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The New Warehouse is Awesome!

Mar 21, 2011   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Hello Everyone,

After five and a half hours of moving props, set pieces, costumes and three Ibuprofen later, we moved everything into our new warehouse. I swear we filled 2500 square feet of the 10,000. I could not believe how much stuff we have acquired over the last four seasons. So many things that I forgot about; our beautiful set from Samson and Dalilah painted by Jane Saunders, our little stage from I Pagliacci at the Missouri History Museum and we received a nice donation from my Parents; some of my grandmothers beautiful antique furniture. We are really starting to have a nice collection of things for our stage. I really hope to be able to fill that warehouse someday and be able to rent out our own props and costumes to other theater and opera company’s. It is really exciting!

I thank everyone that helped yesterday, Jennifer Vago, Jimmy, Brian and Jeff Walker and Alex. Great work yesterday! I hope you are not as soar as I am today. I look forward to growing in our new warehouse and making it something really special for Winter Opera.

Enjoy the beautiful weather!


Great News!

Mar 16, 2011   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Hello Everyone,

Some of you might already know this but, since we have never have had a home of our own we have had to put our opera props, costumes and set pieces in different places. Namely, my attic, spare bedroom, my Dad’s restaurant’s attic, Jennifer Vago’s (Signora tutto fare…translation: Madame who does everything for Winter Opera) basement and our wonderful friend, Harry Swanger with the Compton Heights Band’s warehouse. Nevertheless, this can be very confusing at times and it is very hard to keep track of what we have and where we we have it. It would honestly take a genius to figure all of this out, which none of us are!

Our prayers have been answered! Dr. Phillips and Mark Tempkin own a 10,000 square feet warehouse that we can now store all of Winter Opera’s stuff in! Amen! I am so excited I can’t begin to tell you.

We are moving everything on Sunday. If you have any extra hangers. shelves, clothes racks or strong arms, we could really use them. Our next goal is to have a real office so I can finally get my house back! My spare bedroom currently is the office/storage room. Maybe I could actually have company over again someday. You never know, things seem to be on the up and up!
Have a great day!

Cavalleria Rusticana a great Success!

Mar 15, 2011   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Hello Everyone,
We had a great ending to our fourth season with Winter Opera’s production of Cavalleria Rusticana. We had a very strong cast and our orchestra lead by Maestro Ed Benyas was terrific. St. Ambrose was a beautiful setting for this opera and we managed to have big crowds despite all of the events around town this past weekend. The opera was staged by Allyson Ditchey who captured the true drama of the music.

Joe Tucci the accordion player welcomed all of our guests into the church with his lovely playing and we had costumed chorus members giving out Italian treats from DiGregorios. It was about as Sicilian as you could get. I was able to get my hands on three Sicilian Carts from DiGregorio’s which we used in our production. They added a some real color and character to the setting.

I would like to thank all of our patrons for attending our 4th season. We will be announcing season five in a week and we are very excited about our future. Thank you for your support and your generosity.