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The Trial

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 5

Glass’ The Trial sweeps Kafka into a slapstick world
1 Jul 17 / Classical Voice North America
The compelling American premiere of The Trial
26 Jun 17 / Opera Today
Family uprooted and an innocent man condemned in St. Louis Opera Theatre season
24 Jun 17 / Chicago Tribune
'The Trial' at OTSL gets a fine production, but the comedy is dark indeed
6 Jun 17 / St Louis Post-Dispatch
The Trial brilliantly brings Kafka to life as an opera in its U.S. premiere
6 Jun 17 / Riverfront Times
La clemenza di Tito

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 3

Titus lightens up in Saint Louis
28 Jun 17 / Opera Today
Family uprooted and an innocent man condemned in St. Louis Opera Theatre season
24 Jun 17 / Chicago Tribune
Grand opera with no deaths, no vengeance?
14 Jun 17 / Broadway World
The Grapes of Wrath

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 5

Gordon’s revised Grapes
28 Jun 17 / Opera Today
Family uprooted and an innocent man condemned in St. Louis Opera Theatre season
24 Jun 17 / Chicago Tribune
'Grapes of Wrath' is moving, magnificent version at Opera Theatre
1 Jun 17 / Ladue News
The questions posed by The Grapes of Wrath are particularly timely today
31 May 17 / playback:stl
Opera Theatre gives a strong re-imagining of 'The Grapes of Wrath'
29 May 17 / St Louis Post-Dispatch
Madama Butterfly

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 4

Saint Louis Butterfly soars
28 Jun 17 / Opera Today
OTSL's Madame Butterfly is thrillingly real
23 May 17 / Riverfront Times
A beautiful 'Butterfly' alights in St. Louis
23 May 17 / St Louis Post-Dispatch
Miss Saigon without the helicopter and with better music
22 May 17 / playback:stl
Shalimar the Clown

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 4

Shalimar in St. Louis: Pagliaccio Non Son
28 Jun 16 / Opera Today
Contemporary relevance gives good music-drama an edge
18 Jun 16 / Opera News
The world premiere of an opera based on a Salman Rushdie novel is topical, literary and theatrical
15 Jun 16 / Wall Street Journal
Cultures clash - and sometimes harmonize - in 'Shalimar the Clown'
13 Jun 16 / St Louis Post-Dispatch
Ariadne auf Naxos

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 6

Scintillating Strauss in Saint Louis
28 Jun 16 / Opera Today
The setup is pure comic gold
21 Jun 16 / playback:stl
Ariadne on Naxos balances wondrously between classic beauty and parody
19 Jun 16 / Broadway World
'Ariadne on Naxos' brings comedy and opera together
15 Jun 16 / Ladue News
The audience had fun!
15 Jun 16 / Wall Street Journal
OTSL presents a stylish 'Ariadne on Naxos'
7 Jun 16 / St Louis Post-Dispatch
Macbeth

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 4

Robert Pomakov (Banquo) and Roland Wood (Macbeth) both have great voices and outstanding stage presence
20 Jun 16 / playback:stl
The company’s first production of Verdi’s “Macbeth” benefited from the idiomatic conducting of Stephen Lord
15 Jun 16 / Wall Street Journal
The dark tale shines bright at OTSL!
1 Jun 16 / Broadway World
'Macbeth' at Opera Theatre of St. Louis is powerful drama
30 May 16 / St Louis Post-Dispatch
La bohème

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 2

Opera Theatre of St. Louis delights with 'La boheme'
24 May 16 / Broadway World
Good singing, underwhelming production in Opera Theatre's 'La Bohème'
23 May 16 / St Louis Post-Dispatch
Emmeline

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 7

Emmeline a stunner in Saint Louis
23 Jun 15 / Opera Today
Three very different types of lovers in these operas in St. Louis
23 Jun 15 / Wall Street Journal
Emmeline is real and raw and a wonderful example of American Opera
21 Jun 15 / playback:stl
Emmeline will wring your heart
18 Jun 15 / Broadway World
Opera Theatre rediscovers lost gem in 'Emmeline'
17 Jun 15 / St Louis Public Radio
St. Louis opera mounts a stylish 'Lionheart,' gripping 'Emmeline'
17 Jun 15 / Chicago Tribune
'Emmeline' is powerful stuff at Opera Theatre
17 Jun 15 / St Louis Post-Dispatch
Riccardo Primo

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 8

Luminous Handel in Saint Louis
23 Jun 15 / Opera Today
Three very different types of lovers in these operas in St. Louis
23 Jun 15 / Wall Street Journal
St. Louis opera mounts a stylish 'Lionheart,' gripping 'Emmeline'
17 Jun 15 / Chicago Tribune
'Richard the Lionheart' is stunningly beautiful at Opera Theatre of St. Louis
11 Jun 15 / KDHX
Opera Theatre welcomes 'Richard the Lionheart' with its American premiere
11 Jun 15 / Ladue News
A noble and thrilling Richard the Lionheart at Opera Theater of St Louis
11 Jun 15 / Opera Chaser
One can only take so many hours of monotony
10 Jun 15 / playback:stl
A well-sung 'Richard the Lionheart' at OTSL
9 Jun 15 / St Louis Post-Dispatch
La rondine

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 5

Three very different types of lovers in these operas in St. Louis
23 Jun 15 / Wall Street Journal
Everything about La Rondine was first class
23 Jun 15 / Opera Today
The orchestra-accompanied performance is, as a whole, simply splendid
3 Jun 15 / playback:stl
'La rondine' isn't Puccini's best, but Opera Theatre does well with it
2 Jun 15 / St Louis Public Radio
Soprano Corinne Wintes makes 'La Rondine' a production to cherish
1 Jun 15 / St Louis Post-Dispatch
Il barbiere di Siviglia

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 5

A unique and amusing take on The Barber of Seville
29 May 15 / Broadway World
Dr. Bartolo on the verge of a nervous breakdown
27 May 15 / KDHX
Hilarious, beautifully conducted, and surprisingly heartfelt
27 May 15 / playback:stl
Comic opera at its most transformative
27 May 15 / St. Louis Magazine
Lots of laughs in Opera Theatre's 'Barber of Seville,' but not much logic
25 May 15 / St Louis Post-Dispatch
Dialogues des Carmelites

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 7

Opera Theatre of St. Louis spring season
2 Jul 14 / Chicago Tribune
'Dialogues of the Carmelites' thrills audience
26 Jun 14 / Belleville News-Democrat
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis premieres '27' alongside three classics
24 Jun 14 / Wall Street Journal
An austere Poulenc production, and a finely sung Donizetti
24 Jun 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
OTSL's Dialogues of the Carmelites grandly rewards your patience
21 Jun 14 / Broadway World
‘Dialogues of the Carmelites’ only half convincing in St. Louis
21 Jun 14 / Dallas Morning News
'Dialogues of the Carmelites' is powerful music theater
20 Jun 14 / St Louis Post-Dispatch
Twenty-Seven

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 11

Opera Theatre of St. Louis spring season
2 Jul 14 / Chicago Tribune
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis premieres '27' alongside three classics
24 Jun 14 / Wall Street Journal
A finely crafted but slightly bland new opera about Gertrude Stein
23 Jun 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
Opera Theatre St. Louis stages flawless commissioned portrait of Gertrude Stein
22 Jun 14 / St. Louis American
'Twenty-Seven,' 'Magic Flute' are treats, but on sugary side
21 Jun 14 / Los Angeles Times
Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas come to operatic life in St. Louis
21 Jun 14 / Dallas Morning News
This is what happens
20 Jun 14 / TheaterJones
Gertrude Stein sings in new opera in St. Louis
19 Jun 14 / Washington Post
Opera Theatre's '27' is serious fun
19 Jun 14 / St Louis Post-Dispatch
OTSL's '27' opens to ovations
19 Jun 14 / Broadway World
Opera Theatre St. Louis premieres story of Gertrude Stein and lost generation of artists
19 Jun 14 / Riverfront Times
Die Zauberflöte

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 8

Opera Theatre of St. Louis spring season
2 Jul 14 / Chicago Tribune
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis premieres '27' alongside three classics
24 Jun 14 / Wall Street Journal
A too-fluttery ‘Magic Flute’ in St. Louis
21 Jun 14 / Dallas Morning News
'Twenty-Seven,' 'Magic Flute' are treats, but on sugary side
21 Jun 14 / Los Angeles Times
'The Magic Flute' looks better than it sounds
12 Jun 14 / Belleville News-Democrat
Mostly enjoyable, even when Mizrahi overloads the stage or rides a joke too long
2 Jun 14 / playback:stl
OTSL's Magic Flute delights St. Louis
28 May 14 / Broadway World
Opera Theatre's 'Magic Flute' is more about dance than singing
26 May 14 / St Louis Post-Dispatch
L'elisir d'amore

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 7

An austere Poulenc production, and a finely sung Donizetti
24 Jun 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis premieres '27' alongside three classics
24 Jun 14 / Wall Street Journal
Fun and endearing comedy remains winning formula for Opera Theatre St. Louis
19 Jun 14 / Riverfront Times
A delightful evening of opera whose primary purpose is to deliver entertainment
4 Jun 14 / playback:stl
OTSL's Elixir of Love is intoxicating!
4 Jun 14 / Broadway World
'Elixir of Love' is a grand night of singing and humor
4 Jun 14 / Belleville News-Democrat
'Elixir of Love' delivers a happy potion at Opera Theatre
2 Jun 14 / St Louis Post-Dispatch
Champion

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 5

A jazz opera enters the ring to portray the fight game
14 Jul 13 / The Arts Desk
Terence Blanchard’s new opera astutely mixes neo-Romanticism with sophisticated jazz elements
27 Jun 13 / Financial Times (via Google)
A heavy weight to bear
25 Jun 13 / Wall Street Journal
Terence Blanchard's opera is a new kind of American masterpiece
23 Jun 13 / Denver Post
Homophobia in the ring delivers fatal blows
22 Jun 13 / New York Times
The Kiss

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 4

Though lightweight fare, this performance of Smetana’s opera is bolstered by its two leads
25 Jun 13 / Financial Times (via Google)
‘The Kiss’ by Smetana charms Saint Louis
25 Jun 13 / The Examiner
A “Kiss” best left untouched, hyperactive “Pirates” in St. Louis
24 Jun 13 / Dallas Morning News
The rare heroine who prevails
24 Jun 13 / New York Times
Il tabarro

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 3

High-intensity “Il tabarro” and “Pagliacci” in St. Louis
25 Jun 13 / Dallas Morning News
Gripping Il Tabarro and Pagliacci pairing in St. Louis!
23 Jun 13 / La Scena Musicale (English)
Dark 'Tabarro' and 'Pagliacci' grimly satisfying at Opera Theatre of St. Louis
3 Jun 13 / St Louis Post-Dispatch
Pagliacci

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 3

High-intensity “Il tabarro” and “Pagliacci” in St. Louis
25 Jun 13 / Dallas Morning News
Gripping Il Tabarro and Pagliacci pairing in St. Louis!
23 Jun 13 / La Scena Musicale (English)
Dark 'Tabarro' and 'Pagliacci' grimly satisfying at Opera Theatre of St. Louis
3 Jun 13 / St Louis Post-Dispatch
The Pirates of Penzance

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 2

A “Kiss” best left untouched, hyperactive “Pirates” in St. Louis
24 Jun 13 / Dallas Morning News
OTSL offers the very model of a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta
27 May 13 / St Louis Post-Dispatch
Alice in Wonderland

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 9

The demanding title role found an ideal exponent in the soprano Ashley Emerson
6 Jul 12 / Telegraph
St. Louis shows how to get an opera season right
2 Jul 12 / The Plain Dealer
Unsuk Chin’s “Alice in Wonderland” in need of more charm
24 Jun 12 / Oregon Music News
Though inventively staged and musically excellent, this production exposed the flaws in Unsuk Chin’s opera
21 Jun 12 / Financial Times (via Google)
Unsuk Chin’s “Alice in Wonderland” delivers a dazzling journey for all ages
20 Jun 12 / Classical Review
For a challenging 'Alice' and a triumphant 'Sweeney Todd,' meet me in St. Louis
20 Jun 12 / Chicago Tribune
After Alice
19 Jun 12 / Out West Arts
It's a show with a great pedigree and an unlucky history
19 Jun 12 / Riverfront Times
Mad Hatter, Demon Barber are spirited in St. Louis
19 Jun 12 / Wall Street Journal
Così fan tutte

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 4

An enjoyable Mozartian experience
6 Jul 12 / Telegraph
The performance suffered from the broad, unsubtle quality of both the direction and the conducting
19 Jun 12 / Wall Street Journal
Così fan tutte asks the musical question: Up for a night of fiancée swapping?
6 Jun 12 / Riverfront Times
Opera Theatre offers a well-sung 'Cosi'
6 Jun 12 / St Louis Post-Dispatch
Sweeney Todd

Opera Theatre of St Louis


No. of reviews: 7

Sweeney Todd was a complete success
6 Jul 12 / Telegraph
St. Louis shows how to get an opera season right
2 Jul 12 / The Plain Dealer
Superb Sweeney Todd raises the roof in Opera Theatre of St. Louis production
26 Jun 12 / Oregon Music News
For a challenging 'Alice' and a triumphant 'Sweeney Todd,' meet me in St. Louis
20 Jun 12 / Chicago Tribune
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Patricia Racette to direct at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Patricia Racette is slated to make her directorial stage debut in 2018, to direct a new production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
27 Apr 2017 / OperaWire
Levy family makes $1 million gift to Opera Theatre of St. Louis
The newly established, Sally S. Levy Family Fund for New Works is a gift from longtime OTSL supporters Sally S. Levy and her family.
15 Apr 2016 / St Louis Post-Dispatch
Opera Theatre of St. Louis gets $40,000 Opera America grant
Opera America has announced that it has awarded a total of $300,000 in grants to eight opera companies — and Opera Theatre of St. Louis of one of them.
6 Apr 2016 / St Louis Post-Dispatch
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10 Feb 2016 / St Louis Post-Dispatch
Stephen Lord to step down
Stephen Lord to step down as music director at Opera Theatre of St. Louis after 2017 season, though he'll become music director emeritus, continuing to work with young singers.
10 Nov 2015 / St Louis Post-Dispatch