Crescendo Announcement

UAO Announces Crescendo
University Artist Outreach

Union Avenue Opera is pleased to announce the fourth year of Crescendo — a new collegiate enrichment program designed with students in mind. This program is free and open to all voice students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program within 60 miles of St. Louis.

Crescendo is designed to provide motivated students the opportunity to hone their craft while working with UAO’s esteemed professionals. In addition, participants will compete for $3000 in scholarships as well as paid positions in UAO’s 2017 productions of Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring starring Christine Brewer and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.

We are also excited to announce a new phase of Crescendo this year. Participants will be competing for roles in a student production of Hansel and Gretel. This production, made possible by a PNC Arts Alive Grant, will be 45 minutes and in English with four performances, August 23 – 26

Click HERE to learn more about Crescendo. Applications are due by January 1, 2017

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2017 Auditions

2017 Festival Season Auditions
Applications available through YAP Tracker

Audition Dates:
St. Louis, MO ($10 audition fee)
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017
Submission deadline: Monday, December 19, 2016

New York City, NY ($35 audition fee)
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Friday, February 3, 2017
Submission deadline: Monday, January 16, 2017

The application is available through YAP tracker. Click here for more information.

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Special Events – Save the date

Save the Date!
Upcoming Special Events at Union Avenue Opera

Don’t miss our last event of 2016!
Saturday, November 19 – Arias at Atlas Restaurant at 1:00pm

Click here for more information and to make reservations.

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RiverFrontTimes7.7from the Artistic Director…

Welcome to Season 22!

We open with a new look at Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular collaboration, The Mikado. I’m very pleased to have stage director Eric Gibson making his UAO debut with this hilarious production. I hope you’ll enjoy his vision for this work as much as we’ve enjoyed making it happen. Listen carefully and you’ll hear several funny St. Louis references interjected amongst the clever updates.

Tosca returns to the UAO stage after a fourteen-year hiatus. It’s wonderful to have veteran singers Mathew Edwardsen (Cavaradossi) and Neil Nelson (Scarpia) back in St. Louis, and UAO welcomes soprano Elena O’Connor in her UAO debut as Tosca. Stage director, Jon Truitt, returns for his third production, and those of you who follow UAO very closely will remember conductor Stephen Hargreaves from many years ago when he led our Halloween opera on the piano.

Every couple of years we embark on a bigger, more modern project and this year that opera is Douglas Cuomo’s Doubt. I first started talking to Christine Brewer a few years ago about the work and how well she thought it was written, after she premiered it at Minnesota Opera. I’m extremely proud to bring this challenging work to St. Louis audiences and to welcome Christine Brewer to our stage. Tim Ocel returns to work his magic as the stage director of this production and leads the rest of the stellar cast in this powerful and troubling story.

Finally, I wan to dedicate this season to the memory of Rev. Thomas V. Stockdale who passed away in June. Tom was the minister of Union Avenue Christian Church when I first started working here and told him of my idea to start an opera company. Tom’s vision for how the church and the arts should work hand in hand and his unending, welcoming support in those early years meant so much to me personally and to the growth of this company. We will miss you.


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