swept away changes as the piece moves on — it becomes larger than Mimì and Rodolfo and will soon engulf them.

Our La bohème takes place in the early 1950s. Everything about Paris in that time becomes even more vibrant, electric, and theatrical when Mimì, Rodolfo, and their friends visit streets of the Latin Quarter of Paris on Christmas Eve. But as the story progresses, the vibrancy and color are slowly removed. The heightened theatricality that carried the characters becomes more pedestrian. The characters' lives now experience pain and tragedy.

This setting epitomizes both the abstraction and the expressionism of art and the artist’s life at that time. Art is new, literature is new, and we highlight these sweeping changes in the bohemian world where our artists find themselves.

Setting the opera in this early period of post-war art takes us out of the social realism of the 30s and 40s and into a new realm. This setting epitomizes both the abstraction and

the expressionism of art and the artist’s life at that time. Art is new, literature is new, and we highlight these sweeping changes in the bohemian world where our artists find themselves.

Michael Shell Photo © Kelly Lenza

a note from THE CONDUCTOR

Puccini´s La bohème constitutes an important pillar of any opera conductor’s repertoire, and to have the chance to conduct this piece many times is not only a joy but an incredible experience all together. Puccini’s score is one of complexity and perfection that is difficult to match. The fresh straightforwardness of the musical text in conjunction with the poetry of the words hits directly in the listener’s heart and soul, performance after performance.

La bohème was one of the first works I approached in my opera career, and each time I’ve conducted it, I’ve discovered the enduring greatness of a story that is timeless and universal. The sweetness of youth’s innocence speaks through the joyful melodies and playful passages in the first act. These elements convey unstoppable joie de vivre embraced by the four friends — Rodolfo, Marcello, Colline, and Schaunard — as depicted in the opera’s opening motif. In addition, we hear Puccini’s genius through the soft sound of muted strings and a faint knock on the door, signaling the pivotal moment that alters Rodolfo’s life and destiny. By the end of the act, Rodolfo takes flight alongside the angelic and ethereal Mimì, their harmonious duet becoming one of the most beautiful moments in the entire operatic repertoire.

In this magnificent opera, Puccini offers the conductor and orchestra not only a chance to support the singers through near-impressionistic language, but to also be a clear protagonist of the entire drama,

inflicting the actions with colors, textures, and atmospheres that makes one wonder if the music and text are, in fact, a single entity rather than two separate elements.

I personally would like to emphasize in our La bohème the nuances of the very specific dynamics and articulations that maestro Puccini intended in the score, thereby delivering as literally as possible all the detailed shapes that affect the soloists, the chorus, and the full orchestra.

It is a great honor and responsibility to perform this masterwork at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and to collaborate with director Michael Shell to bring every emotion of this work to the audience.

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MURGER'S

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Julius CAESAR

OPERA IN TWO ACTS

Music by George Frideric Handel

Libretto by Nicola Francesco Haym , adapted from Giulio Cesare in Egitto by Giacomo Francesco Bussani

English translation by Brian Trowell with revisions by James Robinson

Julius Caesar was first performed at the King’s Theatre, London , on February 20, 1724

creative team

Daniela Candillari Conductor

Elkhanah Pulitzer

Stage Director

Allen Moyer

Set Designer

Constance Hoffman

Costume Designer

Eric Southern

Lighting Designer

Seán Curran

Choreographer

Krystal Balleza

Will Vicari

Wig & Makeup Designers

Andrew Whitfield

Chorus Master

Erie Mills

English Diction Specialist

Darwin Aquino

Assistant & Cover Conductor

Emily Hamper*

Repetiteur

Michelle Cuizon

Assistant Stage Director

Cindy Knight

Stage Manager

Valerie J. Clatworthy

Assistant Stage Manager

Rickelle R. Williams

Assistant Stage Manager

Chris Moeggenberg

Intern Assistant Stage Managers

performance will last approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, including one 25-minute

*Opera Theatre main season debut
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intermission. Major production support comes from Roy Pfautch . Julius Caesar is also underwritten by Roma B. Wittcoff Opera Theatre dedicates this production to Leigh & Alice Gerdine, whose support and commitment helped guide the company’s growth and success. Daniela Candillari’s engagement is made possible with generous support from
Kim & Tim Eberlein .

THE CAST

(in order of vocal appearance)

JULIUS CAESAR

Sarah Mesko

CORNELIA

Meridian Prall +○

SEXTUS

Megan Moore

ACHILLAS

Cory McGee*

CLEOPATRA

Emily Pogorelc*

NIRENA

Madeleine Lyon*♦

PTOLEMY

Key’mon W. Murrah*

CURIO

John Godhard Mburu*♦

SYNOPSIS

ACT ONE

Julius Caesar has just defeated his rival Pompey prior to arriving in Alexandria, where Cleopatra and her younger brother Ptolemy are currently vying for the throne of Egypt. Pompey had appealed to Ptolemy for arms and refuge, but Ptolemy betrayed him to gain Caesar’s favor. As the opera begins, Cornelia and Sextus, the wife and young son of Pompey, come to Caesar and the Roman general Curio to beg for peace. The entire group is horrified when Achillas, Ptolemy’s general, reveals Pompey’s severed head as a gift for Caesar. Caesar condemns Ptolemy’s barbarous act, and Sextus and Cornelia vow to seek vengeance.

When she hears of her brother’s actions, Cleopatra resolves to win Caesar’s favor for herself. Meanwhile, Achillas informs Ptolemy of Caesar’s anger and disgust. The two make a deal: if Achillas murders Caesar, Ptolemy will reward him with Cornelia’s hand in marriage.

* Opera Theatre main season debut

♦ Gerdine Young Artist

○ Former Gerdine Young Artist

+ Former Gaddes Festival Artist

Cleopatra meets Caesar in his camp, disguised as a servant girl named Lydia. Caesar is enchanted by her beauty. Later, “Lydia” overhears Cornelia and Sextus discussing their plans for revenge and promises them Cleopatra’s support with the help of Nirena, Cleopatra’s aide.

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Caesar meets Ptolemy and the two exchange tense niceties. Ptolemy invites Caesar to stay in his palace, and Caesar warily accepts. After Caesar departs, Sextus and Cornelia encounter Ptolemy, and Sextus challenges him to a duel. Instead, Ptolemy imprisons Sextus and sends Cornelia to work in his harem. Achillas promises to free both mother and son if Cornelia agrees to marry him. When Cornelia refuses, Achillas sends Sextus to prison.

Later that evening, Cleopatra invites Caesar to her palace for entertainment. Caesar arrives to see “Lydia” perform and falls even more helplessly in love with her.

ACT TWO

Despite her hardships, Cornelia holds firm in her refusal to marry Achillas. Her situation grows even more dire when she is accosted by Ptolemy, who also desires her. Soon after, Sextus, who has escaped from prison with the help of Nirena, finds his mother and promises they will escape after he kills Ptolemy.

Meanwhile in Cleopatra’s apartments, Caesar proclaims his love for Lydia. Curio interrupts them to tell Caesar that Achillas’ assassins are searching for him. In her distress,

Cleopatra reveals her true identity to Caesar and vows to defend him. When Achillas’ men breach her palace, Cleopatra advises Caesar to flee, but he runs toward the fight. Distraught, Cleopatra prays for her beloved’s safety.

In the ensuing battle, Ptolemy mortally wounds Achillas. Ptolemy’s troops defeat Cleopatra’s forces, and he takes her prisoner. Rumors are swirling that Julius Caesar is dead after leaping from a balcony into the ocean to escape his would-be assassins...but unbeknownst to all, Caesar has survived after swimming to shore. Sextus and Nirena find Achillas dying on the beach, holding a seal that allows the bearer to command his troops. Sextus offers the seal to Caesar and they all set out to rescue Cornelia and Cleopatra. When Caesar bursts into her chambers, Cleopatra is overjoyed to see him alive and well.

Ptolemy still believes he has won the day. He attempts to seduce Cornelia again; she draws a dagger to avenge her dead husband. In that same moment, Sextus arrives and kills Ptolemy. Cleopatra is triumphant — as she is crowned Queen of Egypt, she declares her alliance with the Roman Empire and her love for Julius Caesar.

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Left: bust of Cleopatra in the Altes Museum in Berlin. Right: copy of an ancient bust of Julius Caesar.

a note from THE DIRECTOR

What a joy it is to return to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and what a thrill to share this new production of Julius Caesar. Ever since James Robinson and Andrew Jorgensen invited me to bring my years of research and understanding of the lives of these irresistible lovers to focus on Handel’s version, Maestro Candillari and I have marveled at the breadth and richness of this work. Together we wrestle with it, mine it for gems, and work to streamline it to allow us all time to share in reflecting on the work. For me and many others, discourse in the Opera Theatre tents after the last note is a rich part of those reflections.

Daniela and I have spent months getting to know the full opera intimately, listening to various versions with differing scene cuts. Our own conclusions about what feels crucial are very similar to those who have approached this work in the past. We know we want to preserve the beauty and arc of the characters and remain faithful to their journeys of discovery. We also want a story that feels inevitable and well-paced, that moves forward with momentum while giving space for the vastness of Handel’s emotional expressivity. We want to avoid some of the late-breaking twists and turns near the end and give priority to the leading lovers above all others. Paramount to us both is the need to give Cleopatra the full range of expression for her “infinite variety” while also affirming her liberation

the courage to overthrow tyranny, as well as the deep valleys of loss and healing we all experience, make it universal. We need leaders like Handel’s interpretations of Caesar and Cleopatra, characters who contemplate their own mortality with humility and grace, surrender to vulnerability in love, exhibit sobriety and courage, and ultimately fight for justice in the face of monstrous

stories that make space for rulers and the world outside.

Did you know?

Elkhanah Pultizer first came to OTSL in 1995, as Assistant Stage Director for Offenbach’s La belle Hélène. Her first production as Stage Director was in 2003 with Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio.

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a note from THE CONDUCTOR

When Andrew Jorgensen and James Robinson first asked me which opera I wanted to conduct in the 2024 Festival Season, my immediate answer was Julius Caesar long been fascinated with the level of intimacy that Baroque operas offer. Although some criticize its most common aria form, as nothing more than a vehicle for display of vocal abilities, I find that it’s precisely this strict structure that allows for improvisation and personalization of the characters.

When Julius Caesar London in 1724, it was an instant success. During Handel’s life, the opera was produced three more times. Each time the opera was revived, Handel was open to making small changes and adjustments. Sometimes those changes were purely practical...for example, accommodating singers’ schedules or changing the male role of Nirenus to a female role named Nirena. Learning about how flexible (in certain instances) Handel was with his music was a wonderful guide in exploring what our production could become.

The flexibility of interpretation can also be heard in different stylistic choices. Minimal interpretations can be quite traditional in their shape of recitatives, sometimes played only by a harpsichord and theorbo, while extremely lavish, ornamental ones have the potential of sounding romantic and almost impressionistic. While preparing the opera, I found

invaluable guidance and inspiration in the work of the late conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, who I had the chance of hearing often when I was a student in Austria, as well as more recent performances led by Jane Glover and Harry Bicket. Harnoncourt’s reading of the score, though played by a baroque orchestra, was especially illuminating in finding different orchestral colors that could be used to express various dramatic layers and offer a variety of textures. When dealing with a translation, one also needs to marry the articulation of the music to the speech rhetoric. That aspect alone can stimulate a change in how we hear a piece of music!

From the beginning of our conversations about the piece and

what we wanted to convey with the story, Elkhanah Pulitzer and I were focused on keeping the musical and dramatic momentum moving ahead. We wanted to give each of the characters a chance to show the different layers of their emotions and circumstances, making them feel like real people that we could encounter today, instead of historic figures that we only see from a distance.

Did you know?

In addition to conducting Julius Caesar, Daniela Candillari will also be playing the harpsichord. She’ll be conducting directly from the keyboard, which is not uncommon for Baroque-era compositions.

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GALILEO Galilei

Kwamé Ryan*

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James Robinson

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Allen Moyer

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THE CAST

(in order of vocal appearance)

OLDER GALILEO GALILEI/SPEAKER

Paul Groves

CARDINAL 2/SERVANT/ORACLE 2

Robert Mellon+○

CARDINAL 3

Jared Werlein*♦

POPE URBAN VIII/SIMPLICIO/CARDINAL BARBERINI/FATHER

Hunter Enoch

CARDINAL 1/ORACLE 1/OTHER

Elijah English*♦

OTHERS

Luke Elmer*♦

Emilio Vasquez*♦

David Wolfe*♦

MARIA CELESTE/EOS

Vanessa Becerra

SCRIBE

Gabriela Linares♦

SALVIATI/YOUNGER GALILEO GALILEI

Sean Michael Plumb

SAGREDO

Jennifer Kreider*♦

PRIEST

Brad Bickhardt*♦

MARIE DE MEDICI

Lucy Evans*♦

MARIA MADDALENA

Michelle Mariposa*♦

DUCHESS CHRISTINA

Kathleen O’Mara*■○

* Opera Theatre main season debut

♦ Gerdine Young Artist

■ Richard Gaddes Festival Artist

○ Former Gerdine Young Artist

+ Former Gaddes Festival Artist

SYNOPSIS

recants his revolutionary theories. Nevertheless, he is sentenced to home imprisonment for the rest of his life. During the trial, Galileo and the Pope reminisce about their conversations when the Pope was still a Cardinal and Galileo’s daughter was still alive.

A month prior to the trial in Rome, Galileo’s illegitimate daughter, Maria Celeste, who has been confined to a convent for a decade, reads a letter to her father in a tranquil garden. Along with the letter, she sends him handmade treats, baked pears, and a rose. She urges her father to maintain his faith and his belief in his work.

Galileo Galilei at his trial, 1633. Illustration © Wellcome Library, London
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recalls conducting experiments in his laboratory and testing his theories of mechanics, all of which challenged conventional notions of the acceleration and motion of falling objects.

telescope. The Grand Duchess Christina is deeply impressed. Vincenzo Galilei, a member of the Florentine Camerata.

In one final reflection on his life, a boyish Galileo and the young Duchess watch an opera by Vincenzo. Old Galileo can see once again; past and present are bridged as the opera within an opera concludes.

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a note from THE DIRECTOR

Galileo Galilei was, in fact, not originally planned to be a part of this Festival Season. When another new work we had planned to premiere in 2024 revealed itself to be not quite ready for prime time, we were required to do something Opera Theatre has had to do occasionally: pivot. There are many criteria taken into consideration when something like this happens, including the scale of an opera, the forces required, the orchestration, and so on. Ultimately, it’s important to find an opera that balances out the rest of the season.

As I was looking at several titles, all recently composed operas, I was reminded of a piece that fascinated me: Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei. Originally commissioned and first performed by Chicago’s Goodman Theatre some 20 years ago, Galileo Galilei makes very infrequent appearances in American opera houses compared with the composer’s other operas. The success of Glass’ The Trial, which OTSL presented in its American premiere in 2017, was a guiding star, so it made perfect sense to mount a new production of Galileo Galilei

has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”

the creation of the first operas in the final years of the Renaissance.

There is something increasingly relevant and resonant about Galileo the man, and how he faced charges of heresy for reconciling the study of science with the dogma of the Church. A devout Catholic, Galileo explained that faith and science could co-exist and benefit one another. Perhaps his most famous quote is the most revealing: “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who

Galileo Galilei takes us on the journey of the older Galileo reflecting on his life. It focuses not just on the accusations and trials he endured with the Pope and the Church but also the tender relationship he had with his illegitimate daughter, who was shuttered away in a convent. In fact, much of the opera’s libretto is drawn from letters between father and daughter in addition to other historical documents that explore Galileo’s work as inventor, astronomer, and astrologist. There is also something inherently “operatic” about the life of Galileo: his father was a founding member of the Florentine Camerata, responsible for

My creative team and I draw much inspiration from the various aspects of Galileo’s life. The theater and spectacle of the Church also played a major factor in guiding our visual and dramatic choices, along with the gorgeous Fellini film Roma. As mentioned before, it’s remarkable to consider just how resonant Galileo’s personal and professional struggles are today, and we hope to shine a light on how strangely the present resembles the past.

Did you know?

OTSL is only the fourth opera company to stage this work!

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a note from THE CONDUCTOR

Even as a teenage student, my interest in science and technology was almost equal to that in music. So, when I was recently offered the opportunity to work with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis on Galileo Galilei, an opera about a scientist, with a score incorporating elements of music technology, I didn’t hesitate to jump onboard!

Apart from my curiosity regarding Philip Glass’ use of samples and synthesizers, which are a hobby of mine and have experienced a quantum leap in their development since this work’s premiere in 2002, I was excited to explore the connections between the planetary orbits within Galileo’s posited solar system and the motion of Glass’ instrumental lines within the strong gravity of his rhythmic and harmonic systems. I also enjoyed the libretto’s poetic allusions to Eos, the Goddess of Dawn, aptly underscored by musical lines emulating the mysterious nature of light; wavelike in shape, but particulate in the stacking of their arpeggiated notes.

However, once I started looking beyond these evocative but superficial resonances, something else jumped out at me that has made my time with this elegant work even more intriguing. Glass’ 11-piece ensemble — a model of creative constraint — while often embodying the dispassionate order of the cosmos, in some scenes delivers a strikingly earth-bound and expressive range of motifs.

While this more human affect is unsurprising where the narrative depicts the ideological discussions of Galileo’s contemporaries — the intellectual exchanges with his colleagues or his navigation of the inquisition, for example — in the final scene, we hear Glass adding a warm, lighthearted humor that is unique within the musical language of the work. This final scene is an opera within the opera, which depicts the imagined music of Galileo’s composer-father, tells the story of Orion and Eos, and completes the telescoped narrative of Galileo’s life (we open the opera towards the end of his life, and end with his childhood).

I wonder whether in this final mix of myth and mirth, we might interpret

an authorial world view that contrasts the perspectives which give rise to some of the unfortunate events of the narrative. Is it that in the midst of our never-ending search to understand the nature of the universe and our place in it, an awareness of “the lightness of being” is proposed? And might that “lightness,” far from the short-sighted belief systems that arrest the imaginations of some of the opera’s characters, be a sense of freedom that arises alongside an understanding that the universe may well lack inherent meaning; that it cannot be understood and certainly neither orbits the earth, nor indeed, its inhabitants?

I hope you enjoy your experience of Galileo Galilei and invite you to judge for yourself!

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is supported by a gift honoring the memory of Sally S. Levy from The Saucy Foundation

Additional support comes from Mary Susman & Tom Herm , Gene Kornblum , and Allison W. Roberts .

Patricia Racette’s engagement is made possible with generous support from Tim & Robin Wentworth

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Sof Saint Louis has built a reputation for identifying, nurturing, and promoting the operatic world’s most promising early-career singers. The company’s celebrated young artist programs include the Gerdine Young Artist Program and the Richard Gaddes Festival Artist Program, which cultivate the next generation of promising opera talent through invaluable professional experience. Led by Artistic Director of Young Artist Programs Patricia Racette, these two programs span nine weeks during the Festival Season and offer artists extensive vocal coaching, master classes with renowned opera artists, and onstage experience in both the ensemble and featured supporting roles.

In 2015, Opera Theatre introduced the first Center Stage concert to celebrate its young artists. This one-night-only event is where opera lovers, artist managers, and opera administrators look to discover the next rising stars. This electrifying performance features duets, trios, and ensemble pieces from opera’s cherished classics and rare gems, sung in their original language and accompanied onstage by the Grammy Award-winning St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Opera Theatre’s young artist programs. This year, only 30 were selected for the Gerdine Young Artist Program, and just two were offered a spot in our Richard Gaddes Festival Artist Program, an honor reserved for exceptionally remarkable young singers. In addition, two young artist staff members were selected, for the positions of apprentice assistant director and apprentice pianist. Seven principal artists in the 2024 Festival Season began their careers in OTSL’s young artist programs.

Many OTSL alumni go on to perform on the world’s most renowned stages, from the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden to the Metropolitan Opera, and include names such as Jamie Barton, Christine Brewer, Lawrence Brownlee, Christine Goerke, Kate Lindsey, Erin Morley, Paula Murrihy, Matthew Polenzani, Morris Robinson, Michael Spyres, Russell Thomas, Corinne Winters, and many more.

Opera Theatre’s steadfast commitment to promising young singers has played an important part in the company’s remarkable success. It’s a joy to welcome and support these talented singers. We can’t imagine a season without them!

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elcome to Center Stage! As Artistic Director of Young Artist Programs, I am so excited for you to witness the talent of our singers this year in what invariably represents a beloved highlight of the season! This evening encapsulates the kind of work I believe is vital to a young artist program: “boots on stage,” which has become my favorite catchphrase. There is nothing more instructive than the “doing of” the art form and integrating all the elements necessary to forge a professional artist.

To that end, I think OTSL’s young artist programs face the work headon during our nine-week adventure! That adventure includes many responsibilities and opportunities, from covering leading roles and performing supporting roles to participating in one of the finest choruses you will hear anywhere. We have also implemented staged cover runs for each mainstage production, where our young artists have the chance to perform an entire role in front of an audience of our administration, donors, and their peers. Beyond that, we facilitate a catered curriculum focusing on musical style, interpretive investment through selfexamination, linguistic nuance, stage deportment, and repertoire exploration.

Additionally, our curriculum addresses timely issues about how to build a sustainable life and career in this art form. Many of our artists are bridging the gap between academia and a professional career, and that can be challenging. It is this day-to-day work that drives me to help this next

WELCOMING BACK PAST YOUNG

ARTIST ALUMNI

Not only does OTSL hire dozens of young artists each season, we also invite alumni to return in principal roles! Below are the former young artists performing in our 2024 Festival Season.

generation of singers emerge with confidence and a sense of their own artistic voice. I want to help these artists put their own interpretive stamp on their work — from audition arias to cover assignments to mainstage casting assignments. Our young artists have access not only to me and the rest of our talented music staff, but also the guest artists and other professionals from the industry who join us throughout the season.

While Center Stage is a single performance, it is the work of many months of planning and preparation. I want to thank my artistic colleagues: Principal Conductor Daniela Candillari and Director of Artistic Administration Yvette Loynaz. Together, we have programmed a wide variety of repertory, incorporating not only beloved standard operatic excerpts but also pieces spanning contemporary opera, musical theater, zarzuela, and operetta — and all of it accompanied by the incredible St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Please join me in celebrating this evening’s performance!

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ADVANCING THE NEXT GENERATION

INCUBATING EXCELLENCE ACROSS ALL SECTORS OF OPERA

One of the most crucial components of Opera Theatre’s mission is “to foster the next generation by empowering a diverse group of artists, artisans, and administrators at the highest level.” Every year, OTSL advances that work through a robust slate of initiatives, thanks to the generous support of many individuals and organizations. The Gerdine Young Artist Program, Richard Gaddes Festival Artist Program, the Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Young Artist Education & Development Programs, along with several other initiatives, are industry leaders in the development of young opera professionals. Alumni of these programs can be found onstage, backstage, and in the administrations

JOHN D. & SALLY S. LEVY MASTER CLASSES

Inaugurated by the legendary Eleanor Steber and named for two of OTSL’s great benefactors, these extraordinary master classes give members of the company’s young artist programs the opportunity to learn from leaders in the field through focused, intense sessions. This season, three such master classes are open to the public: soprano Patricia Racette on June 2, tenor Paul Groves on June 14, and soprano Ana María Martínez on June 28. John D. & Sally S. Levy Master Classes are funded in part by the John D. & Sally S. Levy Master Class Endowment Fund and presented in memory John D. & Sally S. Levy, founding board members of Opera Theatre. For more information about attending Levy Master Classes, see page 15.

CLAYCO FUTURE LEADERS FELLOWSHIP

Launched in 2021, the Clayco Future Leaders Fellowship supports and cultivates future BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) arts leaders and administrators by providing in-depth experiences that advance the skills, knowledge, and capabilities that make these careers possible. Fellows serve in a full-time position specializing in one area (Administration, Marketing, or Production) while also participating in a variety of networking, mentorship, and professional development, and experiences. Through this fellowship, Opera Theatre seeks to develop successful arts administrators who will add to the vibrant future of opera. This program is possible thanks to a generous commitment from Clayco and Bob & Jane Clark

THE ADMINISTRATIVE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

OTSL is committed to the advancement of the next generation of arts management professionals. Interns are integral members of the company’s seasonal staff and may also work on special projects during the off-season. Members of the administrative, artistic, and music staffs lead seminars for the interns, who may also attend rehearsals, lectures, and special events. Many interns have gone on to full-time positions both at Opera Theatre and other arts organizations. The Administrative Internship Program is made possible with generous support from Penny Pennington & Michael Fidler. Professional development programs are also supported by the Charles MacKay Career Development Fund , the Dixie Long Memorial Fund , and gifts made in memory of Mrs. John Sausele.

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EMERSON BEHIND THE CURTAIN 

The Emerson Behind the Curtain Program provides young backstage staff with advanced instruction in technical theater production, construction, design, and logistics by leaders in their fields. Special scholarships for outstanding college-level assistants in this program are supported by Emerson , gifts from Rabbi Dr. Jay & Erika Goldburg , and a fund established in memory of Catherine Vail Levy. Distinguished young designers of OTSL productions are supported by the Alvin R. Frank Memorial Fund

For more information about Emerson Behind the Curtain, see page 81.

LARRY & JINNY BROWNING FUND FOR TECHNICAL FELLOWSHIPS

Made possible with a transformative endowment gift from the family of Opera Theatre’s late Board Chairman, Larry Browning , the Larry & Jinny Browning Fund for Technical Fellowships offers advanced training for young artisans pursuing careers in technical theater production. Browning Fellowships are offered to young technicians who are returning after at least one season with the company, progressing through the ranks backstage just as Gerdine Young Artists do onstage. Browning Fellows attend advanced seminars taught by visiting designers, directors, and OTSL professional staff. A $5,000 career grant is awarded to one Fellow each season in recognition and support of extraordinary potential to advance the field of technical theater.

BAYER FUND ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING GRADUATE STUDY AWARDS

AIT program graduates who are currently pursuing advanced vocal training are eligible to receive scholarship awards for their continuing studies. These scholarships are supported by Bayer Fund , Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Guerrerio/Wedgewood Partners, Inc. , and funds named for composer Scott Joplin and noted St. Louis music educator Kenneth Billups .

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS

Mabel Purkerson presenting the 2023

Mabel Purkerson presenting the 2023

Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Prize to former Gaddes Festival Artist Justin Austin.

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Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Prize to former Gaddes Festival Artist Justin Austin. Photo © Camryn Moore

In addition to the extensive training programs offered during the festival season, Opera Theatre is pleased to provide career grants to exceptional singers and theater artisans to continue their artistic and professional growth. Twenty singers and 16 technical theater artisans received professional development awards in 2022 and 2023:

singers and 16 technical theater artisans received professional development awards in 2022 and 2023:

FOR SINGERS

FOR SINGERS

Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Prize

Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Prize

Justin Austin (2023)

Justin Austin (2023)

Thomas Glass (2022)

Thomas Glass (2022)

Elihu M. Hyndman Memorial Award

Elihu M. Hyndman Memorial Award

César Andrés Parreño (2023)

César Andrés Parreño (2023)

Shelén Hughes (2022)

Shelén Hughes (2022)

Barbara & Stanley Richman Memorial Award

Barbara & Stanley Richman Memorial Award

Yuntong Han (2023)

Yuntong Han (2023)

Keith Klein (2022)

Keith Klein (2022)

FOR TECHNICAL THEATER ARTISANS

FOR TECHNICAL THEATER ARTISANS

Larry & Jinny Browning Technical Fellowship Career Award

Larry & Jinny Browning Technical Fellowship Career Award

Spencer Lawton (2023)

Spencer Lawton (2023)

Javi Cervantes (2022)

Javi Cervantes (2022)

Emerson Behind the Curtain Scholarship Awards

Emerson Behind the Curtain Scholarship Awards

J. Carlin Decker III (2023)

J. Carlin Decker III (2023)

Megan Gilchrist (2023)

Megan Gilchrist (2023)

Catherine Good (2023)

Catherine Good (2023)

Danelle Leinonen (2023)

Danelle Leinonen (2023)

Christiana Osborne (2023)

Christiana Osborne (2023)

Kassidy Schley (2023)

Kassidy Schley (2023)

Paris Aguilar (2022)

Paris Aguilar (2022)

James Burch (2022)

James Burch (2022)

Adriaen Hobgood (2022)

Adriaen Hobgood (2022)

Richard Gaddes Career Awards

Richard Gaddes Career Awards

Kathleen O’Mara (2023)

Kathleen O’Mara (2023)

Titus Muzi III (2023, 2022)

Titus Muzi III (2023, 2022)

Jared Esquerra (2022)

Jared Esquerra (2022)

Meridian Prall (2022)

Meridian Prall (2022)

Thelma Steward Endowed Artist Alumni Awards

Thelma Steward Endowed Artist Alumni Awards

Joshua Blue (2023)

Joshua Blue (2023)

Melissa Joseph (2023)

Melissa Joseph (2023)

Lauren Michelle (2023)

Lauren Michelle (2023)

Chaz’men WilliamsAli (2023)

Chaz’men WilliamsAli (2023)

Dorathy Johnston (2022)

Dorathy Johnston (2022)

Aldayr “Peanut” Molina (2022)

Aldayr “Peanut” Molina (2022)

Katie Radford (2022)

Katie Radford (2022)

Rabbi Dr. Jay & Erika Goldburg Scholarship Award

Rabbi Dr. Jay & Erika Goldburg Scholarship Award

Ezekiel Ajibade (2023)

Ezekiel Ajibade (2023)

Grant Vocks (2022)

Grant Vocks (2022)

FOR BAYER FUND ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING ALUMNI

FOR BAYER FUND ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING ALUMNI

Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Guerrerio/ Wedgewood Partners, Inc. Award

Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Guerrerio/ Wedgewood Partners, Inc. Award

Erica Ancell (2023)

Erica Ancell (2023)

Sam Krausz (2022)

Sam Krausz (2022)

Scott Joplin Award

Scott Joplin Award

Eric Curry (2023)

Eric Curry (2023)

Angel Riley (2022)

Angel Riley (2022)

Kenneth Billups Award

Kenneth Billups Award

Tony Washington (2023)

Tony Washington (2023)

Michael Lee, Jr. (2022)

Michael Lee, Jr. (2022)

and Gaddes Career Grants are supported by the Richard Gaddes Fund for Young Singers and funds established in memory of OTSL founding board members Elihu Hyndman and Barbara & Stanley Richman . A major gift from The Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation - Mabel L. Purkerson, M.D., Trustee in 2010 helped endow OTSL’s professional development programs and established the Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Prize. Additional funding for these programs is generously provided by the E. Desmond Lee Family Fund for Professional Development , the William T. Kemper Fund – Commerce Bank, Trustee, the Herman T. & Phenie R. Pott Foundation , and the contributors listed on page 106.

The Gerdine Young Artist Program is supported in part by the Charles MacKay Career Development Fund . The Richard Gaddes Festival Artist Program and Gaddes Career Grants are supported by the Richard Gaddes Fund for Young Singers and funds established in memory of OTSL founding board members Elihu Hyndman and Barbara & Stanley Richman . A major gift from The Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation - Mabel L. Purkerson, M.D., Trustee in 2010 helped endow OTSL’s professional development programs and established the Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Prize. Additional funding for these programs is generously provided by the E. Desmond Lee Family Fund for Professional Development , the William T. Kemper Fund – Commerce Bank, Trustee, the Herman T. & Phenie R. Pott Foundation , and the contributors listed on page 106.

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The Gerdine Young Artist Program is supported in part by the Charles MacKay Career Development Fund . The Richard Gaddes Festival Artist Program

and longtime generosity of Emerson. Emerson Behind the Curtain, which began in 2005, prepares students for a range

and longtime generosity of Emerson. Emerson Behind the Curtain, which began in 2005, prepares students for a range

on-the-job experience in production and attend professional development seminars with Opera Theatre designers and

Cas Blessing

Justin Buontempo

on-the-job experience in production and attend professional development seminars with Opera Theatre designers and

Aspen Kinomoto

Isa LoPiccolo-Kleine

Lauren Whyte

AB Wildes

Emmalee Berger

Will Everson

Leo Fuller

Ryne Halstead

Jordan Kerr

Josh Kline

Aspen Knight

Matalyn Thayer

EMERSON COSTUME APPRENTICES are college students receiving advanced training in costume design and construction, working with visiting designers and other professionals in the company’s costume department.

EMERSON COSTUME APPRENTICES are college students receiving advanced training in costume design and construction, working with visiting designers and other professionals in the company’s costume department.

Blake Blanning

Blake Blanning

Vanessa Buck

Vanessa Buck

Corissa Gavin

Corissa Gavin

Pearl Modine

Pearl Modine

Elizabeth Randall

Elizabeth Randall

Cecelia Skemp

Cecelia Skemp

Marissa Thompson

Marissa Thompson

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ARTISTIC STAFF

ARTISTIC STAFF

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

James Robinson

James Robinson

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS

Patricia Racette

PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR

Daniela Candillari

CONDUCTORS

Patricia Racette CONDUCTORS

Jonathan Brandani*

Jonathan Brandani*

Daniela Candillari

Daniela Candillari

José Luis Gómez*

José Luis Gómez*

Kwamé Ryan*

Kwamé Ryan*

STAGE DIRECTORS

STAGE DIRECTORS

Eric Sean Fogel*

Eric Sean Fogel*

Elkhanah Pulitzer

Elkhanah Pulitzer

James Robinson

James Robinson

Michael Shell

Michael Shell

CHOREOGRAPHER

CHOREOGRAPHER

Seán Curran

Seán Curran

DESIGNERS

DESIGNERS

Krystal Balleza

Krystal Balleza

Andrew Boyce

Andrew Boyce

Marcus Doshi

Marcus Doshi

Greg Emetaz

Greg Emetaz

Constance Hoffman

Constance Hoffman

Takeshi Kata

Allen Moyer

Marco Piemontese*

Marco Piemontese*

Lynly Saunders*

Lynly Saunders*

Amanda Seymour

Amanda Seymour

Eric Southern

Eric Southern

Will Vicari

CHORUS MASTER

CHORUS MASTER

Andrew Whitfield

Andrew Whitfield

COVER & ASSISTANT

* OTSL Debut

COVER & ASSISTANT CONDUCTORS

Darwin Aquino

Kedrick Terrell Armstrong

♦ Gerdine Young Artist

■ Richard Gaddes Festival Artist ○ Former Gerdine Young Artist + Former Gaddes Festival Artist

ENGLISH DICTION SPECIALISTS

ENGLISH DICTION SPECIALISTS

Erie Mills

Erie Mills

Jennifer Ringo

Jennifer Ringo

REPETITEURS

REPETITEURS

Emily Hamper*

Emily Hamper*

Eric Sedgwick

Eric Sedgwick

Douglas Sumi

Douglas Sumi

Marika Yasuda*

Marika Yasuda*

APPRENTICE PIANIST

APPRENTICE PIANIST

Vlad Soloviev*

Vlad Soloviev*

APPRENTICE ASSISTANT STAGE DIRECTOR

APPRENTICE ASSISTANT STAGE DIRECTOR

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Olivia Gacka*

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OTSL Debut
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Gaddes Festival
Former Gerdine Young
Former Gaddes Festival Artist

ARTIST PROFILES

LEVI ADKINS

Tenor

Sara Epstein Artist

Parpignol, La bohème

Gerdine Young Artist

OTSL DEBUT

FUTURE

Carmen, Georgia State University Opera Theater

PAST

Our Town, Georgia State University Opera Theater

DARWIN AQUINO

Assistant & Cover Conductor

The Barber of Seville, Julius Caesar

OTSL DEBUT

2022 Festival Season

FUTURE

Commissioned Composer, Dialogues V Festival, Hamburg, Germany; Conductor, Interlochen Center for the Arts

PAST

Conductor, New Works Collective, OTSL;

Conductor, The Secret Marriage, Florida Grand Opera; Music Director, Giselle, St. Louis Ballet

SOPHIA BAETE

Mezzo-soprano

Dr. Mary Anne Rudloff Endowed Artist

Gerdine Young Artist

PAST

Eros and Co., Ned Rorem at 100, 100 Years of Broadway Love, New York Festival of Song; I due timidi, Suor Angelica, Juilliard Opera

KEDRICK TERRELL ARMSTRONG

Assistant & Cover Conductor

La bohème, Galileo Galilei

OTSL DEBUT

2023 Festival Season

PAST

KRYSTAL BALLEZA

Wig & Makeup Designer

The Barber of Seville, La bohème, Julius Caesar, Galileo Galilei

OTSL DEBUT 2023 Festival Season , Signature Theatre; The Connector, MCC Theater; Real Women Have Curves, American Repertory Theater; The Tempest, The Public Theater; Hair and Makeup Department Head, Broadway

Factotum (world premiere), Champion, The Puppy Episode (world premiere), Lyric Opera of Chicago; Freedom Ride (world premiere), Chicago Opera Theater; Candide, DePaul Opera Theatre

EIBHLIN ARVIZU

Dancer

Julius Caesar

OTSL DEBUT PAST

Wildflowers (world premiere), Catalyst Dance Company; Becoming, My Dear Watson (world premiere), The Big Muddy Dance Company Trainee Program; Dancer, Space Station Dance Residency; Moses, Sight and Sound Theaters

JUSTIN AUSTIN

Baritone

Dr. James Hinrichs & Mary Schoolman Artist Figaro, The Barber of Seville

OTSL DEBUT

Pyarelal Kaul, Shalimar the Clown, 2016

FUTURE

Romeo and Juliet, Così fan tutte, LA Opera

PAST

Dead Man Walking, The Metropolitan Opera; Romeo and Juliet, Washington National Opera; Champion, Lyric Opera of Chicago

VANESSA BECERRA

Soprano

Phoebe & Spencer Burke Artist

Maria Celeste/Eos, Galileo Galilei

OTSL DEBUT

Despina, Così fan tutte, 2023

FUTURE

Ainadamar, LA Opera; Leonora, Chicago Opera Theater

PAST

The Elixir of Love, Minnesota Opera; Don Pasquale, Opera Omaha; Romeo and Juliet, Boston Lyric Opera

GEORGIA BELMONT

Soprano

Clark & Jeanette Gamble Memorial Endowed Artist

Gerdine Young Artist

PAST

The Pirates of Penzance, Kentucky Opera; Wing on Wing, LA Philharmonic; A Little Night Music, Pasadena Playhouse

BRAD BICKHARDT

Arnold Hershman Endowed Artist

Galileo Galilei

Gerdine Young Artist

OTSL DEBUT

Don Giovanni, Romeo and Juliet, Frankenstein, The Magic Flute, Arizona Opera; Messiah, The Phoenix Symphony

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ANDREW BOYCE

Set Designer

The Barber of Seville

OTSL DEBUT

An American Soldier, 2018

PAST

Dana H, Lyceum Theater, Broadway;

All’s Well That Ends Well, Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Susannah, OTSL

JONATHAN BRANDANI

Conductor

Mr. & Mrs. Laurance L. Browning, Jr. Endowed Artist

The Barber of Seville

OTSL DEBUT FUTURE

Bluebeard’s Castle/Gianni Schicchi, Calgary Opera

PAST

Das Rheingold, Calgary Opera; La bohème, The Atlanta Opera; The Barber of Seville, Staatstheater Meiningen; La Cenerentola, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari

KATERINA BURTON

Soprano

Mr. & Mrs. Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Artist La bohème

OTSL DEBUT

Verna/Young Lovely/Evelyn, Fire Shut Up in My Bones

FUTURE

Don Giovanni, Madison Opera

Carmen, Washington National Opera; Falstaff, Aspen Opera Theater; Rose Bampton Award Winner, The Sullivan Foundation,

JORDAN COSTA

Tenor

Margery Fort Armstrong Endowed Tenor

Gerdine Young Artist

FUTURE

The Magic Flute, Nashville Opera

PAST

The Barber of Seville, Virginia Opera; Le comte Ory, Yale Opera; Carmen, The Glimmerglass Festival; The Elixir of Love, Opera in Williamsburg

ANDRÉ COURVILLE

Bass-baritone

Mr. & Mrs. William H.T. Bush Endowed Artist Colline, La bohème

OTSL DEBUT

FUTURE

Hamlet, Teatro Regio di Torino

PAST

Parsifal, Houston Grand Opera; Fernand Cortez, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Maria Stuarda, Zurich Opera; The Barber of Seville, Opéra National de Bordeaux

DANIELA CANDILLARI

Principal Conductor & Conductor

Kim & Tim Eberlein Artist

Julius Caesar Center Stage

OTSL DEBUT

New Works, Bold Voices Lab, 2021

FUTURE

Madame Butterfly, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen; American Sounds Concert, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; Classical Series Concert, Kansas City Symphony

PAST

10 Days in a Madhouse (world premiere), Opera Philadelphia; Grounded (world premiere), Washington National Opera , The Metropolitan Opera;

SEÁN CURRAN

Choreographer

Mr. & Mrs. Ernest A. Eddy, Jr. Endowed Artist La bohème, Julius Caesar, Galileo Galilei

OTSL DEBUT

Nixon in China, 2004

FUTURE

Acteon, Opera Lafayette

PAST (world premiere), Seán Curran Company Irish Arts Center; Susannah, OTSL; Co-Director & Choreographer, Harvey Milk, OTSL; M. Butterfly (world premiere), The Santa Fe Opera

MARCUS DOSHI

Lighting Designer

The Barber of Seville, La bohème

OTSL DEBUT

Treemonisha , Così fan tutte, 2023

Richard III, Chicago Shakespeare Theater; The Nose, Chicago Opera Theater; The Wreckers, Houston Grand Opera; Edward Tulane, Minnesota Opera; Tannhäuser, LA Opera

JENNIFER EGLEY

Dancer

Julius Caesar

OTSL DEBUT

PAST

Taking Shape, FreeForm, Spark, The Big Muddy Dance Company Trainee Program; My Dear Watson (world premiere), The Big Muddy Dance Company

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LUKE ELMER

Countertenor

Other, Galileo Galilei

Gerdine Young Artist

OTSL DEBUT

PAST

Orfeo, The Santa Fe Opera

GREG EMETAZ

Video Designer

Mr. & Mrs. Harvard K. Hecker Endowed Artist

Galileo Galilei

OTSL DEBUT

The Golden Ticket, 2010

Don Giovanni, Boston Baroque; , Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago; , OTSL; Little Shop of Horrors, The Muny; Man of La Mancha, Asolo Rep

ELIJAH ENGLISH

Countertenor

Cardinal 1/Oracle 1/Other, Galileo Galilei

Gerdine Young Artist

OTSL DEBUT

PAST

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Chicago Summer Opera; Dido and Aeneas, Opera Fort Collins; Cendrillon, Agrippina, University of Colorado Eklund Opera

Maggie & Ron Holtman Artist

Pope Urban VIII/Simplicio/Cardinal Barberini/Father, , 2023

, Jacksonville Symphony; Hansel and Gretel, Opera , Washington National Opera; , Dallas Symphony Orchestra

LUCY EVANS

Mezzo-soprano

Sarah Bryan Miller Memorial Artist

Marie de Medici, Galileo Galilei

Gerdine Young Artist

OTSL DEBUT PAST

Bulrusher (workshop), Robeson (workshop), Cincinnati Opera and Opera Fusion: New Works; Rigoletto, Holy City Arts & Lyric Opera; Orfeo M. Butterfly (world premiere), The Santa Fe Opera

ERIC SEAN FOGEL

Stage Director

Colin Graham Master Artist Endowment

The Barber of Seville

OTSL DEBUT

FUTURE

Pagliacci, La Calisto, The Glimmerglass Festival; The Magic Flute, The Metropolitan Opera PAST

Songbird, Washington National Opera; West Side Story, Opera Australia; The Sound of Music, Houston Grand Opera

THOMAS GLASS

Bass-baritone

Tani Wolff Memorial Artist

Marcello, La bohème

OTSL DEBUT

Harvey Milk, Harvey Milk, 2022

PAST

Romeo and Juliet, The Metropolitan Opera; The Shining, The Atlanta Opera; Don Giovanni, Minnesota Opera; Così fan tutte, Palm Beach Opera; Antony and Cleopatra ; San Francisco Opera

JOSÉ LUIS GÓMEZ

Conductor

Barbara M. Osborne Memorial Artist

La bohème

OTSL DEBUT PAST

La bohème, Teatro Coccia, Frankfurt Opera; Don Giovanni, Teatro Sociale di Como; La forza del destino, New National Theatre, Tokyo; La Cenerentola, Staatstheater Stuttgart

ERIK GRENDAHL

Baritone

Gerdine Young Artist PAST

The Barber of Seville, Virginia Opera; Faust, Opera Baltimore; La traviata, Lyric Opera of Kansas City; M. Butterfly (world premiere), Tristan und Isolde, The Santa Fe Opera

Virginia Weldon & Francis Austin Artist

Older Galileo Galilei/Speaker, Galileo Galilei

Eugene Onegin, 1991

The Magic Flute, The Metropolitan Opera; , Houston Grand Opera; Champion, Lyric Opera of Chicago

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EMILY HAMPER

Repetiteur

Julius Caesar

OTSL DEBUT

FUTURE

The Elixir of Love, Das Rheingold, Calgary Opera

PAST

The Marriage of Figaro, Calgary Opera

HAKEEM HENDERSON

Gerdine Young Artist

Into The Woods Bernstein’s Mass The Cask of Amontillado Royal Northern College of Music; West Side Story, Edinburgh International Festival; , Maryland Opera

CONSTANCE HOFFMAN

Costume Designer

Julius Caesar

OTSL DEBUT

The Merchant and the Pauper, 1999

FUTURE

Antony and Cleopatra, The Metropolitan Opera PAST

Doppelganger, Park Avenue Armory; Antony and Cleopatra, San Francisco Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu; Der fliegende Holländer, The Santa Fe Opera; Mozart-DaPonte Trilogy, San Francisco Opera

TAKESHI KATA

Set Designer

Dr. Alvin R. Frank Memorial Endowed Artist

La bohème

OTSL DEBUT

Assistant Set Designer, The Rape of Lucretia, 1996 PAST

Water for Elephants, Imperial Theatre, Broadway; Prayer for the French Republic, Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, Broadway; Clyde’s, Helen Hayes Theater, Broadway; Until the Flood, Schaubühne, Berlin; Associate Professor, USC School of Dramatic Arts

JENNIFER KREIDER

Soprano

Dorothy & Billy Firestone Endowed Artist

Sagredo, Galileo Galilei

Gerdine Young Artist

OTSL DEBUT

PAST

Vanessa, Spoleto Festival USA; La bohème, Opera in the Ozarks; The Magic Flute, Anne Frank (world premiere), Indiana University Opera Theater; Second Place, Upper Midwest Region, The Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition, 2023

GABRIELA LINARES

Mezzo-soprano

Robert & Martha Scharff Endowed Artist

A Scribe, Galileo Galilei

Gerdine Young Artist

OTSL DEBUT

FUTURE

Birds & Balls (world premiere), Opera Parallèle and SF

Jazz

PAST

Gianni Schicchi Suor Angelica Chautauqua Institution; Susannah, OTSL; The Consul, San Francisco Conservatory of Music Opera and Musical Theatre; Oregon District Winner, Northwest Region Award

Recipient, The Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition, 2023

RYAN LUSTGARTEN

Tenor

Gerdine Young Artist

PAST

The Abduction from the Seraglio, Pacific Northwest Opera; The Love for Three Oranges American Apollo (workshop), Des Moines Metro Opera; Tevye’s Daughters (workshop), American Lyric Theater; La traviata, Virginia Opera

(world premiere), Seán Curran Company Irish Arts , Opera Lafayette; world premiere), Agora Artists at Wyly (world premiere), Seán Curran Company at Brooklyn Academy of Music; , Tino Sehgal installation at The

MADELEINE LYON

Mezzo-soprano

Adelaide Cherbonnier Memorial Artist

Nirena, Julius Caesar

Gerdine Young Artist

OTSL DEBUT

PAST Lucia di Lammermoor, The Rape of Lucretia, El último sueño de Frida y Diego, Moses, Der Zwerg, LA Opera

MICHELLE MARIPOSA

Mezzo-soprano

Steve Trampe & Jenny Gupta Endowed Artist

Maria Maddalena, Galileo Galilei

Gerdine Young Artist

OTSL DEBUT

PAST

The Nose, Chicago Opera Theater; La liberazion di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina, Haymarket Opera; Sullivan Award Winner, The Sullivan Foundation, 2023; Orfeo, The Santa Fe Opera

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JOHN GODHARD MBURU

Bass

Edes P. Gilbert Artist

Curio, Julius Caesar

Gerdine Young Artist

OTSL DEBUT

FUTURE

Romeo and Juliet, Minnesota Opera

PAST

The Marriage of Figaro, University of Cincinnati CollegeConservatory of Music; Romeo and Juliet, The Glimmerglass Festival; Fidelio, Queen City Opera

CORY MCGEE

Bass-baritone

Achillas, Julius Caesar

OTSL DEBUT

FUTURE

La bohème, Houston Grand Opera

PAST

Parsifal, Houston Grand Opera; Blue, New Orleans Opera; Simon Boccanegra, Opera Philadelphia; Don Giovanni, Wolf Trap Opera

ROBERT MELLON

Baritone

Janet McAfee Weakley Memorial Artist

Benoit/Alcindoro, La bohème

OTSL DEBUT

A Customs Officer, La bohème, 2016

PAST

Breaking the Waves, Detroit Opera; Pagliacci, Florida Grand Opera; Of Mice and Men, Livermore Valley Opera; La Cenerentola, Opera Maine

SARAH MESKO

Mezzo-soprano

Margaret B. Grigg Memorial Artist

Julius Caesar, Julius Caesar

OTSL DEBUT

Ottavia, The Coronation of Poppea, 2019

FUTURE

Cardinal 2/Servant/Oracle 2, Galileo Galilei

MEGAN MOORE

Fred Wehrle, Jr. Memorial Artist

Julius Caesar

Così fan tutte, 2023

The Barber of Seville, Seattle Opera; , San Diego Opera; Buddha Passion, Seattle Symphony; , Les Musiciens du Louvre; Dialogues of the Carmelites, The Metropolitan Opera

ANDREW MORSTEIN

Emma Coulter Ware Artist

Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville

OTSL DEBUT

The Barber of Seville, Theater an der Wien; Lucia di Lammermoor, Pensacola Opera; L’aube Rouge, Wexford Festival Opera; The Marriage of Figaro, Salzburg Festival; Awakenings, Boston Modern Opera Project

ALLEN MOYER

Set Designer

Julius Caesar, Galileo Galilei

OTSL DEBUT

The Marriage of Figaro, 1999

Champion, Der Fliegende Holländer, Lyric Opera of Chicago; Champion Fire Shut Up in My Bones Orfeo and Euridice The Metropolitan Opera; , OTSL

KEY’MON W. MURRAH

MacKay Career Development Fund Artist

The Marriage of Figaro, Lyric Opera of Chicago PAST

Carmen, The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Tulsa Opera;

Semiramide, Rodelinda, Il trovatore, The Metropolitan Opera

, The Metropolitan Opera; El último sueño de Frida y Diego, LA Opera; , Bayerische Staatsoper

ERIE MILLS

English Diction Specialist

The Barber of Seville, Julius Caesar

OTSL DEBUT

Britomarte, The Tree of Chastity, 1978

PAST

Arizona District Judge, The Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition, 2023

CONTINUES AS

Secretary of Board of Directors, The Sullivan Foundation;

Artistic Director, Livermore Valley Opera

TITUS MUZI III

Bettie S. Johnson Artist La bohème

Richard Gaddes Festival Artist

OTSL DEBUT

Carmen, 2022

The Magic Flute, Annapolis Opera; Don Pasquale, Academy of Vocal Arts; Carmina Burana, Cincinnati Ballet; Finalist, Vincerò World Singing Competition, 2022

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KATHLEEN O’MARA

Soprano

MacKay Career Development Fund Artist

Duchess Christina, Galileo Galilei

Richard Gaddes Festival Artist

OTSL DEBUT

PAST

The Barber of Seville, Der Zwerg, LA Opera

JOSEPH O’SHEA

Baritone

Gerdine Young Artist

PAST

Madame Butterfly, The Barber of Seville

Lammermoor, Cincinnati Opera;

Fellow Travelers, University of Cincinnati CollegeConservatory of Music

EMILY POGORELC

Soprano

Mark & Sudie Throdahl Artist

Cleopatra, Julius Caesar

OTSL DEBUT

FUTURE

La traviata, Detroit Opera; La bohème, The Metropolitan Opera

PAST

La sonnambula, Semperoper Dresden; Lucia di Lammermoor, Bayerische Staatsoper; La rondine, The Metropolitan Opera

LAUREN PAUL

Mezzo-soprano

Elleard B. Heffern Fine Jewelers Endowed Artist in memory of Keith Shaw

Gerdine Young Artist PAST

Die Walküre, TUNDI Productions; Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, Alcina, University of South Dakota Opera

MARCO PIEMONTESE

Costume Designer

Galileo Galilei

OTSL DEBUT

PAST

Rigoletto, Teatro Massimo; Semiramide, Teatro La Fenice; The Turn of the Screw, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; The Cherry Orchard Three Sisters Ivanov Classical Stage Company

Sullivan Award Winner, The

The Magic Flute, Livermore Valley Opera; The Rape of Lucretia, Merola Opera Program; Ainadamar, Indiana University Opera Theater; The Magic Flute, Merola Opera Program; Second Place Winner, Tulsa Region, The Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition, 2023

, Bayerische Staatsoper

ELKHANAH PULITZER

Edward Chase Garvey Memorial Foundation Artist

The Abduction from the Seraglio, 2003 , Carnegie Hall; , West Edge Opera , San Francisco Opera; , NY Philharmonic; 12 Little Spells, US tour

Artistic Director of Young Artist Programs Robin & Tim Wentworth Artist

Don Giovanni, 1993

, San Francisco Presidio Theater; Don Giovanni, San Francisco Merola

La traviata, Susannah, Center Stage, Romeo and Juliet, Arizona Opera

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JUSTIN RAMM-DAMRON

JUSTIN RAMM-DAMRON

Bass-baritone

Bass-baritone

Carla Myerson Artist

Carla Myerson Artist La bohème

A Sergeant, La bohème

Gerdine Young Artist

OTSL DEBUT

Gerdine Young Artist OTSL DEBUT

PAST

The Elixir of Love, New Jersey Lyric Opera; Gianni Schicchi, Bronx Opera;

The Marriage of Figaro, Opera Magnifico; Romeo and Juliet, Central City Opera; The Daughter of the Regiment, Sarasota Opera

The Elixir of Love, New Jersey Lyric Opera; Gianni Schicchi, Bronx Opera; The Marriage of Figaro, Opera Magnifico; Romeo and Juliet, Central City Opera; The Daughter of the Regiment, Sarasota Opera

BRITTANY RENEE

BRITTANY RENEE

Soprano

Thelma Steward Endowed Artist

Musetta, La bohème

OTSL DEBUT

FUTURE

La bohème, The Metropolitan Opera; Porgy and Bess, Washington National Opera

Thelma Steward Endowed Artist La bohème , The Metropolitan Opera; , Washington National Opera

PAST

Champion, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, The Metropolitan Opera; Omar, San Francisco Opera

Fire Shut Up in My Bones, The Metropolitan , San Francisco Opera

JENNIFER RINGO

JENNIFER RINGO

English Diction Specialist

English Diction Specialist

Karen & Mont Levy Artist

Karen & Mont Levy Artist

Galileo Galilei

La bohème, Galileo Galilei

OTSL DEBUT

2023 Festival Season

2023 Festival Season

FUTURE

The Sound of Music, Houston Grand Opera PAST

Susannah, Tosca, OTSL; Le comte Ory, Lyric Opera of Chicago; Falstaff, Houston Grand Opera; M. Butterfly (world premiere), The Santa Fe Opera

The Sound of Music, Houston Grand Opera , OTSL; , Lyric Opera of Chicago; , Houston Grand Opera; (world premiere), The Santa Fe Opera

JOUELLE ROBERSON

JOUELLE ROBERSON

Soprano

Soprano

Lucy & Stanley Lopata Memorial Artist

Lucy & Stanley Lopata Memorial Artist

Gerdine Young Artist

PAST

Gerdine Young Artist PAST

The Anonymous Lover, Morgan State University Opera Workshop

The Anonymous Lover, Morgan State University Opera Workshop

LAUREN ROMANO

LAUREN ROMANO

Teaching Artist, St. Louis Children’s Choirs

Teaching Artist, St. Louis Children’s Choirs

La bohème

La bohème

OTSL DEBUT

OTSL DEBUT

Tosca, 2023

Tosca, 2023

PAST

PAST

St. Louis Children’s Choirs Teaching Artist, Tosca, OTSL; Choir Director, St. Louis Children’s Choirs

St. Louis Children’s Choirs Teaching Artist, Tosca, OTSL; Choir Director, St. Louis Children’s Choirs

CONTINUES AS

CONTINUES AS

Children’s Choir Director, Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Children’s Choir Director, Emmanuel Episcopal Church

KELLEY ROURKE

KELLEY ROURKE

Translator

Translator

The Barber of Seville

OTSL DEBUT

The Barber of Seville OTSL DEBUT

The Elixir of Love, 2014

The Elixir of Love, 2014

FUTURE

FUTURE

Jungle Book, Washington National Opera

PAST

Jungle Book, Washington National Opera PAST

Hansel and Gretel, Royal Opera House; The Emissary (world premiere), Opera Parallèle; Cinderella, The Metropolitan Opera; The Beekeeper (world premiere), Chicago Opera Theater

Hansel and Gretel, Royal Opera House; The Emissary (world premiere), Opera Parallèle; Cinderella, The Metropolitan Opera; The Beekeeper (world premiere), Chicago Opera Theater

BENJAMIN RUIZ

BENJAMIN RUIZ

Tenor

Tenor

A Strolling Vendor, La bohème

A Strolling Vendor, La bohème

Gerdine Young Artist

Gerdine Young Artist

OTSL DEBUT PAST

OTSL DEBUT PAST

Orpheus in the Underworld, Angélique, MSM Opera Theatre;

Orpheus in the Underworld, Angélique, MSM Opera Theatre;

Romeo and Juliet, Pagliacci, Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Encouragement Award, The Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition, 2023

Romeo and Juliet, Pagliacci, Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Encouragement Award, The Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition, 2023

KWAMÉ RYAN

KWAMÉ RYAN

Conductor

Conductor

Sally S. Levy Endowed Artist

Sally S. Levy Endowed Artist

Galileo Galilei OTSL DEBUT

Galileo Galilei OTSL DEBUT

FUTURE

FUTURE

The Time of Our Singing, La Monnaie; Die ersten Menschen, Dutch National Opera; Porgy and Bess, Washington National Opera

The Time of Our Singing, La Monnaie; Die ersten Menschen, Dutch National Opera; Porgy and Bess, Washington National Opera

PAST

PAST

Intelligence, Houston Grand Opera

CONTINUES AS

Intelligence, Houston Grand Opera CONTINUES AS

Music Director Designate, Charlotte Symphony

Music Director Designate, Charlotte Symphony

Appearing courtesy of Charlotte Symphony

Appearing courtesy of Charlotte Symphony

JAMES ROBINSON

JAMES ROBINSON

Artistic Director & Stage Director

Artistic Director & Stage Director

William T. Kemper Foundation Artistic Director

William T. Kemper Foundation Artistic Director

Galileo Galilei

Galileo Galilei

OTSL DEBUT

OTSL DEBUT

Radamisto, 2000

Radamisto, 2000

FUTURE

FUTURE

La bohème, The Santa Fe Opera; , Houston Grand Opera

La bohème, The Santa Fe Opera; Il trittico, Houston Grand Opera

PAST

Fire Shut Up in My Bones The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago; M. Butterfly (world premiere), The Santa Fe Opera

Champion Fire Shut Up in My Bones The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago; M. Butterfly (world premiere), The Santa Fe Opera

MOISÉS SALAZAR

MOISÉS SALAZAR

Tenor

Mary Ann Lee Memorial Artist Rodolfo, La bohème

OTSL DEBUT

FUTURE

Norma, Palm Beach Opera

Mary Ann Lee Memorial Artist La bohème OTSL DEBUT , Palm Beach Opera

PAST

Madame Butterfly El último sueño de Frida y Diego San Francisco Opera

Madame Butterfly El último sueño de Frida y Diego San Francisco Opera

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CHASE SANDERS

CHASE SANDERS

Soprano

Soprano

Ann & Bill Sullins Artist

Ann & Bill Sullins Artist

Berta/Notary, The Barber of Seville

Berta/Notary, The Barber of Seville

OTSL DEBUT

OTSL DEBUT

FUTURE

FUTURE

The Pirates of Penzance, Little Women, Tulsa Opera PAST

The Pirates of Penzance, Little Women, Tulsa Opera PAST

Sky on Swings, Opera Saratoga; Treemonisha, OTSL Opera on the GO!;

District Encouragement Award, The Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition, 2022

Sky on Swings, Opera Saratoga; Treemonisha, OTSL Opera on the GO!; District Encouragement Award, The Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition, 2022

LAURA SANTAMARIA

LAURA SANTAMARIA

MICHAEL SHELL

MICHAEL SHELL

Stage Director

Stage Director

Ann Lee & Will Konneker Endowed Artist

Ann Lee & Will Konneker Endowed Artist La bohème

La bohème

OTSL DEBUT

OTSL DEBUT

The Ghosts of Versailles, 2009

PAST

The Ghosts of Versailles, 2009 PAST

Sweeney Todd, Indiana University Opera Theater; The Daughter of the Regiment, The Barber of Seville, Utah Opera; The Barber of Seville, The Atlanta Opera; Gianni Schicchi, International Opera Performing Experience, Mercatello, Italy

Sweeney Todd, Indiana University Opera Theater; The Daughter of the Regiment, The Barber of Seville, Utah Opera; The Barber of Seville, The Atlanta Opera; Gianni Schicchi, International Opera Performing Experience, Mercatello, Italy

Gerdine Young Artist

Gerdine Young Artist

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Boston Conservatory

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Boston Conservatory

With Blood, With Ink, Seagle Festival; The Marriage of Figaro, Pluto (world premiere), Vienna Summer Music Festival

With Blood, With Ink, Seagle Festival; The Marriage of Figaro, Pluto (world premiere), Vienna Summer Music Festival

LYNLY SAUNDERS

Costume Designer

The Barber of Seville

OTSL DEBUT

PAST

Faust, Wolf Trap Opera;

VERONICA SIEBERT

VERONICA SIEBERT

Mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano

Pershing Charitable Trust Artist

Pershing Charitable Trust Artist

Gerdine Young Artist

Gerdine Young Artist

Eugene Onegin Swimming in the Dark (world premiere), Indiana University Opera Theater; La Calisto Postcard from Morocco, MSM Opera Theatre

Eugene Onegin Swimming in the Dark (world premiere), Indiana University Opera Theater; La Calisto Postcard from Morocco, MSM Opera Theatre

An American Soldier, Proving Up, Così fan tutte, Washington National Opera; Idomeneo, Aspen Music Festival

Proving Up, Così fan tutte, , Aspen Music Festival

ERIC SEDGWICK

MacKay Career Development Fund Artist

The Barber of Seville , 2023

, MSM Opera Theatre; Lessons in Love and Violence, Tanglewood Music Center; , Opera in Williamsburg; , Beth Morrison Projects

MacKay Career Development Fund Artist , MSM Opera Theatre; Lessons in Love and Violence, Tanglewood Music Center; , Opera in Williamsburg; , Beth Morrison Projects

AMANDA SEYMOUR

AMANDA SEYMOUR

Costume Designer

La bohème

Costume Designer La bohème

OTSL DEBUT

OTSL DEBUT

The Elixir of Love, 2014

The Elixir of Love, 2014

PAST

PAST

Faust, Wolf Trap Opera;

Faust, Wolf Trap Opera;

An American Soldie r, Proving Up Così fan tutte

An American Soldie r, Proving Up Così fan tutte

Washington National Opera; Idomeneo, Aspen Music Festival

Washington National Opera; Idomeneo, Aspen Music Festival

VLAD SOLOVIEV

VLAD SOLOVIEV

Apprentice Pianist

Apprentice Pianist

2024 Festival Season

2024 Festival Season

OTSL DEBUT

OTSL DEBUT

Salome, Carmen, The Magic Flute, Madame , Canadian Opera Company

Salome, Carmen, The Magic Flute, Madame , Canadian Opera Company

ERIC SOUTHERN

ERIC SOUTHERN

Lighting Designer

Lighting Designer

Salvatore & Dagnija Comado Master Artist

Salvatore & Dagnija Comado Master Artist

Julius Caesar Galileo Galilei

Julius Caesar Galileo Galilei

OTSL DEBUT Susannah, 2023

OTSL DEBUT Susannah, 2023

Romeo and Juliet, Boston Lyric Opera; , Urban Arias and Prototype Festival; The Secret Agent, Center for Contemporary Opera; The Good Swimmer, Brooklyn Academy of Music; Le Nozze di Figaro, Curtis Opera Theatre

Romeo and Juliet, Boston Lyric Opera; , Urban Arias and Prototype Festival; The Secret Agent, Center for Contemporary Opera; The Good Swimmer, Brooklyn Academy of Music; Le Nozze di Figaro, Curtis Opera Theatre

NATHAN STARK

NATHAN STARK

Bass-baritone

Bass-baritone

Sondra & Milton Schlesinger Artist

Sondra & Milton Schlesinger Artist

Dr. Bartolo, The Barber of Seville

Dr. Bartolo, The Barber of Seville

OTSL DEBUT

OTSL DEBUT

Military Judge, An American Soldier, 2018

Military Judge, An American Soldier, 2018

FUTURE

FUTURE

Holiday Concert, San Jose Symphony; Don Pasquale, Tampa Opera

PAST

Holiday Concert, San Jose Symphony; Don Pasquale, Tampa Opera PAST

Breaking the Waves, Detroit Opera; Dark Sisters, OrpheusPDX; Harvey Milk, OTSL

Breaking the Waves, Detroit Opera; Dark Sisters, OrpheusPDX; Harvey Milk, OTSL

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STAGEHANDS UNION

LOCAL #6

BARRERA, Business Manager

JAMES SPIES, President

CHRISTINA BECK, Secretary

DOUGLAS SUMI

Repetiteur

Galileo Galilei

OTSL DEBUT

Così fan tutte, 2023

FUTURE

Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, New Orleans Opera, Indianapolis Opera

PAST

Madame Butterfly La Cenerentola, Boston Lyric Opera

EMILIO VASQUEZ

Baritone

Other, Galileo Galilei

Gerdine Young Artist

OTSL DEBUT

FUTURE

The Marriage of Figaro, CCM Opera d’Arte

PAST

La bohème International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia; Dido and Aeneas , CCM Opera d’Arte

WILL VICARI

Wig & Makeup Designer

The Barber of Seville La bohème Julius Caesar

Galileo Galilei

OTSL DEBUT

Wig & Makeup Intern, 2016

PAST

Twelfth Night, Axis Theater Company; Orlando, Signature Theatre; The Connector, MCC Theater; Spamalot, St. James Theatre, Broadway; Harmony, Bernard B. Jabobs Theatre, Broadway

ANDREW WHITFIELD

Chorus Master

John H. Russell Artist

The Barber of Seville La bohème Julius Caesar Galileo

Galilei

OTSL DEBUT

Treemonisha, Tosca, Susannah, 2023

PAST

Cover Conductor, La traviata, The Metropolitan Opera; Guest Chorus Director, Carmina Burana, Cavalleria Rusticana, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; Guest Chorus Director, Oedipus Rex, Symphony of Psalms, San Francisco Symphony; Chorus Director, Minnesota Opera

ALYSSA WATSON

Julius Caesar

OTSL DEBUT

Company member, The Big Muddy Dance Company Trainee Program; Dancer, Space Station Dance Residency

PATRICK WILHELM

Baritone

Gerdine Young Artist

PAST

Faust, La traviata, Wolf Trap Opera; Così fan tutte, Curtis Opera Theatre; Encouragement Award, The Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition, 2023

DAVID WOLFE

Baritone

Robert and Lorraine Duesenberg Endowed Artist

Fiorello, The Barber of Seville

Other, Galileo Galilei

Gerdine Young Artist

OTSL DEBUT

PAST

The Tales of Hoffmann, Palm Beach Opera; National Grand Finalist, The Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition, 2023; Carmen, The Love for Three Oranges, Des Moines

Metro Opera

JARED WERLEIN

Bass-baritone

Phoebe Dent Weil Artist

The Barber of Seville

A Customs Officer, Cardinal 3, Galileo Galilei

Gerdine Young Artist

OTSL DEBUT

PAST

Josephine & Monte Throdahl Endowed Artist The Barber of Seville

(world premiere), The Santa Fe Opera; Dream of the Red Chamber, San Francisco Opera

Later That Same Evening, Proving Up, Atalanta, Juilliard Opera; La bohème, Music Academy of the West; Don Giovanni, Chautauqua Institution

MARIKA YASUDA

Lucia di Lammermoor, New Orleans Opera; , Palm Beach Opera; The Elixir of Love, El último sueño de Frida y Diego, San Francisco Opera

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THE ORCHESTRA FOR THE BARBER OF SEVILLE AND LA BOHÈME

FIRST VIOLIN

Erin Schreiber

Hannah Ji

Joo Kim

Melody Lee

Xiaoxiao Qiang

Angie Smart

Kyle Lombard

Marin Osawa

SECOND VIOLIN

Alison Harney

Andrea Jarrett

Ling Ling Guan

Asako Kuboki

Seul Lee

Nathan Lowry

Shawn Weil

VIOLA

Alejandro Valdepeñas

Jonathan Chu

Susan Gordon

Chris Tantillo

Davis Perez

Amy Greenhalgh

CELLO

Daniel Lee

James Czyzewski

Alvin McCall

Bjorn Ranheim

Jun Seo

BASS

Aleck Belcher

Brendan Fitzgerald

Ron Moberly

Kathryn Bradley

HARP

Megan Stout

FLUTE/PICCOLO

Andrea Kaplan

Jennifer Nitchman

Ann Choomack

OBOE

Philip Ross

Xiomara Mass

Cally Banhan

ENGLISH HORN

Cally Banham

CLARINET

Scott Andrews

Tzuying Huang

Ryan Toher

BASS CLARINET

Tzuying Huang

BASSOON

Andrew Cuneo

Julia Paine

HORN

Thomas Jöstlein

Blaine Dodson

Tod Bowermaster

Victoria Knudtson

TRUMPET

Steven Franklin

Omri Barak

Michael Walk

THE ORCHESTRA FOR JULIUS CAESAR AND GALILEO GALILEI

FIRST VIOLIN

Celeste Golden Andrews

Jessica Cheng Hellwege

Ann Fink

Emily Ho

Weilu Zhang

Jessie Chen

Heidi Harris

Jacqueline Tso

SECOND VIOLIN

Kristin Ahlstrom

Eva Kozma

Nicolae Bica

Janet Carpenter

Lisa Chong

Siyu Zhang

Jane Price

VIOLA

Beth Guterman Chu

Michael Casimir

Andrew François

Shannon Williams

Xi Zhang

CELLO

Melissa Brooks

David Kim

Elizabeth Chung

Grace Park

BASS

Erik Harris

David DeRiso

Sarah Kaiser

HARP

Megan Stout

ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TEAM

MARIE-HÉLÈNE BERNARD President and Chief Executive Officer

PAUL PIETROWSKI Chief Operating Officer

ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATION

Ian Kivler

Eliza Caperton

ORCHESTRA OPERATIONS

Audrey Kwong

Chris Aman

UNITEY KULL Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

ALEX SHAPIRO Chief Philanthropy Officer

ORCHESTRA PERSONNEL

Cacia Meeks

Andrew Williams

PRODUCTION

Margaret Bailey

Alana Szeles

TROMBONE

Jonathan Randazzo

Amanda Stewart

Jonathan Reycraft

CIMBASSO

Chance Trottman-Huiet

TIMPANI

Shannon Wood

PERCUSSION

Alan Stewart

Kevin Ritenauer

Kim Shelley

GUITAR

Kirk Hanser

KEYBOARD

Eric Sedgwick (OTSL)

FLUTE

Matthew Roitstein

Nadine Hur

PICCOLO

Matthew Roitstein

OBOE

Jelena Dirks

Tamara Winston

CLARINET

Ryan Toher

BASSOON

Andrew Gott

Ellen Connors

HORN

Roger Kaza

Julie Thayer

Cara Kizer

Tricia Jöstlein

MAUREEN BYRNE

Vice President, Education and Community Programs

TRUMPET

Wesley Skidgel

Mary Weber

TROMBONE

Amanda Stewart

PERCUSSION

William James

Sasha Luthy

HARPSICHORD

Daniela Candillari (OTSL)

KEYBOARD

Peter Henderson

Emily Hamper (OTSL)

Douglas Sumi (OTSL)

STEVEN ROSENZWEIG Chief Financial Officer

STAGE PERSONNEL

Franklin Horvath

Ron Bolte, Jr.

Nigel DeLuca

MUSIC LIBRARIANS

Katie Klich

Henry Skolnick

Amanda Tallant

Orchestra lists complete as of April 19, 2024.

About the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra: Celebrated as a leading American orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is the second-oldest orchestra in the country, marking its 144th year with the 2023/2024 season and its fifth with Music Director Stéphane Denève. The SLSO maintains its commitment to artistic excellence, educational impact, and community collaborations, honoring its mission of enriching lives through the power of music.

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Opera Theatre’s annual staff numbers fewer than 50 individuals, but during the festival season, our ranks grow into the many hundreds! We’re incredibly grateful for all our wonderful seasonal staff, artists, interns, and volunteers who help bring this incredible art form to life.

This list of Opera Theatre staff is accurate as of April 19, 2024. We regret the ommission of anyone who was hired after this date.

ANDREW JORGENSEN General Director

ALLISON FELTER Director of Education & Engagement

JAMES ROBINSON Artistic Director

ANH LÊ Director of Marketing & PR

PATRICIA RACETTE Artistic Director of Young Artist Programs

YVETTE LOYNAZ Director of Artistic Administration

DANIELA CANDILLARI Principal Conductor

MICHELLE MYERS Director of Administration & Finance

NICOLE AMBOS FREBER Managing Director

STEPHEN RYAN Director of Production & Operations

HANS FREDERICKSON Manager of Board Relations

BOX OFFICE

ALYSSA GOVE Associate Director of Box Office and Patron Services

DEVELOPMENT

STACEY BREGENZER Senior Manager of Donor Engagement

BRITTAINY BROWN Event Coordinator

MONICA ROSCOE Box Office Systems & Operations Manager

TYLER MCKENZIE Manger of Volunteer Engagement

ZAC MCMILLAN Deputy Director of Development, Individual Giving

BOX OFFICE REPRESENTATIVES

Jordyn Carnes Julie George

JENNA PIEPER Data Assistant

DILLON POTTS  Development Intern

MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS

KELLY GLUECK Graphic Designer & Brand Manager

NAOMI EKE Digital Marketing Intern

BRADY HARDIN Web & E-Marketing Manager

CHANTAL INCANDELA Press & Communications Manager

ERIN LEE Graphic Design Intern

CAMRYN MOORE Clayco Marketing Fellow

Lucy Guillemette Annaleigh Kimes Erin Mathiesen Anna Rimar

TORI REZEK Deputy Director of Development, Institutional Giving & Events

Taijha Silas Celene Totry

RACHEL SINCLAIR Manager of Institutional Giving

LINDA SCHULTE Director of Development & Campaign Strategy

CAMERON TYLER Artistic Coordinator ADVANCEMENT

ALEXIS AIMÉ Manager of Artistic Planning

ERICA ANCELL Artistic Administration Intern

SAM TARTER Press & Communications Intern

MACY WHITE Social Media & Content Strategy Manager

ELIZABETH BUTTON Artistic Administration Intern

MARCELA GOMEZ LUGO Artistic Administration Assistant

STEPHANIE NIGUS Senior Manager of Artistic Administration

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The position of General Director is underwritten in part by a generous gift from the Zoe and Max Lippman Memorial Fund. Allison Felter is the Michael  & Noémi Neidorff Endowed Director of Education and Engagement.  MacKay Career Development Fund Administrator ∆ Charla Sausele Intern for Opera Administration wonderful staff,

TARA BENNETT HR Assistant

JOSHUA GOLDMAN Finance Intern

PRODUCTION & OPERATIONS

MAGGY BORT Production Manager

LUCIE GARNETT Archive & Concierge Coordinator

STACY HARRIS Costume Shop Manager

GINA PEARSON Production Administrator

MARIE JOWETT Senior Accountant

JACK RUSHEN Technical Director

ALLYSON SIMS

Clayco Production Fellow

JUDY POLLACK Payroll & Benefits Administrator

OREVIA VONGSA Office Manager

ERIC WOOLSEY Operations Manager

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SEASONAL PRODUCTION STAFF

PRODUCTION ADMINISTRATION

ASSOCIATE TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

ASSISTANT TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

INTERN

Emilie WeilbacherMcMullan

Catherine Adams++

McMullan

SCENERY

IATSE STAGE CARPENTERS

Daniel McCarthy

Rick Shetley, Jr.

IATSE SHOP CARPENTERS

Jeffrey Berry

Jeff Dattoli, Jr.

Jake Goodwin

Daniel Roach, Jr.

ASSISTANT TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Victoria Esquivel+

CHARGE ARTIST

Stephen Pollihan

ASSISTANT CHARGE ARTIST

Allison Larkins

PROPERTIES

PROPERTIES

MANAGER

Meg Brinkley

ASSISTANT PROPERTIES MANAGERS

Derek Alley

Katie Orr

IATSE PROPERTIES CARPENTER

Scott De Broux

PROPERTIES ARTISANS

Audrey De Haan+

Leo Fuller 

PROPERTIES

INTERN

Ryne Halstead IATSE

PROPERTIES RUN SUPERVISORS

John Amann

Nichelle Williams

SCENIC ARTISTS

Emily Frei

Sarah Frost

Scott Loebl

James Van Well

STAGE CREW

Cas Blessing*

Heidi Clouse

Lindsey Cook

Elijah Dickey

Ryan Fraley

Emma Gregory

PROPERTIES RUN CREW

Catherine Good

Jordan Kerr 

Sophie Reidt

Matalynn Thayer 

LIGHTING/VIDEO/SOUND/ORCHESTRA OPERATIONS

IATSE PRODUCTION

ELECTRICIAN

Peggy Thierheimer

IATSE DECK

ELECTRICIAN

Christine Shetley

WIGS & MAKEUP

WIG & MAKEUP ARTISANS

Bekah Toone

M. Nottke

IATSE BOARD PROGRAMMER

Lou Ritter

IATSE NETWORK

ELECTRICIAN

Eric Elz

WIG & MAKEUP INTERNS

Rebecca Mack Ryan Moore

COSTUME CRAFTS

CRAFT SHOP MANAGER

Angelique Newbauer

ASSISTANT DECK ELECTRICIAN

Will Everson

ELECTRICS CREW

Finnegan Gavelli

Jules Houston

Chuck Immer

Josh Kline

AB Wildes*

IATSE AUDIO ENGINEERS

Adam Shepherd (A1)

Savannah Gipson (A2) IATSE ORCHESTRA SUPERVISOR

Michael Lynch

Aspen Knight

Isa LoPiccolo-Kleine*

Noah Vos

ASSISTANT CRAFT SHOP MANAGER

John Inchiostro

COSTUME CRAFT ARTISANS

Barbara Casement

Corissa Gavin

Sydney Martin

Cecilia Skemp 

DYER/PAINTER

Garth Dunbar

ORCHESTRA OPERATIONS CREW

Echo Hicks

Lauren Whyte*

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₪ David N. Farr Endowed Artist l Joan F. Richman Endowed Young Artist
F innegan

COSTUMES

ASSISTANT COSTUME SHOP MANAGER

Spencer Lawton

COSTUME DESIGN ASSISTANTS

Christiana Osborne+ Vanessa Tabourne**

WARDROBE

WARDROBE SUPERVISOR

Calyn Roth

HEAD DRAPER

Robert W. Trump

DRAPERS

Paula Buchert

Elizabeth Eisloeffel

Ginny McKeever

Rick Tuckett

ASSISTANT WARDROBE SUPERVISOR

Claire Cosby

FRONT OF HOUSE

HOUSE MANAGER

Ethan Ryan ASSISTANT HOUSE MANAGERS

Jorge Falconi

Claire Himstedt

STAGING STAFF

RESIDENT ASSISTANT STAGE DIRECTORS

Diane Machin

Ian Silverman

ASSISTANT STAGE DIRECTORS

Michelle Cuizon

Anna Theodosakis

DESIGN SUPPORT STAFF

COSTUME ASSISTANTS

Antonella Buono

Beth Goldenberg

Bailey Hammett

Brynne Oster-Bainnson

Martin Schnellinger

STAGE MANAGEMENT

KIMBERLEY S. PRESCOTT Production Stage Manager

KRISTEN BARRETT Stage Manager

VOLUNTEERS

DRESSERS

Pam Belloli

Ann Fusz

Ellen Fusz

Christi Maginn

Chris Saulter

Bec Zakreski

FIRST HANDS

Lisa Drewel

Ariella Lebowitz+

Bruk Longbottom

Bryan McDonald

Carrisa Sexton

CINDY KNIGHT Stage Manager

FRANCESCA MACBETH ₪ Stage Manager

LIGHTWALKERS

Bob Feibel

Alan Fiddleman

Ann Fusz

Ellen Fusz

Susie Hahn

Marilyn Humiston

Margie Knapp

Pam Mahonay

STITCHERS

Hattie Barieau

Blake Blanning 

Rose Bonarek

Vanessa Buck 

Kate Collins

Zoie Cox

Jennifer Goldstein

Adriaen Hobgood

WARDROBE CREW

Emmalee Berger 

Justin Buontempo*

Elle Hartman

ACCESSIBILITY MANAGER

Carl Wickman

APPRENTICE

ASSISTANT STAGE DIRECTOR

Olivia Gacka

SCENIC ASSISTANTS

Valerie Green

Ryan Howell

Warren Karp

Lauren Nichols

VALERIE J. CLATWORTHY Assistant Stage Manager

JESSIE MHIRE

Assistant Stage Manager

Gloria Park

Harriet Scholle

Janice Seele

Kathleen Sitzer

Kirk Stein

Cay Sullivan

Rowena Van Dyke

Anne Williams

Aspen Kinomoto*

Virginia Parkinson

Codi Rasor

Pearl Modine 

Katie Radford

Elizabeth Randall

Michael Romero

Calyn Roth

Marissa Thompson

GARDEN MANAGER

Nash Davis SEASON CATERING

Ces & Judy’s Catering

VAN DRIVERS

Daniel Brodsky

Theresa Pearson

Brittany Ware

ASSOCIATE LIGHTING DESIGNERS

Maximo Grano de Oro++ Cheyenne Sykes

EMILY STAFFORD Assistant Stage Manager

RICKELLE R. WILLIAMS Assistant Stage Manager

SUPERNUMERARIES

Simon Aholt

Dan Barnett

Kekoa Blakemore

CHRIS MOEGGENBERG l

Intern Assistant Stage Manager

LAUREL SCHMIDT

Intern Assistant Stage Manager

Brian Maginn

Harry Moppins

Kéelin Russell

Christopher Bowser

Christopher Bowser

Kyle Clark

Ann Fusz

Ellen Fusz

Ryan Keller

Louisa Russell

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DONORS: ANNUAL FUND 2023–2024

Opera Theatre acknowledges with gratitude the spirit and generosity of the following individuals, corporations, foundations, and public agencies, whose investments at all levels provide invaluable support for the company’s mission. Their philanthropy permits Opera Theatre to maintain its fiscal soundness and high level of artistic achievement. Thank you to the following current members:

THE COUNCIL FOR ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE

The Council for Artistic Excellence recognizes donors who have made significant leadership commitments in support of the 2024 season.

LEADERSHIP CIRCLE $100,000+

Anonymous Donor (1)

Jim Berges & Elizabeth Mannen

Berges & Berges Family Foundation

Robert & Jane Clark

Clayco

Edward Jones

Lelia & David Farr

The Mellon Foundation

Missouri Arts Council

National Endowment for the Arts

Noémi K. Neidorff

Regional Arts Commission

The Saigh Foundation

Ted & Lori Samuels & Samuels Family Fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation

DIRECTORS’ CIRCLE $50,000-$99,999

Anonymous Donor (1)

Bayer Fund

Mrs. Laurance L. Browning, Jr.* & The Pulley Foundation

Kim & Tim Eberlein

THE PATRON PROGRAM

Emerson

Mr. & Mrs. Irl F. Engelhardt & Engelhardt Family Foundation

The Margaret Blanke Grigg Foundation

William T. Kemper Foundation

Dr. Jeanne & Rex Sinquefield

David & Thelma Steward & Steward Family Foundation

Robin & Tim Wentworth

Whitaker Foundation

Roma B. Wittcoff

World Wide Technology Foundation

The Levy Family & Saucy Foundation

Karen & Mont Levy

Penny Pennington & Michael Fidler

Roy Pfautch

Emily Rauh Pulitzer

The Patron Program recognizes donors who make annual gifts of $2,500-$49,999. These donors make possible work at the heart of Opera Theatre’s mission — mainstage productions, education and community engagement programs, and more.

PRODUCTION UNDERWRITER PATRONS $25,000-$49,999

Anonymous Donors (2)

Boniface Foundation

Buckingham Strategic Wealth

Phoebe & Spencer Burke*

Alison & John Ferring & John & Alison Ferring Family Foundation

Edes P. Gilbert

Diane & Paul Jacobson

Bettie S. Johnson

Nancy & Ken Kranzberg

J. David & Lucy S. Levy*

Clemence S. Lieber Foundation

Robert J. Lieber Charitable Trust

William D. Merwin *

OPERA America, Inc.

Pershing Charitable Trust

PNC Arts Alive

Mabel L. Purkerson, M.D.

The Mabel Dorn Reeder FoundationMabel L. Purkerson, M.D., Trustee

John H. Russell

Mary Schoolman & Jim Hinrichs

Stifel

Mary Susman & Tom Herm*

Mr. & Mrs. Mark C. Throdahl

Stephen Trampe & Jenny Gupta*

Washington University

Webster University 

Edward H. & Rosemary Young

Fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation

Ann Ziff

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David & Melanie Alpers

Ameren

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Commerce Bank

Crawford Taylor Foundation

Robert & Jane Feibel

Dorothy & Billy Firestone

Roxanne H. Frank

Edward Chase Garvey Memorial Foundation

David & Angie Hagee

Mrs. William S. Knowles 

Gene Kornblum

MacCarthy Foundation

Marcela Manjarrez

Dr. & Mrs. Robert J. Myerson*

Allen & Merry Richon

SPONSOR PATRONS $10,000-$14,999

Anonymous Donor (1)

Dr. John T. Biggs

Cynthia J. Brinkley

Sara Epstein

Ann Faget*

Keith & Ann Fischer

Richard Gaddes *

Mrs. Ronald A. Holtman

Heather Hunt-Ruddy

Mary Ranken Jordan & Ettie A. Jordan Charitable Foundation

Andrew Jorgensen & Mark Stuart-Smith

Mr. & Mrs. David W. Kemper & Kemper Family Foundation

Gerald M. Kowarsky*

Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Langsam*

John Frank Lesser*

Leigh & Jean Mason

Randy McDonnell & Mr. & Mrs. Sanford N. McDonnell Foundation

Dr. & Mrs. David Meiners

PRODUCER PATRONS $7,500-$9,999

Louis D. Beaumont Fund No. 1 of the St. Louis Community Foundation

Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis

Mr. & Mrs. Robert H. Craft, Jr.

George Yeh ARIA PATRONS $15,000-$24,999

Crystal & Patrick Dallas & Excel Business Concepts

Greg & Prissy Evans

Mrs. Joseph F. Gleason

Elma Kanefield

Pam & Jim Krekeler

Peggy & Don Lents

Liz* & Brian Mischel & Melissa Wohlwend

BENEFACTOR PATRONS $5,000-$7,499

Anonymous Donors (2)

Donna & Harvey Allen

Lee & Alexandra Benham

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen F. Brauer & Brauer Charitable Trust

Lee Broughton & Christine Taylor Broughton

Pamela Buell*

Sara Burke

Professor Adrienne Davis

Bill Dolan & Suzanne Bromschwig Dolan*

Enterprise Holdings Foundation

Enterprise Bank & Trust

Melanie & Anthony Fathman, M.D.

Marti & Bob Fowler

Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Scharff, Jr.*

The St. Louis Trust Company

Ann McFarland Sullins

Franklin F. Wallis*

Nina Coulter Ware

Dr. Virginia V. Weldon & Mr. Francis Austin

Ellen & Bill Yeckley

Adrienne Warren Patton

Georgia C. Pettus

Lee & Nancy Reycraft

Allison W. Roberts

Sondra Schlesinger*

Dr. David Sewall & Mr. Jeff Kapfer

Dr. Amber Simpson & Kenneth Simpson

St. Louis Magazine 

Phoebe Dent Weil*

Sharon & Elliot Zucker*

Jan Paul Richter & Ellen von Seggern Richter

Marsha & William C. Rusnack & Rusnack Family Trust

Annemarie & Matt Schumacher

Thompson Coburn LLP

Rabbi Dr. Jay & Erika  Goldburg*

C. R. Grigg

Dr. Lannis E. Hall

Janet & Andy Hoyne

Phyllis R. Hyken

Carolyn Losos

Sedgwick Mead, Jr. & Catherine Perry

LaVerna Meyer

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Pinnell Foundation

Mr. & Mrs. Rodger Riney & Paula & Rodger Riney Charitable Fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation

Peggy Ritter

Mr. & Mrs.  John R. Roberts

Dr. Mary Anne Rudloff*

PATRONS $2,500-$4,999

Anonymous Donors (3)

William Aitken

Robert C. Anderson

Gailya & John Barker

Tania Beasley-Jolly & William Jolly

Dr. Martin Bell*

Pam Belloli & Dave Shimek

Marie-Hélène Bernard & Douglas Copeland

Rudi J. Bertrand & Paul A. Williams, M.D. 

June R. Bierman

Catherine Binns

Elaine & Harold Blatt

Catherine S. Bollinger

Mary I. Brown

Buron F. Buffkin & Donn Kleinschmidt, M.D.

Linda Burns

Paul & Elissa Cahn

Amanda Trudell Cambridge & Paul Cambridge

Tobie Chapman

Elaine Coe

Mrs. P. Terence Crebs

DM 3 Fund

Dr. & Mrs. Charles Ettelson

Sara & Darryl  Fabick

David C. Farrell  & Farrell Family Fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation

Linda & Bruce Ryder

Mrs. Edward L. Salmon, Jr.

Janice & Stephen Seele

Stephen W. Skrainka, in memory of Linda Skrainka

Barbara & Gene Spector

James V. & Susan S. Stepleton

Alan R. Fiddleman*

Nicole & Keith Freber

Walter & Nancy Galvin

Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Gershman & Gershman Foundation

Ann & Randy Getz

Jan & Ronald Greenberg

Mrs. Gerard K. Gunther, Jr.

Carolyn Henges & Jay Henges Charitable Trust

Arnold & Myrna Hershman*

Gina & Lee Hoagland

Alfred & Marilyn Holtzer

Dr. Alan W. Hopefl

Jeannette R. Huey*

Frank Jacobs & Marylen Mann

W.W. & Anne Jones

Craig & Anne Jorgensen

Barry Kirk & Andrew Martin

Mrs. Newell S. Knight

Stephen E. Kraft

Sally Lefler*

Andrew S. Love

Joe & Alice Maffit

Diane McCullough*

Lisa Mechele

Jack Austin Miller

Moneta Group & Moneta Group Charitable Foundation

John & Christy Nickel

Mary Strauss

Dr. Donald Suggs

Shoshana Tancer

Susan & Ben Uchitelle

Josephine & Richard Weil

Miriam Wilhelm

Susan & David Young

Marti Reichman

Mrs. Robert L. Rosenheim & Rosenheim Charitable Family Foundation

Alan J. Savada & Will Stevenson

Tom & Ulrike Schlafly

Mr. & Mrs. Henry L. Schweich

Kathy Sears, in memory of Sally Levy

Thomas Sehr & Margaret A. Wayne

Linda Seibert

Sudie Shinkle

Eve Simon

Ray M. Simon & Mel Pashea

Mr. & Mrs. V. Raymond Stranghoener

Mr. & Mrs. E. R. Thomas, Jr. & Thomas & Proetz Lumber Co.

Susan & Peter Tuteur

George & Betsy Vogt

Drs. Craig & Terri Weldon

Peter J. Wender

Keith Williamson & Stephanie Williams

James & Barbara Willock

Melissa Wohlwend

YPO St. Louis Chapter

Stuart & Susie Zimmerman

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FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL

Friends of the Festival make generous gifts of $50-$2,499 to support Opera Theatre’s annual operations. These wonderful partners make Opera Theatre’s work possible through generous unrestricted support.

GUARANTORS $1,000-$2,499

Anonymous Donors (2)

Gwen Adams

H. Dieter & Karla Ambos

Susan Frelich Appleton & Robert O. Appleton, Jr.

Tony Bardol

Elizabeth Barnes-Wilson

Anthony Bassett

Mr. & Mrs. Barry Beracha

Sam C. Bertolet & Helen Ziercher

Sharon Biegen & Brian Vandenberg

Sally Brayley Bliss & Jim Connett

Drs. Nanci & James Bobrow

Eugenie R. Bonte

Dr. Michael R. Borts & Dr. Mary Gorman

Dr. & Mrs. Alan Braverman & Alan & Rebecca Braverman Family Foundation

Martha Brewer & Calvin Bentley

Charitable Foundation Trust

Richard Brickson

Ashley Budde-Taylor & Dr. Matthew Taylor

Mr. & Mrs. James Buell

Nelda Carlisle-Gray

Carol Carlson

Dr. Anne Carman

Beverly Clarkson

Vicki & Brian Clevinger

Kwofe Coleman

Dr. & Mrs. Michael Darcy

Dr. Carlos C. Daughaday

Richard M. Dolphus

Mr. & Mrs. Arnold W. Donald & Arnold & Hazel Donald Fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation

Dr. & Mrs. James W. Donnelly

Dr. Majella Doyle & Bob Roth

Sarah Duffy

Dr. & Mrs. Gerald Early

Hope Edison & Julian I. & Hope R. Edison Foundation

Richard L. Egilsrud

Barbara Enneking

Helen Etling

Mr. & Mrs. John Evans III

Janice & Bill Forsyth

Gerard Frankenfeld

Nancy Friedland & James Florczak

Ann M. Fusz*

Ellen M. Fusz*

Mr. & Mrs. Martin E. Galt III & The Jackes Foundation

Dr. James Gandre & Dr. Boris Thomas

Ann Carole Gaspar

Joseph E. Geist

Anne P. Grady

Michael L. & Paula E. Gross

Rik & Gail Hafer

Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Hecker

Kit & Patricia Heffern & Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers

Donna & Robert Heider

Shirley A. Heiman*

Mr. & Mrs. John Hensley

Anne W. Hetlage

Dr. & Mrs. John W. Hubert

Margaret & Martin Israel

Ron Jagels & Tim Bahr

Nanette K. Johnson & Glen N. Yonetani

Wesley Jones & Nancy Ylvisaker

Richard Kalfus

Jean Kennedy

Mark Kent & Jean Hunleth

Richard & Shirley Knight

Susie L. Kopp

Fran & Norman Leve

Ronald Levin

Rosalyn & Charles Lowenhaupt

Mr. & Mrs. John Peters MacCarthy & Ruth Peters MacCarthy Trust

Dr. John E. Mazuski

Mr. & Mrs. Mark McCallum

Pat & Brigid McCauley

Brenda K. Melson

Andrew J. & Roxanne T. Miller

Erie Mills* & Thomas Rescigno

Jane & Steve Mitchell

Alice Montgomery

Mr. & Mrs. James R. Moog

Wilhelm & Ingrid Neuefeind

Dr. & Mrs. Matthew Newman*

Bob & Kara Newmark

Robert & Carol Nordman

Martha C. Nussbaum

Mr. & Mrs. John Oliver

Mr. & Mrs. Tom O'Neal

John Howard Percy

Cindy & Sandy Peters

Dr. Keith I. Polakoff

Harriet & Philip Polster

Lynn Post

Judy & Paul Putzel

Brian Abel Ragen

Susan & John Rava

Heidi & Win Reed

Charles & Marian Rice

Richard Robb

Jane & Bruce Robert

John C. Rorris

John Ross

Philip & Reggie Roy

Ann R. Ruwitch & John Fox Arnold

Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Ruwitch

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Jo-Ellyn M. Ryall, M.D.

Alan & Marilyn Sachs

Saligman Family & The Linda & Harvey Saligman Charitable Foundation

Sara Saul

Damaris Schmitt

Harriet Scholle

Sandy Schonwald

Ann Scheuer

Linda E. Schulte

Dr. Richard Shaw

Drs. Andrey Shaw & Cynthia Florin

Dr. Mim Shelden & Lou Kinsey

Jenny Shifrin

SUPPORTERS

$500-$999

John Ansehl & Timothy Solberg

Linda Apicello

Dr. Jennifer Arch & Robert Arch

Mrs. Walter F. Ballinger II

Stephen & Rebecca Bolen

Jane & Charlie Brader

Dr. & Mrs. Bill Brizzard

Elsbeth Brugger & Gretchen Vender Meulen

Barbara M. Bryant

Brandy Burkhalter

Charles & Katherine Claggett

John Michael Clear & Isabel Marie Bone

Karen Coburn

Missey Condie

Dr. Janet Congdon

Mr. & Mrs. John J. Corbett

Ann M. Corrigan

Joseph E. Corrigan*

Laura & William Courtney

Anthony Cutaia

Cyrano’s 

Diane Dark

Erin Mahony Simon & Jason Simon

Kenneth & Marjorie Smith*

Dr. John Sopuch

Dr. Jamie Spencer & Anna Ahrens

Mary Ann & Andrew Srenco

Bill & Karen Stebelski*

Molly Strassner

J. Kennard Streett

Drs. Elizabeth & Paul Stroble

Dr. Pamela Stuerke*

Mr. & Mrs. Warren G. Sullivan

Peggy Walter Symes

Maria & Philip Taxman

Mary Fathman Thomas

David & Susan Dobmeyer

Quintus L. Drennan, Jr.

Connie Emge

Mary Karen Engel & Mark Engel

Dr. Kathleen Ferrell & Dr. Richard

Brasington 

Gary & Susan Fletcher

Lynne Foote

Don & Darlene Freber

Mary Jane Fredrickson

Casey Gardonio-Foat

Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Garnett

Mr. & Mrs. James Gavin

Elaine Gernstein

Barbara Gervais

Amy & Amrit Gill

Gerald & Dr. Colette Gordon

Dr. & Mrs. Kevin Graepel

Gary Gronau

Steven Harpole

Anna Harris

Virginia E. Heagney & James P. Tobin

Philo Holcomb

Douglas M. & Sherida E. Tollefsen

Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Trapp

Arlie & Eileen Traughber

Rowena B. Van Dyke

Robert & Nancy Wagoner

Barbara & David Ware

Mr. & Mrs. John D. Weil & Pershing Place Foundation

Ellen White

Ted Wight

Barbara McAfee Wohltman

Mr. & Mrs. Richard R. Woods & Heart of Oak Foundation, Inc.

Donna Zoeller

Linda Horne & Daniel Phillips

Margie Horowitz

Marisa Human & Antonio Longrais

Mr. & Mrs. David H. Hutchinson

Thomas Incrocci

Gayle Jackson

Mark Jacobs

Suzanne & Jim Johnson III

Marjorie Eddy Johnson

Mr. & Mrs. Steve Kidwell

Harry Knopf

Paul & Martha LaFata

Laura & Anthony Lancia

Mark & Ginny Lawson

Anh Le & Ryan Kulage

Dr. & Mrs. Frederick Lewis

Kellie J. Mandry

Dr. & Mrs. David Margolis

Lauren V. McGee

Laura & John Meyer

Tisha & Ahmeed Micko

Verla  & Richard J. Mitchell

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Lucy Morris

Michelle Myers

Dianne C. Nichols

O & O Hospitality 

Carolyn & John Odom

Ruth Orth

Dr. Gwendolyn D. Packnett

Mr. & Mrs. Keith Patten

Kimberly Perry

Jeffrey A. Pierce

Lynne Puetz

Mrs. B. Franklin Rassieur, Jr.

Dr. & Mrs. Peter H. Raven

Xiuli Ren

Patricia Rice

Laverne Riebold Moseley & Willard Moseley

CONTRIBUTORS $250-$499

Anonymous Donors (4)

Audrey & Leonard Adreon

Scott Amelung

Lester Anderson

M. J. Aneskievich

Ted & Dr. Carol Ballou

Ronald Bauer

Christy Beckmann & Jim Vykopal

Marcia Bernstein, in memory of Neil Bernstein

Michael G. Biggers

Dr. Ellen F. Binder

Mr. & Mrs. David Bishop

Mrs. Merle N. Blundell

Lynn Bodicky

Kenneth & Ann Bohm

Ellen Bonacorsi

Sharon Bower

Breadsmith 

Joan T. Briccetti

Ralph H. Bruns

Richard & Sujata Buck

Mary Riebold

Leon & Ann Robison

Dr. Carol L. Roslund

Anne Marie Ruhlin

Jennifer A. Sage

Mrs. Gideon H. Schiller

Jerry & Sue Schlichter

Damaris Schmitt

Linda Schwartz

Mr. & Mrs. James Shafter

Drs. Andrey Shaw & Cynthia Florin

Michael & Susan Shaw

Dr. Richard Shaw

Drs. Barry & Marilyn Siegel

Kathleen & William Sitzer

Raymond G. Slavin, M.D.

Jermaine Smith & Family

Daniela Candillari

Rodney & Elaine Carlson

Belinda Carstens-Wickham

Shandy & Kristine Casteel

Christopher Chan

Brian Corry & Sue Arnold

Kathianne & David Crane

Dr. & Mrs. James P. Crane

Cravings Catering & Bakery 

George L. Crow

Rand Dankner

Dr. Debbie Depew & Brad Moore

Robert & Jamie Driver

Kay & Larry Dusenbery

Mary Edwards

Barbara Enneking

Explore St. Louis 

Mary Ferguson

Felicia Foland

Forest Park Forever 

Lance & Marcy Fortnow

Stephen & Kristine Sneeringer

Janet Spencer

Deanna Stevenson

Jennifer Stokes

Alicia Underwood

Vance Urick

Dr. & Mrs. Garry Vickar

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Weinstock

Michael W. Weisbrod

Mr. & Mrs. Matthew J. Wheeler

Kathryn R. White

Gerald Wilemski

Mary Wittry

Douglas & Lynn Yaeger

Dr. & Mrs. Myles Yanta

Bree Yard

Peter & Sally Franzmann

John Gedrick

Marianne Gillis

James Glazier

Deborah J. Goldstein

Marc Goldstein & Elizabeth Zucker

Robert & Catherine Gresick

Susan L. Hahn

Mr. & Mrs. David Halen

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen C. Hall

Mark Halton & Toni Kutchan

Mr. & Mrs. Keith Hamilton

Richard & Susan Hancey*

Glenda Hares

Dr. J. Michael Hatlelid

Dr. Nanette Hegamin

Mr. & Mrs. John Hensley

Michael Herron

Virginia A. Hoeper

Luise N. Hoffman

Kathy Hoffman

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John Hollman

Mark & Peggy Holly

Cathy Hooper

Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence J. Horgan

Ann & Ed Imgrund

Mr. & Mrs. Joel S. Iskiwitch

Silvian Iticovici & Cathy Ifune

Barbara Jenkins

Sharon Price John

Nancy F. Kalishman

Dr. Michelle E. Kemp

Gerry & Ginge Kettenbach

David Kirkland Catering 

Steve & Margie Knapp

Dr. & Mrs. Ira Kodner

Christie Kovac

Jack & Mary LaBarge

Douglas R. Lane

Bob & Marcia Lange

Le Macaron 

Mary Jo & Jerry Liberstein

Brad Liebman

Laurie & Sean Lock

Dr. George A. Lodoly

Melvin Loeb

Cindy & Gregg Lueder

Charles MacKay & Cam McCluskey*

Bruce & Sharon MacKenzie

Dr. Jerald & Jane Maslanko

Michele M. Maue

Mrs. Lansden McCandless, Jr.

MaryAnn McCormick

Mr. & Mrs. Richard McDaniel

Mr. & Mrs.  Hugh A. McGaughy

The McGregor Family

Shawn Merys

Judy & David Milton

Missouri Historical Society 

Mr. & Mrs. Jean-Paul Montupet

Harry & Carol Moppins

Mr. & Mrs. Edward Morris

Ilze Muehlenbachs

June C. Mueller

Larry Mueth

Rose Marie Nester & James Heine

Lee Nickelson & Lynda Dautenhahn

Francis & Peggy Oates

June Pellarin

Gina Pellegrino & Eric Staley

Alan & Dr. Sunny Pervil

Marta & Jorge Pineda

Pin-Up Bowl 

Ann Podleski

Michael Podolsky & Dr. Irina Podolsky

Donald Prahlow

Stanley Ransom*

Mr. & Mrs. Derek K. Rapp

Trevor D. Reese, Jr.

Dr. Valerie Reichert

Larry Rizzello

Ronnoco Coffee LLC 

Larry Rosen

Mitchell & Gina Rotman

John M. Ryan

Joy Ryan

Anthony & Darlene Scaglione

Mark V. Scharff

Whitney Scherr

Maria Schlafly & David Aholt

Leann & Andrew Schuering

Ann Scott

Jim & Jane Shumate

Dr. & Mrs. L.D. Smith

Laurie K. Smith & Gerald L. Shaikun*

John & Nancy Solodar

St. Louis Zoo 

Kevin T. Staley

Gary L. Stansbery

John & Jolly Stewart

Maxine Stone*

Jobie Summers

The Art of Entertaining 

The Initial Design 

Sarah Trulaske

Mr. & Mrs. James von der Heydt

Ellen A. Wallace

Robert W. & Linda Kamp Waugh

Steven Weber

Roy Wehrle & Vonnie Hinesley

Mr. & Mrs. Ted Weinberg

Marlita Weiss

Mei Chen Welland

K. E. Wentzien

Klair White

Beverly Whittington

Jim Wilson

Alan & Susan Witte

Daniel E. Woodward

Jessica M. Wubker

Aleene Zawada

 In Memoriam

 In-kind Gift

* Crescendo Circle member

This list includes contributors who made annual fund gifts before April 1, 2024, and we look forward to acknowledging donors who made a gift after that date on next season’s contributor list.

We regret that donors of less than $250 are not listed due to space limitations. Their generosity is vital to the company’s continued success, and we extend our sincere thanks for their support.

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LOYALTY GIVING

As we celebrate Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ 49th year, we are mindful of the many who have invested in this company’s success. This includes donors who have faithfully supported OTSL every year for the past 20, 30, or even 40 years. Thank you to all the current donors on this list. And to all who have supported the company across the last 49 years, thank you for your loyalty and dedication to our mission!

40+ CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF GIVING

Anonymous Donor (1)

Audrey & Leonard Adreon

David & Melanie Alpers

Lee & Alexandra Benham

Rudi J. Bertrand

June R. Bierman

Mrs. Merle N. Blundell

Phoebe & Spencer Burke

Paul & Elissa Cahn

Mary & Elliott Chubb

Elaine Coe

Mary Diboll

Bill Dolan & Suzanne Bromschwig Dolan

Robert & Jane Feibel

Dorothy & Billy Firestone

Keith & Ann Fischer

Joseph E. Geist

Mrs. Joseph F. Gleason

Rik & Gail Hafer

Arnold & Myrna Hershman

Anne W. Hetlage

Alfred & Marilyn Holtzer

Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence J. Horgan

Phyllis R. Hyken

Margaret & Martin Israel

Mary H. Karr

Richard & Shirley Knight

Harry Knopf

Dr. Stuart Kornfield

Gerald M. Kowarsky

Nancy & Ken Kranzberg

Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Langsam

John Frank Lesser

Fran & Norman Leve

J. David & Lucy S. Levy

Karen & Mont Levy

Carolyn W. Losos

Mrs. Lansden McCandless, Jr.

Hugh A. McGaughy

LaVerna Meyer

Jack Austin Miller

Wilhelm & Ingrid Neuefeind

Mrs. Matthew Newman

Adrienne Warren Patton

Georgia C. Pettus

Laura & Rick Pfeiffer

Mr. & Mrs. J. L. Price

Marti Reichman

Jan Paul Richter & Ellen von Seggern Richter

Mrs. Robert L. Rosenheim

Mr. & Mrs. Alan C. Rosenkoetter

Dr. Mary Anne Rudloff

Ann R. Ruwitch & John Fox Arnold

Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Ruwitch

Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Scharff, Jr.

Jerry & Sue Schlichter

Dr. Mim Shelden & Lou Kinsey

Jim & Jane Shumate

Drs. Barry & Marilyn Siegel

Stephen W. Skrainka

Brian & Jane Smith

James V. & Susan S. Stepleton

J. Kennard Streett

Peggy Walter Symes

Mr. & Mrs. E. R. Thomas, Jr.

Stephen Trampe & Jenny Gupta

Susan & Peter Tuteur

Franklin F. Wallis

Ellen White

Sharon & Elliot Zucker

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Anonymous Donor (1)

Robert C. Anderson

M. J. Aneskievich

Kenneth & Mary Biskup

Eugenie R. Bonte

Ralph H. Bruns

Mr. & Mrs. John J. Corbett

Joseph E. Corrigan

Mrs. P. Terence Crebs

Rand Dankner

Mr. & Mrs. Irl F. Engelhardt

Alison & John Ferring

Janice & Bill Forsyth

Ann M. Fusz

Ellen M. Fusz

Deborah J. Goldstein

Donna & Robert Heider

Jan & Carl Hermann

Luise N. Hoffman

Mrs. Ronald A. Holtman

Diane & Paul Jacobson

Nanette K. Johnson & Glen N. Yonetani

Rosalyn & Charles Lowenhaupt

Dr. John E. Mazuski

Pat & Brigid McCauley

Diane McCullough

Sedgwick Mead, Jr. & Catherine Perry

Dr. & Mrs. Robert J. Myerson

Rose Marie Nester & James Heine

John Howard Percy

20-30 CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF GIVING

Gailya & John Barker

Anthony Bassett

Pam Belloli & Dave Shimek

Michael G. Biggers

Sally Brayley Bliss & Jim Connett

Catherine S. Bollinger

Jane & Charlie Brader

Mary I. Brown

Elsbeth Brugger & Gretchen Vender Meulen

Buron F. Buffkin & Donn Kleinschmidt, M.D.

Mr. & Mrs.

Richard Christenson

Jill Cumming

Mr. & Mrs. Arnold W. Donald

Dr. & Mrs. James W. Donnelly

Sarah Duffy

Kay & Larry Dusenbery

Kim & Tim Eberlein

Hope Edison

Richard L. Egilsrud

Connie Emge

Sara Fabick

Melanie & Anthony Fathman, M.D.

Alan R. Fiddleman

Roxanne H. Frank

Mary Jane Fredrickson

James P. Tobin & Virginia

E. Heagney

Carolyn Henges & Jay Henges

Dr. Alan W. Hopefl

Mr. & Mrs. Alvin Horst

Janet & Andy Hoyne

Marjorie Eddy Johnson

Nancy F. Kalishman

Steve & Margie Knapp

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Kniep

Mrs. Newell S. Knight

Gene Kornblum

Pam & Jim Krekeler

Jack & Mary LaBarge

Douglas R. Lane

William Larson & Christopher Harlow

Mary Jo & Jerry Liberstein

David Linzee

Stanley Ransom

John & Nancy Rice

John C. Rorris

Thomas Sehr & Margaret A. Wayne

Dr. David Sewall & Jeff Kapfer

Drs. Andrey Shaw & Cynthia Florin

Jenny Shifrin

Sudie Shinkle

Dr. & Mrs. L.D. Smith

Dr. Jamie Spencer & Anna Ahrens

Mr. & Mrs. Warren G. Sullivan

George & Betsy Vogt

Phoebe Dent Weil

Marlita Weiss

Peter J. Wender

Melvin Loeb

Iona A. Long-Baldwin

Cindy & Gregg Lueder

Joe & Alice Maffit

Laura & John Meyer

Judy & David Milton

Richard J. Mitchell

Mr. & Mrs. James R. Moog

Jo Anne Morrow

Martha C. Nussbaum

Francis & Peggy Oates

Alan & Dr. Sunny Pervil

Mr. & Mrs. Mike Pishko

Susan & John Rava

Fredric Rissover

Richard Robb

Marsha & William C. Rusnack

John H. Russell

Alan & Marilyn Sachs

Jennifer A. Sage

Kathleen & William Schnyder

Harriet Scholle

Jurgen Skoppek

Kenneth & Marjorie Smith

Dr. John Sopuch

Rabbi Jeffrey & Dr. Arlene Stiffman

Maxine Stone

Mr. & Mrs.

V. Raymond Stranghoener

Mary Strauss

Ann McFarland Sullins

Mary Susman & Tom Herm

Douglas M. & Sherida E.Tollefsen

Arlie & Eileen Traughber

Madge Treeger

Susan & Ben Uchitelle

Rowena B. Van Dyke

Sharon Biegen & Brian Vandenberg

Robert & Nancy Wagoner

Josephine & Richard Weil

Drs. Craig & Terri Weldon

Belinda Carstens-Wickham

Ellen & Bill Yeckley

George Yeh

Stuart & Susie Zimmerman

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30-40 CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF GIVING This list includes current donors who have made a membership level gift ($50+) every year for the past 20 years or more. It reflects the best of our knowledge, but it may not be perfect across 40 years of records. If we have missed you or someone you know, please reach out to the Development team at (314) 963-4228, and we will correct future lists.
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THE GOLDEN CIRCLE:

MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS TO THE ENDOWMENT

Opera Theatre’s high standards of performance and, indeed, the company’s survival in the future depend on building a substantial endowment. To ensure the quality of this institution for succeeding generations, individuals, foundations, and corporations in the Golden Circle have made major gifts to Opera Theatre’s endowment fund. For their commitment to the company’s continued artistic excellence and community service, we express our deepest gratitude.

DONORS OF $1,000,000 & ABOVE

Anonymous Donors (3)

Phyllis Brissenden 

Mr.  & Mrs. Laurance L. Browning, Jr.

Salvatore  & Dagnija  Comado

The Ford Foundation

Mr.  & Mrs.  Harvard K. Hecker & The Hecker Family Charitable Fund

Ann Lee  & Will  Konneker

Sally S. Levy  & the Levy Family

David W. Mesker 

DONORS OF $500,000-$999,999

Anonymous Donor (1)

Rex  & Phyllis  Brown

Susan Brown 

Rudolph W. Driscoll  / The Driscoll Foundation

Mr.  & Mrs.  E. Desmond Lee

DONORS OF $250,000-$499,999

Jim Berges & Elizabeth Mannen

Berges & The Berges Family Foundation

Adelaide Cherbonnier 

Emerson

David & Lelia Farr

Dr.  & Mrs.  Leigh Gerdine

Margaret B. Grigg 

Dorothy Kelley 

Mr.  & Mrs.  L. Max Lippman, Jr.

Sarah Bryan Miller 

Mr.  & Mrs.  Reuben M. Morriss III

Robert W. Schaefer 

DONORS OF $100,000-$249,999

Anonymous Donors (4)

Mrs. Norris H. Allen 

Paul M. Arenberg 

Barry Family Trust

Bayer Fund & Monsanto Fund

Gertrude & William A. Bernoudy Foundation

Ruth Palmer Blanke 

Mr. & Mrs. Donald L. Bryant, Jr.

Gertrude B. Busch 

Mr.  & Mrs.  William H.T. Bush

Margaret Crumpacker, M.D. 

The Robert H. & Lorraine F. Duesenberg Foundation

Mrs. Ernest A. Eddy, Jr. 

Enterprise Holdings Foundation

Clark & Jeanette Gamble Trust

Colin Graham, O. B. E. 

Mr. & Mrs. Anthony L. Guerrerio

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation

William T. Kemper Foundation

Mr.  & Mrs.  Stanley Lopata

Mrs. Charles W. Lorenz 

Morton J. May Foundation

Mr.  & Mrs.  Sanford N. McDonnell

Mr.  & Mrs.  William B. McMillan, Jr.

The Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation –Mabel L. Purkerson, M.D., Trustee

The Saigh Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts

Noémi & Michael  Neidorff

David & Thelma Steward & The Steward Family Foundation

Jack C. Taylor 

Fred J. Wehrle, Jr. 

Whitaker Foundation

Dr. Richard D. Yoder 

Arthur Osver  & Ernestine Betsberg Osver 

Mr.  & Mrs.  Emmanuel C. Paxhia

Emily Rauh Pulitzer

Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Scharff, Jr.

Mrs. William H. Sheffield 

Dr. Jeanne & Rex Sinquefield

Mrs. Leif J. Sverdrup 

Mr.  & Mrs.  Monte Throdahl

Janet McAfee Weakley 

Professor Emeritus

Charles M. Weiss 

Marjorie Wyman 

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Our thanks to the endowment donors of less than $100,000, whose gifts are vital to Opera Theatre's continued success. We regret that these donors could not be listed due to space limitations. In Memoriam
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CRESCENDO CIRCLE

Members of the Crescendo Circle help secure Opera Theatre’s commitment to artistic excellence, innovative programming, and fiscal stability by making provisions for OTSL in their estate plans or by establishing life income arrangements naming the company as a beneficiary. Thanks to their support, the quality you experience today will be enjoyed by future generations of operagoers.

By informing us of your planned gift, you will be included as a member of this important group of friends. To learn more about planned gift opportunities or to arrange to speak with a member of Opera Theatre’s Planned Giving Advisory Council, please contact Linda Schulte, Director of Development & Campaign Strategy, at (314) 9634227 or lschulte@opera-stl.org. All inquiries are strictly confidential.

WITH UTMOST GRATITUDE, OPERA THEATRE ACKNOWLEDGES

THE MEMBERS OF THE CRESCENDO CIRCLE

Anonymous Donors (4)

Susan Ahl

Dr. & Mrs.  Martin Bell

Virginia Benson 

Robert A. Bilzing

Delores J. Blehm 

Rex & Phyllis  Brown

Susan Brown 

Mrs. Laurance L. Browning, Jr.

Pamela Buell

Phoebe & Spencer Burke

Carolyn Kehlor Carr

Earl Charvet

Salvatore & Dagnija  Comado

Mrs. James Corrigan

Joseph E. Corrigan

Irene Cortinovis

Terry E. Crow

Charles G. Dennis 

William Dolan & Suzanne Bromschwig Dolan

Ann Faget

Alan R. Fiddleman

Ann M. Fusz

Ellen M. Fusz

Richard Gaddes 

David R. Ganz

Rabbi Dr. Jay & Erika  Goldburg

Dr. Richard C. Hancey

Shirley A. Heiman

Mr. & Mrs. Arnold Hershman

Jane House

Jeannette R. Huey

Amy Kaiser

Dorothy Kelley

Gerald M. Kowarsky

Michael Kramer

George B. Kyle

Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Langsam

Sally Gene Lefler

John Frank Lesser

Mr. & Mrs. J. David Levy, Jr.

Barry Arthur Litwin

Charles MacKay

Helen McCallie

Cameron A. McCluskey

Diane McCullough

Erie Mills & Tom Rescigno

Liz Mischel

Dr. & Mrs. Robert J. Myerson

Dr.  & Mrs. Matthew Newman

Timothy & Kara Graziano O’Leary

Peggy Otto

Stanley Ransom

Dr. Mary Anne Rudloff

Joy Ryan

Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Scharff, Jr.

Sondra Schlesinger

Mr.  & Mrs. Arthur Seltzer

Cynthia Shaw 

Mr.  & Mrs. Donald J. Sher

H. M. Siegfried  & Dr. Monica Minkoff Siegfried

Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth R. Smith, Jr.

Laurie K. Smith & Gerald L. Shaikun

Mrs. James P. Stearns

Bill & Karen Stebelski

Maxine Stone

Pamela S. Stuerke

Mary Susman & Tom Herm

Isolde Thalmann

Dr. Patrick R. Thomas

Stephen L. Trampe & Jenny Gupta

Franklin F. Wallis

Phoebe Dent Weil

Sharon & Elliot Zucker

 In Memoriam

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DONORS TO THE 2023–2024 TRIBUTE FUND

Opera Theatre gratefully acknowledges the following gifts to the Tribute Fund in honor/memory of the following special individuals.

In Honor of Harold & Elaine Blatt Matter Family Office

In Honor of Brittainy Brown

Rick Fortner

In Memory of Rebecca Browne

Luise N. Hoffman

In Memory of John R. Buckley

Sarah & Michael David Smith

In Honor of Phoebe & Spencer Burke

John Ross

Ann Scott

In Memory of Robert Craft

Stacey Bregenzer

Nicole & Keith Freber

Noémi Neidorff

Jan Paul Richter & Ellen von Seggern Richter

Franklin F. Wallis

In Honor of OTSL Docents

Ethical Society of St. Louis

In Memory of Darryl Fabick

Robert & Jane Feibel

Phyllis R. Hyken

Bob Kaemmerlen

Noémi Neidorff

Jan Paul Richter & Ellen von Seggern Richter

Kenneth & Marjorie Smith

Cay Sullivan

Mary Susman & Tom Herm

Rowena B. Van Dyke

Margaret Wald

Mary Jane Whaley

Sharon & Elliot Zucker

In Honor of Bob Feibel

Dr. Jennifer Arch & Robert Arch

Dr. Martin J. Bell

Dr. & Mrs. James H. Epstein

Mrs. Edward E. Etheredge

Nicole & Keith Freber

Phyllis Goldberg

Mr. & Mrs. Joel S. Iskiwitch

Barbara Lewington

Marcia B. Mellitz

Dr. & Mrs. Gary Ratkin

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Schraibman

Mary Susman & Tom Herm

Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence A. Taylor

Sharon & Elliot Zucker

In Memory of Mary Feldmeier

John G. Carroll

Jim Hone

Mr. & Mrs. Roger Robards

In Honor of Allison Felter

Marilyn E. Votaw

In Honor of Dorothy & Billy Firestone

Miriam Wilhelm

In Memory of Richard Gaddes

Mrs. Edward E. Etheredge

Robert & Jane Feibel

Mrs. Stanley J. Goodman

Charles MacKay & Cam McCluskey

Patrica McKinnis

Nedra & Richard Matteucci

Noémi Neidorff

Marianna M. Newirth

Georgia C. Pettus

Jan Paul Richter & Ellen von Seggern Richter

Allison Swenson

Rita & David Wells

Kathryn R. White

In Honor of Ella Heigham

Phyllis R. Roberts

In Honor of Emilie Hensley

Mr. & Mrs. John Hensley

In Honor of Gina Hoagland

Marc Goldstein & Elizabeth Zucker

In Honor of Lee Kaufman

Sharon & Elliot Zucker

In Honor of Richard & Shirley Knight

Nancy Birge

In Honor of Gene Kornblum

Paul & Elissa Cahn

In Memory of Dianne Lazaroff

Mr. & Mrs. Scott Harris

Mr. & Mrs. Mark M. Wenner

In Honor of Wellington Lemmer

Laura Havranek

In Honor of Mont & Karen Levy

Elinore Weinhaus

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In Honor of Marcela Manjarrez

Sarah S. Bernard

Mary Karen Engel & Mark Engel

Ellen Franzel

Mary Franzen

Nicole Ambos Freber

Miran Halen

Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Johnson

Sandy McBride

Christine Polk

Loree Rowe

Linda E. Schulte

In Memory of Grace McGaughy

Shirley A. Heiman

In Memory of Sarah Bryan Miller

Mary Edwards

In Memory of William C. Morris

Charles MacKay & Cam McCluskey

In Honor of Noémi Neidorff

Dr. & Mrs. Alan Braverman

Dr. James Gandre & Dr. Boris Thomas

In Honor of Kevin Nicoletti

Sean Ringey

In Honor of Gretchen O’Neal

Paul & Elissa Cahn

Mr. & Mrs. Ed Feutz

In Memory of

Bob Packman

Kathy Berg

Glenn Mitchell

Noémi Neidorff

John Howard Percy

Mr. & Mrs. Brian Spanel

In Honor of Patricia Racette & Beth Clayton

Beth

W.W. & Anne Jones

In Memory of Maynord Rosen

Larry Rosen

In Honor of Lori Samuels

Wesley Jones & Nancy Ylvisaker

In Memory of Charla Sausele

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Sausele

In Honor of Mary Schoolman & Jim Hinrichs

Nicole & Keith Freber

In Memory of John Sheridan

Arlie & Eileen Traughber

In Memory of Moisy Shopper

Shirley A. Heiman

Sharon & Elliot Zucker

In Honor of Jamie Spencer

Kate S. Pitman

In Honor of Ann Sullins

Carol Carlson

Nicole & Keith Freber

Lea Virtel

In Memory of Dr. Stephen Waltman

Gillian Waltman

In Honor of Roma Wittcoff

Shelley Berger

Noémi Neidorff

In Memory of Tani Wolff

Nila Whitfield

The list of Opera Theatre contributors was complete at press time and indicates those who made tribute fund gifts before April 1, 2024. Donors who made gifts later will be recognized during the 2025 Festival Season. To honor or remember a loved one, please call (314) 963-4228 or visit us online at ExperienceOpera.org/Tributes.

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Led by Crystal Allen Dallas and Marcela Manjarrez, the Intermezzo Society is dedicated to supporting and celebrating new voices in opera. Members discover new artists, attend social events, and enjoy behind-the scenes access — all while making new connections throughout the St. Louis community.

Membership starts at $600 ($50 per month) and includes complimentary tickets to four events throughout the year: a Winter Brunch in January, A Toast to Opera in March, Intermezzo Society Night at the Opera in June, and a Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in September.

Membership is also open to any current donor of Opera Theatre who has given $600 or more in the past year. Intermezzo Society membership may impact the tax-deductibility of your gift. For more information or to sign up, please email intermezzo@ opera-stl.org.

CO-CHAIRS

Crystal Allen Dallas & Marcela Manjarrez

MEMBERS

Pam Belloli & Dave Shimek

Sam C. Bertolet & Helen Ziercher

Ashley Budde-Taylor & Dr. Matthew Taylor

Brandy Burkhalter

Amanda Trudell Cambridge & Paul Cambridge

Laura & William Courtney

Crystal Allen Dallas & Patrick Dallas

Diane Dark

Connie Emge

Mary Karen Engel & Mark Engel

Dr. & Mrs. Charles Ettelson

Sara Fabick

Casey Gardonio-Foat

Barbara Gervais

Amy & Amrit Gill

David & Angie Hagee

Steven Harpole

Margaret & Martin Israel

Laura & Anthony Lancia

Mark & Ginny Lawson

Anh Le & Ryan Kulage

Kellie J. Mandry

Marcela Manjarrez

Kimberly R. McAllister

Diane McCullough

Tisha & Ahmeed Micko

Liz & Brian Mischel

Michelle Myers

Dianne C. Nichols

Lynne Puetz

Gwendolyn Packnett

Xiuli Ren

Allison W. Roberts

Ann Marie Ruhlin

Mrs. Edward L. Salmon, Jr.

Annemarie & Matt Schumacher

Linda Seibert

Dr. Amber Simpson & Kenneth Simpson

Mary Ann & Andrew Srenco

J. Kennard Streett

Alicia Underwood

Rowena B. Van Dyke

Bree Yard

George Yeh

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Top from L to R : Jesús Vicente Murillo, Maribell Smith, and Alicia Underwood at A Toast to Opera, 2024. Bottom from L to R : Andrew Jorgensen with Intermezzo Society Co-Chairs Marcela Manjarrez and Crystal Allen Dallas at A Toast to Opera, 2024. Photos © Macy White
This list includes membership as of April 19, 2024. We look forward to acknowledging new members who joined after that date on next season’s Intermezzo list.

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Under the leadership of Gala Chairs Gina Hoagland and Marcela Manjarrez, the May 11th gala raised over $900,000 in support of accessible arts experiences for all ages, living wages for artists in our community, and OTSL’s performances that bring acclaim to our city.

Community and business leaders celebrated at Clayton’s new Commerce Bank Tower. We are deeply grateful to Commerce Bank and Husch Blackwell for providing such an exciting location for the event.

This year’s gala featured performances from 2024 Festival Season artists Emily Pogorelc and Moisés Salazar, along with a special appearance from Katerina Burton.

Opera Theatre is profoundly grateful to the following donors for their support of the 2024 Spring Gala:

PRESENTING SPONSORS

BENEFACTORS

PRODUCERS & PATRONS

Cynthia J. Brinkley

Commerce Bank

Crystal & Patrick Dallas

VENUE HOSTS

Noémi K. Neidorff

LEAD SPONSORS

Lori & Ted Samuels

SUSTAINER

Lelia & David Farr

Penny Pennington & Mike Fidler

Dr. Jeanne & Rex Sinquefield

UNDERWRITERS

Phoebe & Spencer Burke

Nancy & Ken Kranzberg

Karen & Mont Levy

Marcela Manjarrez

Dr. David Sewall & Mr. Jeff Kapfer

Stephen Trampe & Jenny Gupta

Jim Berges & Elizabeth

Mannen Berges

Kim & Tim Eberlein

Robin & Tim Wentworth

Edward Jones

Alan R. Fiddleman

Kit & Patricia Heffern

Andrew Jorgensen & Mark Stuart-Smith

Gene Kornblum

J. David & Lucy S. Levy

Liz & Brian Mischel

John & Christy Nickel

Linda & Bruce Ryder

Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Scharff, Jr.

Tom & Ulrike Schlafly

Mary Schoolman & Jim Hinrichs

Annemarie & Matt Schumacher

Linda Seibert

Mr. & Mrs. V. Raymond Stranghoener

Dr. Donald Suggs

Ann McFarland Sullins

Mr. & Mrs. Warren G. Sullivan

Special thanks to the following individuals and organizations for making this event possible.

Erika Fogelstrom

Cole Frizzo

Casie Galczynski

Kala Gebhard

Jenny Hoelzer

Travis Kuhl

Kristen Lewis

Jack Rushen

List complete as of April 11, 2024. We regret the omission of anyone who contributed after this deadline.

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2024 SPRING GALA: A STARLIT NIGHT

NATIONAL PATRONS COUNCIL

Opera Theatre’s National Patrons Council is a group of generous friends from around the country who encourage ongoing national support of OTSL.

The guidance and perspective of National Patrons Council members are important resources for Opera Theatre, helping the company better define key issues and trends in the field. Council members guide OTSL’s efforts to achieve enhanced artistic quality, to raise the company’s national profile, and to advance outstanding young American artists.

National Patrons Council members enjoy special benefits throughout the year, including a dedicated weekend of exclusive events during the Festival Season, involvement in strategic planning questions, and company updates from Opera Theatre leadership. Membership is available with an annual gift of $2,500, with additional levels of support available at $5,000 (NPC Gold Circle) and $7,500 (NPC Platinum Circle).

We are always interested in expanding the Opera Theatre family. If you would like to join this group of dedicated supporters, we would love to speak with you about this opportunity. Please contact Linda Schulte, Director of Development & Campaign Strategy, at (314) 963-4227 or lschulte@opera-stl.org.

Opera Theatre is deeply grateful for the support of the following National Patrons Council, NPC Gold Circle, and NPC Platinum Circle members.

CHAIRS

COUNCIL MEMBERS

Mr. & Mrs. Donald L. Bryant, Jr. California

Bill Dolan & Suzanne Bromschwig Dolan Oregon

Robert H. Duesenberg Missouri

Ann Faget Texas

John Forestner & Brad Alford Texas

Mr.  & Mrs. Robert H. Craft, Jr. Washington, D.C.  In Memoriam

Diane & Paul Jacobson Minnesota

Marilyn Meeker Michigan

Ellen von Seggern Richter & Jan Paul Richter Maryland

Marsha & William C. Rusnack California

Alan Jay Savada & Will Stevenson Washington, D.C.

Sondra Schlesinger California

Kathy Sears Washington, D.C.

Eve Simon Nebraska Shoshana Tancer Arizona

Drs. Craig & Terri Weldon Missouri

Susan Staley Young California

Sharon & Elliot Zucker Missouri

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Members of Opera Theatre’s NPC come from around the nation, and gather annually in St. Louis. Photo courtesy of Mr. & Mrs. Robert H. Craft, Jr.

IN MEMORIAM

may the tide that is entering even now the lip of our understanding carry you out beyond the face of fear may you kiss the wind then turn from it certain that it will love your back may you open your eyes to water water waving forever and may you in your innocence sail through this to that

— blessing the boats (at st. mary’s), Lucille Clifton

David Berland

Gil Bickel

Lillian Boly

Dr. Richard Brasington

Becky Browne

Grace Bumbry

Robert H. Craft, Jr.

Charles Dennis

Michael W. Drake

Richard Duesenberg

Darryl Fabick

David Farrell

Mary Feldmeier

Jean M. Fisher

Marilyn Fox

Warren French

Richard Gaddes

Roger Goldman

Milton Hieken

Dr. Ken Holmes

Lesley Incandela

Lesley Knowles

Shirley Kronemer

Sharon Lapin

Harold Lazaroff

Chau Thanh Minh

Donald Levin

Thomas Martin

Grace McGaughy

Verla Mitchell

Kathleen Moenster

Annabelle Nigus

Dr. Robert Packman

Emilio Pagoulatos

Georgia Prstojevich

Barbara Roberts

Stewart Robertson

Henry Schweich

Judy Scott

Suzanne Sessions

Cynthia Shaw

Dr. Virginia Sue Taylor

Mark Templeton

James Van Sant

Denny Wedemeyer

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Opera Theatre’s Community Engagement & Inclusion Council first began in 2011 as the “Engagement & Inclusion Task Force,” an informal network of supporters and volunteers who came together to promote interfaith dialogue around the staging of John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer. In the fall of 2012, the group formalized its commitment to helping Opera Theatre grow an audience that more fully reflects the rich diversity of the St. Louis region. It was renamed in 2022 to make clear its enduring role in advising Opera Theatre’s community work.

The Council represents community leaders and advocates from all walks of life, who share the belief that by bringing audiences from diverse backgrounds together to share a common operatic experience, we build community, create opportunities for dialogue, and ultimately, strengthen our region.

MEMBERS OF THE 2023–2024

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & INCLUSION COUNCIL

Sara Burke

Philip Deitch

Lisette Dennis

Vickie M. Denson

Kim Eberlein

Caroline Fan

Dr. C.J. Harlan

Magan M. Harms

Naretha Hopson

Marcela Manjarrez

Kimberly Morton

Maria Taxman

Emily Underwood

If you are interested in joining the Community Engagement & Inclusion Council, please contact Nicole Freber, Managing Director, at (314) 963-4222 or nambos@opera-stl.org.

YOUNG FRIENDS STEERING COMMITTEE

Opera Theatre’s Young Friends program was formed in 2009 to expand the next generation’s interest in opera through vibrant events that combine arts performances, culinary experiences, and networking opportunities.

Building upon the success and popularity of Opera Theatre’s in-season Young Friends events, the Steering Committee is a volunteer-based group of young professionals who guide OTSL’s efforts to discover and inspire other young arts lovers. By serving as ambassadors for OTSL among their friends and professional networks, the Steering Committee is instrumental in helping the company reach new audiences year-round.

To learn about this year’s in-season Young Friends events, see page 13.

MEMBERS OF THE 2023–2024

YOUNG FRIENDS STEERING COMMITTEE

Ashley Budde-Taylor

Chair

Ryan Niehaus

Vice-Chair of Recruitment

Casey Gardonio-Foat

Vice-Chair of Season Events

Rebecca Buffington

Paul Cambridge & Amanda Trudell Cambridge

Patrick Dallas

John F. Herget IV

Teresa Lane

Kaitlin N. Page

Christina Rios

Miriam Ruiz

If you are interested in joining the Young Friends Steering Committee, please contact Anh Le, Director of Marketing & PR, at (314) 963-4294 or ale@opera-stl.org.

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OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS GUILD

The volunteers of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Guild provide vital support for OTSL’s festival season, community and education programs, special events, and off-season activities. OTSL’s volunteers are dedicated and innovative, adapting to virtual platforms and utilizing digital resources whenever needed, all with great aplomb. Their versatility enables the Guild to provide invaluable support and connections, and strengthens the company’s programs in the community.

Guild Volunteers provide transportation, housing, and welcome bags for our artists, publish bi-annual newsletters, staff the lobby boutique, advocate for the arts to legislators, give talks to schools and adult education groups, provide support for dress rehearsals and performances, edit opera libretti, help staff community events, offer administrative support in the main offices, and much more.

Learn more about volunteering at OTSL by visiting ExperienceOpera.org/Volunteer or contacting Tyler McKenzie, Manager of Volunteer Engagement, at (314) 963-4225 or tmckenzie@opera-stl.org.

Since the company’s founding, Opera Theatre has been able to rely on the unwavering support, dedication, and passion of the Guild. Our heartfelt thanks to each volunteer.

GUILD EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

PRESIDENT Linda Seibert

PRESIDENT-ELECT

Janice Seele

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Sara Fabick

SECRETARY

Patricia Codden

COMMITTEE CHAIRS

ADVOCACY

Diane McCullough

ARTISTS-IN-TRAINING

Mark Kent

Beverly Whittington

BOUTIQUE

Gerry Frankenfeld

Susie Hahn

CONCIERGE

Margie Knapp

Harry Moppins

DOCENTS

Gwen Adams

Rose Nester

Kathleen Sitzer

TREASURER

Gerry Frankenfeld

ADVISORS

Gailya Barker

Ann Fusz

Ellen Fusz

Janet Hoyne

Mary Susman

Peggy Walter Symes

Bob Wagoner

DRESS REHEARSAL REFRESHMENTS

Harriet Scholle

Cay Sullivan

DRESSERS, SUPERS, & LIGHTWALKERS

Ann Fusz

Ellen Fusz

GREETERS

Gail Hafer

Mark Scharff

GUILD EVENTS

Gloria Park

GUILD RECRUITMENT

Sara Fabick

VICE PRESIDENT OF ARTISTIC SUPPORT

Janice Seele

VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Harriet Scholle

VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBERSHIP

Gail Hafer

GUILD RELATIONS

Deanna Stevenson

HISTORIANS

Patricia Codden

Casey Gardonio-Foat

HOUSING

Janice Seele

LIBRETTI

Ellen Richter

Jan Richter

George Yeh

MARKETING

Kay Whittington

MET AUDITIONS

Connie Emge

Gerry Frankenfeld

NEWSLETTER

Jane Brader

Deanna Stevenson

OFFICE SUPPORT

Sara Fabick

SPOTLIGHT ON OPERA

Eugenie Bonte

Damaris Schmitt

TEMPOS

Connie Emge

TRANSPORTATION

Steve Seele

Elliot Zucker

VOLUNTEER RECORDS

Steve Knapp

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THE VOLUNTEER SUPPORT GROUP OF OPERA THEATRE

Gwen Adams

Susan Adams

Lenessa Age

Anna Ahrens

Paige Alyssa

Darwin Aquino

Lekha Bala

Gailya Barker

John Barker

Betsy Barnes-Wilson

Victor Barrios

Tania Beasley-Jolly

Martin Bell

Pamela Belloli

James Berges

Laura Bezona

Lynn Bodicky

Eugenie Bonte

Celia Bouchard

Allison Bowers

Geoff Bowers

Jane Brader

Kimmy Brauer

Stephen Brauer

Marilyn Brickson

Cindy Brinkley

Be.Be Brown

Anna Buckner

Ashley Budde-Taylor

Rebecca Buffington

Buron Buffkin

Dwayne Buggs

Spencer Burke

Phoebe Burke

Sara Burke

Tim Burnham

Amanda Cambridge

Paul Cambridge

Carol Carlson

Anne Carman

Tiélere Cheatem

Pat Church

Jane Clark

Kyle Clark

Robert Clark

Beverly Clarkson

Patricia Codden

Louis Colombo

Lyna Colombo

Janet Congdon

Laura Cooper

Ann Corrigan

Michaeleen Cradock

Jamison Craft

Robert Craft 

Karen Crebs

Jill Cumming

Crystal Dallas

Patrick Dallas

Jim Daues

Adrienne Davis

Philip Deitch

Michelle DeMumbrane

Lisette Dennis

Vickie Denson

Mary Desloge

Ann Divine

Arnold Donald

Noreen D’Souza

Richard Duesenberg

Sally Eaton

Kim Eberlein

Timothy Eberlein

Fay Eckert

Holly Eggert

Connie Emge

Sue Engelhardt

Cecily Erker

Helen Etling

Sara Fabick

Caroline Fan

David Farr

Lelia Farr

Anthony Fathman

Melanie Fathman

Jane Feibel

Robert Feibel

Alan Fiddleman

Dorothy Firestone

Ann Fischer

Vincent Flewellen

Gerard Frankenfeld

Mary Franzen

Barbara Fraser

Marie Furrer

Ann Fusz

Ellen Fusz

Richard Gaddes 

Casey Gardonio-Foat

Anne Gerst

Ann Getz

Randy Getz

Edes Gilbert

Mary Gordon

Sol Guber

Delores Guyton

Gail Heyne Hafer

Rik Hafer

Angie Hagee

David Hagee

Susie Hahn

Lannis Hall

Sally Hanson

Angela Harlan

C.J. Harlan

Magan Harms

Sara Hasz

Patricia Heffern

Robert Heider

Shirley Heiman

John Herget IV

Tom Herm

Michael Herron

Arnold Hershman

Myrna Hershman

Victoria Herwig

Britny Hill

Gina Hoagland

Virginia Hoeper

Neil Hoffsten

Mark Holly

Peggy Holly

Ken Holmes

Diane Holt

Maggie Holtman

Ann Holton

Jim Holton

Naretha Hopson

Stephen

Houldsworth

Jane House

Andrew Hoyne

Janet Hoyne

Lee Ann Huckaby

Jeannette Huey

Laura Huff

Kaylee Hughes

Marilyn Humiston

Heather Hunt-Ruddy

Phyllis Hyken

Chakita Jackson

Glenn Jackson

Ingeborg Jackson

Dorothy Jackson-Durity

Franklin Jacobs

Laura Jarasek

Bettie Johnson

James Johnson

Jessica Kaiser

Richard Kammenzind

Patricia Kaplan

Heather Kartal

Mark Kent

Barry Kirk

Donn Kleinschmidt

Margie Knapp

Steve Knapp

Joanne Kohn

Eugene Kornblum

Kenneth Kranzberg

James Krekeler

Pamela Krekeler

Shirley Kronemer

Bill Kumke

Anthony Lancia

Douglas Lane

Teresa Lane

William Lawler

Grace Lee

Sally Lefler

John Lesser

J. David Levy

Karen Levy

Lucy Levy

Mont Levy

Cora Lippi

Andrew Love

Charles MacKay

Betsy Mahoney

Pamela Mahoney

Elizabeth Mahony

Kellie Mandry

Marcela Manjarrez

Susan Markovich

Nancy Marron

Andrew Martin

Roz Marx

Helen McCallie

Diane McCullough

Meridith McKinley

Kara Mealer

Marilyn Meeker

Susan Mello

Ezra Meyer

Karen Miller

Carl Mitchell

Eliza Mitchell

Ursula Moeller

Jessica Moore

Carol Moppins

Harry Moppins

Jim Morrell

Kimberly Morton

Sheryl Moschner

Judy Muckerman

Vimal Nair

Noémi K. Neidorff

Rose Marie Nester

Ingrid Neuefeind

James Nicholson

Ryan Niehaus

Melany Nitzsche

Tammy O’Donnell

Carol O’Keefe

Kristen O’Keefe

Regis O’Keefe

Kaitlin Page

Sue Paster

Douglas Pedersen

June Pellarin

Kathy Petersen

Georgia Pettus

Barbara Piper Green

Kevin Raines

Meryl Raines

Win Reed

Patricia RiceHellmuth

Ellen Richter

Jan Paul Richter

Christina Rios

Allison Roberts

Brenda Rodi

Charles Rodi

John Rorris

Robert Ruddy

Ann Marie Ruhlin

Miriam Ruiz

John Russell

Kéelin Russell

Jo-Ellyn Ryall

Sharon Ryan

Lori Samuels

Chris Saulter

Mark Scharff

Robert Scharff

Christine Scherzinger

Christopher Schmid

Damaris Schmitt

Harriet Scholle

Janice Seele

Stephen Seele

Linda Seibert

Jason Sellers

Charles Shannon

Joseph Shepard

Sudie Shinkle

Anne Shultz

James Shumate

Jane Shumate

Anna Simms

Rex Sinquefield

Kathleen Sitzer

Kenneth Smith

Marjorie Smith

Gene Spector

Jamieson Spencer

Janet Spencer

Linda Stark

Kirk Stein

Caitlin Stephen

Deanna Stevenson

Thelma Steward

Raymond Stranghoener

Donald Suggs

Ann Sullins

Cay Sullivan

Mary Susman

Peggy Symes

Pamela Tapsell

Maria Taxman

Phillip Taxman

Elise Tegtmeyer

Jacqueline Thompson

Mark Throdahl

Sudie Throdahl

Alonzo Townsend

Stephen Trampe

Eileen Traughber

Emily Underwood

Rowena Van Dyke

Linda Vandivort

Nancy Wagoner

Robert Wagoner

Franklin Wallis

Robert Waugh

Phoebe Weil

Michael Weisbrod

Keith Welsh

Robin Wentworth

Tim Wentworth

Beverly Whittington

Kay Whittington

Asa Wild

Cathie Wille

Gerald Wille

Anne Williams

Anne L. Williams

Diane Wilson

Tina Wisdom

Roma Wittcoff

Alan Witte

Philip Woodmore

Roslyn Wylie

Rick Yakimo

George Yeh

Jessie Youngblood

Nancy Zander

Elliot Zucker

Sharon Zucker

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 In
Memoriam

volunteer extraordinaire GERRY FRANKENFELD

Gerry Frankenfeld lights up a room with his warmth, genuine kindness, and love for opera. As one of Opera Theatre’s most loyal and beloved volunteers, he embodies the spirit of community and friendship that sets our company apart.

Gerry is part of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Guild, a volunteer group that is the envy of opera companies around the world. Soon after joining the Guild in 2012, Gerry accepted an invitation to join the Guild’s Board and later joined the Guild’s Executive Committee as Treasurer.

Gerry can regularly be seen welcoming guests to Opera Theatre gardens in his role as a greeter — often sporting a fun, colorful bowtie — or supporting the Metropolitan Opera’s Laffont Competition as co-chair of the Guild’s Met Auditions Committee. Behind the scenes, Gerry also helps to welcome artists to St. Louis. He provides rides for the artists upon their arrival, houses them during their stay, offers rides back to the airport, and follows their careers, often attending their performances at other opera companies, no matter how far away!

Gerry fell in love with the arts long before his involvement with Opera Theatre. Music was always present in his childhood; his father played pipe organ and piano, and Gerry grew up playing violin and cello. He was a vocal music major in college and taught music for 14 years in his hometowns of Trenton and Washington, Missouri. Gerry went on to a career in sales and his success in that field is no surprise, given his remarkable ability to quickly convert strangers to friends — a talent that we see in full force every opera season!

Gerry does not hesitate to answer a call for volunteers and puts a smile on every face along the way. His willingness and excitement to serve as the next Boutique Merchandiser is the perfect example of his steadfast support for OTSL, the Guild, and the community. When asked about favorite memories from his time with the Opera Theatre Guild, he stated, “It’s been one big happy memory.” His response truly captures his love for life,

people, and the arts. The next time you are strolling through the gardens prior to a performance or shopping the Boutique, feel free to introduce yourself to Gerry. We are so grateful for his leadership and warm presence at Opera Theatre!

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JOHN ADAMS

Nixon in China, 2004

The Death of Klinghoffer, 2011

DOMINICK ARGENTO

The Boor, 1980 (Regional touring production)

Miss Havisham’s Fire, 2001 (Premiere of a new performing version)

PETER ASH

The Golden Ticket, 2010 (World premiere)

SAMUEL BARBER

Vanessa, 1988

JASMINE ARIELLE BARNES

On My Mind, 2024 (World premiere)

VINCENZO BELLINI

I puritani, 2007

MICHAEL BERKELEY

Jane Eyre, 2006 (American premiere)

HECTOR BERLIOZ

Beatrice and Benedict, 1983

LEONARD BERNSTEIN

Candide, 1994 (Final version: American stage premiere)

GEORGES BIZET

Carmen, 1987, 2004, 2012, 2022

Dr. Miracle, 1982 (Regional touring production)

The Pearl Fishers, 1999

TERENCE BLANCHARD Champion, 2013 (World premiere)

Fire Shut Up in My Bones, 2019 (World premiere)

MARC BLITZSTEIN

Regina, 2018

TOMÁS BRETÓN

La verbena de la paloma, 1982

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

Albert Herring, 1976, 1978

Billy Budd, 1993 (Original version: American premiere)

Curlew River, 1986 (Christ Church Cathedral) Gloriana, 2005

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1992

Noah’s Flood,* 1990 (St. Alphonus Rock Church)

Paul Bunyan, 1984 (American professional premiere)

Peter Grimes, 1990

The Prodigal Son, 1987 (Christ Church Cathedral)

The Rape of Lucretia, 1996

The Turn of the Screw, 1980

DAVID CARLSON

Anna Karenina, 2007 (World premiere production)

The Midnight Angel, 1993 (World premiere)

UNSUK CHIN

Alice in Wonderland, 2012 (American premiere)

DOMENICO CIMAROSA

The Secret Marriage, 2004

JOHN CORIGLIANO

The Ghosts of Versailles, 2009 (Premiere of a new performing version)

ANTHONY DAVIS

Under the Double Moon, 1989 (World premiere)

CLAUDE DEBUSSY

Pelléas and Mélisande, 2011

FREDERICK DELIUS

Fennimore and Gerda, 1981 (American premiere); 1983 (International touring production: Edinburg Festival)

Margot la rouge, 1983 (World premiere)

GAETANO DONIZETTI

The Daughter of the Regiment, 1990, 2011 Don Pasquale, 1976, 1998

The Elixir of Love, 1982, 2014

Lucia di Lammermoor, 2002

The Night Bell, 1981 (Regional touring production)

JONATHAN DOVE

Flight, 2003 (American premiere)

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK

The Devil and Kate, 1990

CARLISLE FLOYD

Slow Dusk, 1983

(Regional touring production) Susannah, 2023

LUKAS FOSS

The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, 2000 (YMCA, Missouri History Museum)

CARY JOHN FRANKLIN

The Enchantment of Dreams, 2007

(Saint Louis Art Museum)

Loss of Eden, 2002 (World premiere)

Thunder of Horses,* 1995

(Regional touring production: World premiere) 1996, 2001

The Very Last Green Thing,* 1992 (Regional touring production: World premiere); 1995, 2013

JOHN GAY

The Beggar’s Opera, 1982 (The Apple Shed, Clarksville, MO); 1985 (National touring production: St. Louis, San Antonio, and Los Angeles); 1986

PHILIP GLASS

Galileo Galilei, 2024

The Trial, 2017 (American premiere)

CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK

Iphigenia in Tauris, 1994 Orfeo & Euridice, 1984, 2018

ALEXANDER GOEHR

Arianna, 1998 (American premiere)

RICKY IAN GORDON

The Grapes of Wrath, 2017 (Premiere of a new performing version) “27,” 2014 (World premiere)

CHARLES GOUNOD

Faust, 1998

Romeo and Juliet, 2005

ANDRÉ-ERNEST-MODESTE GRÉTRY

Beauty and the Beast, 2005

TRE’VON GRIFFITH

Madison Lodge, 2023 (World premiere)

ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK

Joshua’s Boots, 1999* (COCA – World premiere); 2011 (Touhill Performing Arts Center – UMSL)

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

Alcina, 1987

Julius Caesar, 2024 Radamisto, 2000 (American professional premiere) Richard the Lionheart, 2015 (American premiere)

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN

Armida, 1995

J.E. HERNÁNDEZ

Mechanisms, 2024 (World premiere)

HUANG RUO

An American Soldier, 2018 (World premiere)

ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK

Hansel and Gretel, 2006

LEOŠ JANÁČEK

Katya Kabanova, 1998

JOE X. JIANG/SIMON TAM

Slanted: An American Rock Opera, 2023 (World premiere)

SCOTT JOPLIN

Treemonisha, 2000, 2023 (World premiere of a new performing edition)

LAURA KARPMAN

On the Edge, 2021 (World premiere)

HANS KRÁSA

Brundibár,** 1997 (COCA); 2009 (Touhill Performing Arts Center – UMSL)

FRANZ LEHÁR

The Merry Widow, 1989

RUGGERO LEONCAVALLO

La bohème, 1991

Pagliacci, 2013

STEVEN MACKEY

Moon Tea, 2021 (World premiere)

STEPHEN MAGER

Dream of the Pacific, 2004 (National touring production: Saint Louis Art Museum - World premiere)

VICENTE MARTÍN Y SOLER

The Tree of Chastity, 1978 (American premiere)

Una cosa rara, 2008 (American professional premiere)

PIETRO MASCAGNI

Cavalleria rusticana, 2004

JULES MASSENET

Cinderella, 1993

Thaïs, 2003

Werther, 1989

RONALD MAURICE

Unbroken, 2024 (World premiere)

WILLIAM MAYER

A Death in the Family, 1986

GIAN CARLO MENOTTI

Chip and His Dog,** 1991 (Regional touring production)

The Medium, 1976

The Old Maid and the Thief, 1984 (Regional touring production)

JAMES MEYER

Laclede’s Landing,* 1989 (Regional touring production: World premiere)

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MINORU MIKI

An Actor’s Revenge, 1981 (American premiere)

Jōruri, 1985 (World premiere); 1988 (International touring production: Nissay Theatre, Tokyo)

The Tale of Genji, 2000 (World premiere); 2001 (International touring production: Nissay Theatre, Tokyo)

HENRY MOLLICONE

The Face on the Barroom Floor, 1980, 1983 (Regional touring production); 1983 (International touring production: Edinburgh Festival)

CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI

The Tale of Orpheus, 1997

The Coronation of Poppea, 2019

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

The Abduction from the Seraglio, 1986, 2003

La clemenza di Tito, 1996, 2017

Così fan tutte, 1977, 1982, 1997, 2012, 2023

Don Giovanni, 1983, 1993, 2011

La finta giardiniera, 1988

Idomeneo, 1985

The Impresario, 1976

The Magic Flute, 1980, 1984, 2002, 2014, 2022

The Marriage of Figaro, 1981, 1990, 1999, 2010, 2019

Mitridate, King of Pontus, 1991 (American premiere) Il re pastore, 2009

JACQUES OFFENBACH

La belle Hélène, 1995

The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, 2001

The Isle of Tulipatan, 1986 (Regional touring production)

The Tales of Hoffmann, 1986, 2008

STEPHEN OLIVER

Beauty and the Beast, 1987 (American premiere)

STEPHEN PAULUS

The Postman Always Rings Twice, 1982 (World premiere); 1983 (International touring production: Edinburgh Festival)

The Village Singer, 1979 (World premiere)

The Woman at Otowi Crossing, 1995 (World premiere)

The Woodlanders, 1985 (World premiere)

JACK PERLA

Shalimar the Clown, 2016 (World premiere)

TOBIAS PICKER

Emmeline, 2015

Awakenings, 2022 (World premiere)

FRANCIS POULENC

Les mamelles de Tirésias, 1983

Dialogues of the Carmelites, 2014

La voix humaine, 2021

SERGEI PROKOFIEV

Maddalena, 1982 (American premiere)

GIACOMO PUCCINI

La bohème, 1978, 1988, 2001, 2009, 2016, 2024; 2002 (Regional touring production)

Gianni Schicchi, 1977, 1979, 2021

Madame Butterfly, 1978 (The Muny); 1984 (Brescia version: American premiere); 1992, 1997, 2008, 2017

La rondine, 1996 (Third edition: American premiere), 2015 Sister Angelica, 2004 Il tabarro, 2013 Tosca, 1995, 2003, 2023

HENRY PURCELL

King Arthur, 1989 (Graham edition: American premiere)

JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU

Hippolytus and Aricia, 2001

Pygmalion, 1977 (American premiere)

MAURICE RAVEL

The Spanish Hour, 1982 (Regional touring production)

EMIL NIKOLAUS VON REZNICEK

Fact or Fiction, 1980 (American premiere)

GIOACHINO ROSSINI

The Barber of Seville, 1985, 1996, 2006, 2015, 2024; 1990, 1999 (Regional touring productions) Cinderella, 1987

Count Ory, 1977

Forever Figaro, 1978

(A musical biography compiled by Gimi Beni)

The Journey to Rheims, 1986 (American premiere)

The Turk in Italy, 1992

PAUL SCHOENFIELD

The Merchant and the Pauper, 1999 (World premiere)

BEDŘICH SMETANA

The Kiss, 2013

DAMIEN SNEED

The Tongue & The Lash, 2021 (World premiere)

Treemonisha, 2023 (World premiere of a new performing edition)

STEPHEN SONDHEIM

A Little Night Music, 2010

Sweeney Todd, 2012

WILLIAM GRANT STILL

Highway 1, U.S.A., 2021

JOHANN STRAUSS

Die Fledermaus, 1984 (American Theatre); 1989 (Regional touring production)

RICHARD STRAUSS

Ariadne on Naxos, 1979, 1991, 2016 Salome, 2009

SIR ARTHUR SULLIVAN

Cox & Box, 1982 (Regional touring production)

The Gondoliers, 1986 (Edison Theatre)

H.M.S. Pinafore, 1981 (World premiere)

The Mikado, 1984 (World premiere); 2007

The Pirates of Penzance, 1982 (Edison Theatre); 2013 Trial by Jury, 1984 (Regional touring production)

CONRAD SUSA

Black River, 1994 Transformations, 1997

DEL’SHAWN TAYLOR

Cook Shack, 2023 (World premiere)

PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY

Eugene Onegin, 1991, 2010

AMBROISE THOMAS

Hamlet, 2002

GIUSEPPE VERDI

Falstaff, 1980, 1994

Macbeth, 2016 Othello, 1999

Rigoletto, 1981, 2005, 2019

La traviata, 1979, 1983, 2000, 2007, 2018

STEWART WALLACE

Harvey Milk, 2022 (World premiere of a new performing edition)

WILLIAM WALTON

Troilus and Cressida, 2008 (Premiere of a new performing edition)

CARL MARIA VON WEBER

Oberon, 1988 (Graham edition: American premiere)

The Three Pintos, 1979 (Mahler edition: American premiere)

KURT WEILL

The Seven Deadly Sins, 1980

Street Scene, 2006

JUDITH WEIR

The Black Spider,* 1993 (Regional touring production: American premiere)

The Vanishing Bridegroom, 1992 (American premiere)

CLAUDE WHITE

Love, Death and High Notes, 1988

(Regional touring production: World premiere)

ERMANNO WOLF-FERRARI

The Secret of Suzanne, 1981

VARIOUS COMPOSERS AND ARTISTS

Our Songs, annually since 2021

Center Stage, annually since 2015

Christine Brewer in Concert, 1999

Colin Graham Tribute Concert, 2007 Gala Concerts, 1985 (10th season), 1986 , 1995 (20th season)

A Grand Night for Singing, 1981 (The Muny); 1988, 1995 (Regional touring production)

Operetta Tonight, 1987 (Regional touring production)

Stars of Saint Louis, 1983 (International touring production: Edinburgh Festival)

*Performed by a cast of young people and featured professional singers.

**Performed by a cast of young people.

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The Davey Tree Expert Company, 86

The Delmar Gardens Family, 76

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Gunther Salt Company, 115

IATSE Local #6 Stagehand Union, 98

Janet McAfee, 25

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St. Louis Public Radio (21)

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Link Auction Galleries, 86

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Opera Edwardsville, 2

Regional Arts Commission, 34

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, 68

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The Saint Louis Chamber Chorus, 75

Saint Louis Dance Theatre, 85

The Sheldon Concert Hall, 84

Siteman Cancer Center, 4

The St. Louis Children’s Choir, 74

St. Louis Magazine, 22

St. Louis Public Radio, 111

St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, 118

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, 9

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Chorus, 86

STAGES St. Louis, 130

Union Avenue Opera, 100

Washington University Voice and Airway Center, 36

Washington University Great Artists Series, 131

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Wolfgram Law, 60

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OPERA

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Opera Theatre of Saint Louis strives to make our Festival Season accessible to all patrons by offering several different services. For additional information, questions, or assistance (or if you need an accommodation not mentioned below), please contact the Box Office by calling (314) 961-0644 or by visiting the Patron Services window.

WHEELCHAIR AND SCOOTER SEATING

Enjoy designated seating with top-notch views! The Loretto-Hilton Center has wheelchair-accessible seating locations where patrons can remain in their chairs or transfer to a theater seat. Patrons who cannot transfer from their wheelchairs to a theater seat should request wheelchair-accessible locations when ordering tickets.

Ushers are available to assist patrons in getting from the theater entrance to their seats. If mobility aids cannot be stored safely within the patron’s seating area, or if a patron prefers to transfer from a wheelchair to a theater seat, those aids will be stored outside the auditorium door as close as possible to the patron’s seat. At intermission and after the performance, ushers are happy to assist patrons to restroom entrances, concessions bars, accessible parking, etc.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES

A frequency modulate (FM) audio enhancement system is available for all performances. Both headset receivers and magnetic loop adapters for enabled hearing aids are available for pick-up at the Patron Services window. Patrons may also bring their own headphones if they desire.

SIGN LANGUAGE

OTSL is proud to offer American Sign Language interpretation at select performances in partnership with TLC Interpreting Services, LLC. Patrons interested in using this service can visit ExperienceOpera.org/Accessibility to purchase ASL tickets and select appropriate seats. Please speak with the Box Office for further details.

The Barber of Seville : May 31 at 7:30 p.m.

La bohème : June 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Julius Caesar : June 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Galileo Galilei : June 21 at 7:30 p.m.

LARGE PRINT AND BRAILLE PROGRAMS

Condensed large print and Braille playbills are available for each opera at the Patron Services window in the lobby.

AUDIO DESCRIPTION

For patrons who are low-vision or blind, we are pleased to offer audio-described performances presented in partnership with MindsEye. Patrons can pick up a device prior to the performance or during intermission at the Patron Services window in the lobby, free of charge. Audio-described performances include:

The Barber of Seville : May 31 at 7:30 p.m., June 8 at 12:30 p.m.

La bohème : June 14 at 7:30 p.m., June 22 at 12:30 p.m.

Julius Caesar : June 15 at 12:30 p.m., June 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Galileo Galilei : June 21 at 7:30 p.m., June 29 at 12:30 p.m.

SERVICE ANIMALS

Service animals are welcome. If you plan to bring a service animal, please inform the Box Office in advance.

Accessibility services for the 2024 Festival Season are sponsored by

The June 8 matinee will be sensory-conscious to meet the needs of patrons with higher sensory sensitivities. We are pleased to partner with Different Dynamics for this performance.

We hope that these offerings assist in making your experience at Opera Theatre a wonderful and engaging one!

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EDITOR

Chantal Incandela

DESIGNER

Kelly Glueck

CONTRIBUTORS

Jonathan Brandani

Katerina Burton

Daniela Candillari

Kim Eberlein

Eric Sean Fogel

José Luis Gómez

Chantal Incandela

Andrew Jorgensen

Anh Lê

Tyler McKenzie

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Patricia Racette

Tori Rezek

James Robinson

Kwamé Ryan

Linda Schulte

Michael Shell

Mark Tiarks

Grace Wildermuth

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This season’s program book cover features the painting Crafting at Night by Ainura Ashirova Barron, a native of Kazakhstan who lives and works in St. Charles, MO. She earned received her MFA in Visual Studies from Missouri State University in 2019. Her work explores identity, history, and roots in a globalized society.

Learn more at ainurabarron.com . Opera Theatre of Saint Louis looks forward to presenting more works by local artists in future program books.

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Administrative Offices: (314) 961-0171

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THEATER POLICIES AND INFORMATION

To ensure the enjoyment of our audience, and out of respect for our artists, Opera Theatre will not seat latecomers until there is a pre-determined break in the opera. However, latecomers are invited to watch the performance via closed-circuit television in the lobby. Patrons who leave the auditorium during a performance will be allowed to return to their seats at predetermined breaks in the opera.

All patrons are welcome at Opera Theatre. Please notify the Box Office as early as possible to arrange special seating if you have a service animal or any accessibility needs, as these seats are limited (please see the previous page for more information).

All cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off during the performance. Any use of smartphones for texting, browsing, or recording is prohibited, as is the use of any cameras or other recording equipment not previously authorized by Opera Theatre management.

Leave something behind? Lost articles may be claimed at the House Manager’s Office, or you can call (314) 246-8009 after 10 a.m. the next performance day.

All casting is subject to change.

In the event of a fire, please walk to the nearest exit. In the case of a tornado warning, please follow ushers to the designated evacuation zone.

The scenic and lighting designers of The Barber of Seville, La bohème, Julius Caesar, and Galileo Galilei and costume designers of La bohème and Julius Caesar are represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE.

All Scenic Artists employed by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis are represented by United Scenic Artists, IATSE Local USA 829, AFL-CIO, CLC.

Performing Artists, Stage Directors, Choreographers, and Stage Managers are represented for collective bargaining purposes by the American Guild of Music Artists, the union of professional singers, dancers, and staging personnel of the United States.

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is a member of OPERA America. Opera Theatre promotes diversity and inclusiveness and affirms its ADA compliance.

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