Winter Opera St. Louis is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide St. Louis with world-class operatic performances during the winter months. Our work features nationally and internationally known artists, performing classic operas in their original languages, with English supertitles. We also highlight local performers and strengthen the local artistic community year-round through community outreach programs and workshops. We are committed to enhancing public appreciation and support of opera in St. Louis and to preserving the beauty of this art form for generations to come.
Gina Galati is the recent recipient of The Historical Society of St. Louis County’s James O’Flynn Community Service award for founding New Opera Saint Louis, now called Winter Opera St. Louis, where she serves as General Director. Gina received a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Music from Washington University and later received a Masters of Opera from the University of Kansas and earned an Artist Diploma from the Academia Verdiana in Bussetto, Italy. Ms. Galati has performed Rosina in The Barber of Seville with Winter Opera, Amici Opera and the Southern Illinois Music Festival, Musetta in La Bohéme with Witchita Grand Opera, and has performed frequently with the Atlantic Coast Opera Festival, singing Nedda in I Pagliacci, Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Norina in Don Pasquale. Gina sang the role of Giorgetta in Union Avenue Opera’s production of Il Tabarro and made her Powell Symphony Hall debut in December 2008 as the soprano soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the St. Louis Bach Society. Gina has performed the roles of Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Gilda in Rigoletto, Norina in Don Pasquale, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Violetta in La Traviata, Mimi in La Bohème, Baby Doe in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and Suzel in L’amico Fritz with Winter Opera St. Louis. In the summer of 2014, Gina sang Norina in Miami Lyric Opera’s Don Pasquale and Rosina in Opera Medellin’s Il barbiere di Siviglia.
A Saint Louis-area collaborative pianist affiliated with Winter Opera Saint Louis and Missouri Baptist University, Robert Valentine serves as the choral director at Our Lord’s Lutheran Church in Maryville, IL and enjoys working with the local community to make great musical experiences. A Georgia native, Robert earned his B.A. in Music Performance from Georgia College & State University. Upon receiving his M.M. in Collaborative Piano and Choral Conducting from SIUE, he then worked as a choirmaster and rehearsal accompanist. In 2010 Robert moved to Austin, Texas, where he worked with Texas State University’s Wind Symphony and Opera Theatre productions as a repetiteur and a featured pianist. In addition, he acted as rehearsal pianist and pit musician for Angelique, a Texas State Opera Theatre production that earned the 2012 National Opera Association Award for Best Opera Production. He has worked throughout the country on numerous operas—including Hansel and Gretel, Too Many Sopranos, Die Fledermaus, Die Zauberflöte, and Tosca—as repetiteur, choirmaster, or rehearsal pianist. Throughout the years, Robert has collaborated with American composers Jonathan Newman, Steve Bryant, David Maslanka, and Clyde Tipton as well as Julliard professor Wayne O’Quinn. Robert co-founded two community choruses in Madison County, IL, one in 2009 while a student at SIUE, and another when he returned to the Saint Louis area in 2013. He is proud to be working with Winter Opera Saint Louis and he is grateful to his mentors, his family, and his partner for their support.