Tag: Opera Theatre St. Louis

Bad Bohemians: Poverty, Passion and Poor Health Abound in Opera Theatre’s La bohème (Review)

Posted: June 3, 2024 at 7:29 pm   /   Live Theater Reviews

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ 49th season continues with a sprightly yet sorrowful production of Puccini’s La bohème. An indispensable part of the opera canon, it was last performed by the company in 2016. La bohème is based on a short story by Henri Murger, a poet and novelist known for his depictions of Parisian […]

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God, Guns, and Gossip: OTSL Delivers a Sparkling SUSANNAH 

Posted: June 14, 2023 at 9:09 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

There was a rapturous moment offstage during the opening night of Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ Susannah. Conductor Gemma New, herself in the midst of a glorious performance, took advantage of a musical pause to set aside her baton, fold her hands and take in the moment before joining the audience in their thunderous applause for soprano […]

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Theatre Review: Passionate and Political, Opera Theatre St. Louis’ TOSCA Refreshes a Classic

Posted: June 3, 2023 at 5:40 pm   /   Live Theater Reviews

There is not much color in Opera Theatre St. Louis’ production of Tosca. But that does not mean it is drab.  Relying on minimalist lighting, projections and powerful singing, stage director James Robinson has accentuated the powerful drama of Puccini’s opera and taken a cue from Orson Welles, giving audiences a stark and sleek presentation that fully […]

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The Fight for Equality Has Dire Consequences in OTSL’s Poignant HARVEY MILK (Review)

Posted: June 18, 2022 at 10:49 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

It is only fitting that Opera Theatre St. Louis closes out its 48th season with an opera about overcoming adversity. Back on its home stage in front of an audience for the first time since 2019, the company has faced several challenges, including postponing two world premiere presentations. But, in the case of Harvey Milk, […]

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Review: CARMEN Opens 2022 Festival Season at Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Posted: May 25, 2022 at 3:44 pm   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

Bullfighting and bravado take center stage for Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ feisty production of Carmen. Set in Franco’s Spain, Rodula Gaitanou’s battle of the sexes takes a little time to get going. But, once it does, the production kicks into overdrive. Opening the company’s 48th season, Gaitanou’s interpretation breaks away from the trendy projections […]

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Review: Opera Theatre Drives Fast On Highway 1, U.S.A.

Posted: June 1, 2021 at 8:31 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

William Grant Still may not be as well known to casual opera fans as Verdi or Rossini, but he should be. An arranger for W.C. Handy and composer of over 200 operas, ballets, and symphonies, he is considered the dean of African American composers. Every bit as prolific as Duke Ellington or Terence Blanchard, Still’s […]

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Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ Holiday Concert Brings Glad Tidings to a Beleaguered City

Posted: December 22, 2020 at 10:02 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

Knowing that this year has been challenging for everyone, Opera Theatre of St. Louis is bringing glad tidings to those cooped up during this festive season with their 2020 Holiday Concert. Presented digitally as part of their virtual programming, the concert features a selection of holiday songs performed by cast members from OTSL’s forthcoming presentation […]

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Review: Vengeance Rules the Day in Opera Theatre’s Powerful Rigoletto

Posted: June 3, 2019 at 6:59 pm   /   Concerts, Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews, Reviews

Returning to Opera Theatre St. Louis for the first time in a decade, Rigoletto is a sad and sordid affair. Loaded with scheming, lust, jealousy and revenge, it is not for the faint of heart. Directed with stunning emotional potency by Bruno Ravella (in his OTSL debut) the production is dark. Very Dark. Verdi based […]

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Review: Opera Theatre St. Louis Battles Hate With ‘An American Soldier’

Posted: June 22, 2018 at 7:27 am   /   Live Theater

In addition to mounting works from their classical repertoire, Opera Theatre St. Louis also commissions new work that speaks to a modern audience by engaging them with presentations featuring contemporary themes without sugar coating or smooth edges. Dubbed New Works, Bold Voices these commissions also affords new voices to be heard both on and offstage, […]

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Review: From Black Leather to Rainbow Pants, ‘Orfeo & Euridice’ Dazzles Opera Theatre St. Louis 

Posted: June 18, 2018 at 3:38 pm   /   Live Theater

In a season filled with intrigue, passion and intense drama, Opera Theatre St. Louis‘ Orfeo & Euridice is a refreshing dose of mystic escapism.   Composed by Christoph Willibald Gluck, this new English translation, commissioned by Opera Theatre St. Louis, is based on the adaptation created by Hector Berlioz which lifted elements from the opera’s Italian and French versions and […]

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