5 Things You Might Not Know About Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
When hungering for stories filled with love, loss, revenge, death, passion and hope, we turn to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. The welcoming environment of OTSL is a haven for fans of music, theater and the visual arts.
For more than 40 years, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis has established itself as a pivotal piece of St. Louis’ cultural depth. By engaging audiences with an eclectic repertoire, OTSL offers something for everyone and is augmented with community outreach programming designed to entice newcomers. We’ve teamed up with OTSL to bring you five things you might be surprised to find out about the historic company.
1/ It’s Easy To Enjoy Performed In English
There’s no need to brush up on your Italian as all of the operas presented are performed in the English language. You’ll find interesting and informative synopses in the program book and through OTSL’s deployment of projected supertitles viewers won’t miss a second of the onstage intrigue.
2/ Fun Pre- And Post-Parties Make It Social
Each season OTSL’s productions are bookended by an array of social activities including lectures, artist talks and pre-show picnics on the lawn where attendees can bring their own fixings and libations, or purchase them onsite.
Those wondering how to unwind after a performance filled with tension and vivacity will love the public parties following every single show of the season. These soirees offer audiences something that seldom occurs with traditional theater productions or concerts: a chance to meet and mingle with the cast and crew after they take their bows.
3/ More Affordable Than You Might Expect
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis offers affordable ticketing options for all audiences in addition to a first-class experience. Performances are staged in the intimate Loretto-Hilton Center in Webster Groves. There isn’t a bad seat in the house regardless of ticket level. Single tickets range from $25-$129 and there are dinner, drink and show packages available for audience members under the age of 45 for as little as $39.50 per ticket. Subscriptions for the four-opera season starts at only $75.
4/ It’s Nationally Renowned
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis has garnered an international reputation as one of the most widely recognized opera companies in the country thanks to its reliance on meshing new and established talent with stylish productions and gorgeous musical accompaniments from members of the St. Louis Symphony. They’ve also been at the forefront of presenting new commissions with more than 45 world and American premieres, including 2014’s Gertrude Stein opera, “27,” last season’s “Shalimar The Clown” and 2017’s dark comedy “The Trial.”
5/ A Six-Week Season In Webster Groves
Spanning a short six weeks, (late May through June) this annual festival celebrates some of the greatest narratives ever told while deepening OTSL’s commitment to broadening their audience without pandering or sacrificing artistic integrity.
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