Browsing articles from "January, 2011"

Snow day

Jan 12, 2011   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Wow! So much snow! I actually gave myself a snow day yesterday since my car tends to get stuck on hills in the snow. I had a great day relaxing with my puppy and fiancé. But I am back to work today!

Gina has been out-of-town singing professionally for the past week and a half, so I’ve been on my own! I’ve been taking the time to reorganize the small room we call an office and start working on the program for our operas in February and March.

The program has to be done by the end of January so it will be printed in time for the first performance on February 18th. Even though I am very organized, it is challenging to get together advertisements, bios and headshots from the artists, write synopses, compile donor lists, create cast lists, edit…and generally make it look awesome! I’m still searching for a graphic for the front cover, which can be the hardest part! Gina and I usually go through at least three covers before choosing one! Often the final product you – the audience – receives has been revised so many times that it looks nothing like the one I first show to Gina.

Be on the lookout for our beautiful postcard! You should get one in the next few days if you’re on our mailing list. If you’re not and you would like one (we have lots of extras), email me at with your address and I will mail you one.

Administrative Director

The New Year is starting out with a bang!

Jan 1, 2011   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

The New Year is starting out with a bang! We just found out that Volpi Foods is sponsoring our headline tenor, Hugo Vera, who will be singing Alfredo in our upcoming production of La Traviata. We thank Volpi Foods for their generousity and support of Winter Opera St. Louis and we encourage all of our patrons who are craving real Italian food to shop at Volpi’s on the Hill.

Now a little about Hugo Vera… Hugo has just made his debut singing the role of Trin in La Fanciulla del West at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and recently sang the role of Radames in Aida for Opera Memphis. He has sung at New York City Opera, Lyric of Kansas City, Glimmer Glass and many other prestigious companies nationally and internationally. Hugo sang the role of Werther our 2010 production of Werther for Winter Opera last year and we are really lucky to have him back.

On a more personal note, Hugo and I went to The University of Kansas together studying under the same voice teacher, John Stephens. Actually, Hugo sang with me on my Masters Voice recital, but we have never sung in an opera together. He is the greatest colleague Winter Opera could ever ask for! Welcome back to St. Louis Hugo!

Happy New Year!