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If you think opera is stuffy, snooty, and pretentious, you haven’t been to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. – Fox 2 News

At Opera Theatre, we believe that opera should be fun, sociable, and accessible. From pre-show picnics in our beautiful gardens to post-show cocktails with the stars of the show, we are focused on making your experience as unique, memorable, and inviting as possible. We also perform our operas in English and with English supertitles, so that you can understand every word of every show. Experience opera in a whole new way at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis!

Drama: Our small size and heavy emphasis on performing in English help transform beautiful music into powerful, engaging theater.

Welcoming Environment: Before every performance, audiences connect with old friends or make new ones over picnic baskets and wine as they dine in our beautiful gardens. Following every performance, the cast and crew join audiences for cocktails in our main tent under the stars. It’s a time-honored OTSL tradition, and everyone is invited!

Adventurous Repertory: As of 2015, OTSL has presented 24 world premieres (including Champion in 2013) and 24 American premieres which may be the highest percentage of new work in the repertory of any U.S. company. Important revivals of American operas like our productions of The Death of Klinghoffer, The Ghosts of Versailles, and Nixon in China help keep OTSL in the musical spotlight. More importantly, a commitment to American operas helps prove time and time again that today, opera is a living, breathing, American art form.

Outstanding Artists: OTSL has a long tradition of discovering and promoting the careers of the finest operatic artists of the current generation. Each year, more than 1,000 aspiring singers apply to join our Gerdine Young Artist Program and Gaddes Festival Artist Program – typically fewer than 40 are accepted. We also develop outstanding talent backstage through our Emerson Behind the Curtain Program. Each year the roster of the Metropolitan Opera includes over 60 artists who performed in St. Louis early in their careers. Among the singers who had important early opportunities at OTSL are Christine Brewer, Susan Graham, Nathan Gunn, Patricia Racette, Thomas Hampson, Jerry Hadley, Dawn Upshaw, Sylvia McNair, Erie Mills, Dwayne Croft, Kelly Kaduce, and Lawrence Brownlee.

Bringing the world to St. Louis: Each season, OTSL’s audience includes visitors from as many as 45 states and 12 foreign countries, generating over $1 million annually in revenue for our region from sources outside St. Louis.

An International Profile: OTSL’s productions have been celebrated around the world almost from the outset, with press coverage in London’s Financial Times, Germany’s Opernwelt, Opera Nederland, and The Times of India, among others. OTSL was the first U.S. company to appear at the Edinburgh Festival and toured twice to Japan with world premieres of Minoru Miki and Colin Graham’s Jōruri (1988) and The Tale of Genji (2001).

Administrative Office and
Rehearsal Space

Sally S. Levy Opera Center

210 Hazel Ave

St Louis, MO 63119
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Main Performance

Loretto-Hilton Center

130 Edgar Road (at Big Bend)

St Louis, MO 63119
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