A Brief Introduction to the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

 In Culture, Guide

Opera is a contemporary art form at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Watch OTSL’s rendition of “Regina,” in which acclaimed mezzo-soprano Susan Graham plays the title role of a conniving female anti-hero who alienates everyone in her life for sake of power. Or see classic “La traviata,” which tells the story of Parisian courtesan Violetta, who unexpectedly falls in love with a young Frenchman. Both classics are transformed into modern mainstage productions at Opera Theatre during this year’s season.

Founded in 1976, the organization showcases historic masterworks alongside innovations through the New Works, Bold Voices program, in which the organization commissions a composer to create an original opera. This season’s production schedule showcases one such work, called “An American Soldier,” the true story of Chinese-American U.S. Army soldier Danny Chen, who served in Afghanistan. The recipient of extreme hazing from his fellow soldiers, Chen committed suicide in 2011 at the age of 19. Composer Huang Ruo and librettist David Henry Hwang tell the stinging story with tenderness, ultimately raising deeper questions about what it means to be American.

130 Edgar Road

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While You’re In The Neighborhood …

The Old Orchard Gallery
The neighborhood destination for your art, architecture and history fix.

39 S. Old Orchard, Suite B

McCaughen & Burr Fine Art Gallery
Stop by to see stunning landscapes, abstract art and figurative paintings.

117 W. Lockwood Ave.

Green Door Art Gallery
A charming gallery and gift shop showcasing works by local artists

21 N. Gore

Theatre photo courtesy of Carmen Troesser.
Top photo of “Regina” copyright Ken Howard, courtesy of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. 

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