Save the Date!
Upcoming Special Events at Union Avenue Opera
Mark your calendar for our upcoming 2016 events:
Thursday, July 21 – Opera Open House at Centro, Tosca at 6:30pm
Tuesday, August 9 – An Evening with Christine Brewer at 5:00pm
Thursday, August 11 – Opera Open House at Centro, Doubt at 6:30pm
Friday, September 23 – 10th Annual Trivia Night and Silent Auction at 7:00pm
Sunday, October 9 – Annual LaBarge BBQ at 4:30pm
Saturday, November 19 – Arias at Atlas Restaurant at 1:00pm
Click here for more information and to make reservations.
from 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.
Join us for our new Opera Open House series presented by Centro Modern Furnishings.
Enjoy live previews in Centro’s stunning showroom at 4727 McPherson Avenue in the Central West End.
We’ll be presenting our “program” 3x between 6 and 7:30. Stop in on Thursday, July 21 for your Tosca sneak peek!
Free and open to the public. No reservation needed!
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and order your tickets today!
Don’t miss the St. Louis premier of Doubt, starring world-renowned soprano Christine Brewer as part of our Twenty-Second Festival Season here at Union Avenue Opera. The season officially begins July 8 and runs through the end of August, and includes a new adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, and Puccini’s Tosca.
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The Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 3:00pm
[closed Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day]
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