| 2021 Festival Season

Join us this summer for Opera Under the Big Top as we make our return to presenting live, in-person opera with performances of Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann and Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at The Big Top, in St. Louis’ Grand Center district. The operas will unfold, acted in front of UAO’s wonderful orchestra on the Big Top stage with costumes and lights to the delight of socially distanced, masked audiences in the large open-air tent.

This summer, audiences will have the opportunity to see two classic, beloved operas in one week — even on the same day — as we offer matinee performances for the first time in eight years.

The Big Top, operated by the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, will employ rigorous COVID-19 mitigation policies for the benefit of all guests, staff, and artists, including a contact-less ticketing and concession experience.

The Big Top is ArtSafe Certified by the Missouri Arts Council and you can read more about their COVID-19 Mitigation Policies HERE. The Big Top is located at 3401 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108.

Les contes d’Hoffmann
July 21 and 24 at 7:30PM
July 23 at 2:00PM Friday matinee performance
presented in French with English supertitles

Il barbiere di Siviglia
July 22 and 23 at 7:30PM
July 24 at 2:00PM Saturday matinee performance
presented in Italian with English supertitles

Ticketing Information

Tickets for the 2021 Festival Season will be available exclusively through MetroTix.

Ticket On-Sale Dates:
May 10 – 2019 Subscribers and 2020 ticket purchasers
May 17 – Members of UAO’s Comprimario Society
May 24 – Past UAO ticket purchasers
June 1 – Public ticket sales begin

Union Avenue Opera will be reaching out via email and mailed communication in the coming days to ensure you have the information needed to make your ticketing experience the same, smooth process you’ve come to rely on when purchasing tickets to past UAO Productions.

Season Subscriptions are not available in 2021, however as a thank you to our past subscribers, we are offering early access to tickets, similar to our Subscription Renewal period. When we return to our home, and a three-opera season, in 2022, our 2019 and 2020 subscribers will again be eligible for early renewals.

To our patrons who have credits from 2020UAO’s Administrative Director, Emily Stolarski, will be reaching out to you directly to discuss your options for 2021. It will take a few days to get through the list so please be patient.

We apologize in advance, but mail-in orders are not available this summer. Additionally, the Union Avenue Opera Box Office will be unable to assist you in purchasing tickets. Once on sale, all orders must be placed directly with MetroTix.

Know Before You Go Lecture Series

Also known as the Friday Night Lecture Series, this summer’s lectures will be offered online starting the week before the opera for your in-home viewing enjoyment. Join our host, Dr. Glen Bauer as he discusses the opera’s historical importance, guide you through the (sometimes convoluted) plot line, and offer a sneak peek of the music to come.

Your Safety Is Our Priority

  • Social distancing is enforced through reduced capacity and physically distanced seating assignments.
  • Protective face coverings are required to enter and must be worn at all times, except when eating or drinking.
  • The Big Top will offer the opportunity for a contact-less patron experience. Food and beverage ordering and payment can be conducted via online/mobile platform.
  • Event will have dedicated, on-site staff to regularly clean high-touch surfaces with EPA certified cleaning supplies.
  • Advance ticket sales only. No day-of walk-up sales on site.
  • There will be no printed program books available on site in 2021. Programs will be available to view on your smartphone while at the performance or online at home.

View The Big Top’s full COVID-19 Mitigation Policy

Get Involved – Volunteer!

There will still be opportunity to volunteer as ushers during the 2021 Festival Season at the Big Top. We are working out the details with the venue now, however signups are not open yet. Due to COVID-19, all ushers will be required to participate in mandatory training with the Big Top staff. More information coming soon!

We’ll be back home in 2022

Moving our performances to The Big Top this summer will allow us to safely return to presenting in front of live, in-person audiences. The tent more than doubles our seating capacity (due to current, local guidelines) and will allow for more opera lovers to join in the excitement of our return. However, know that we are committed to returning to our home at Union Avenue Christian Church in 2022, and your continued support will make that possible. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Coming Soon!
Have questions? Email info@unionavenueopera.org