Season 9 Sponsors

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Mary Sale

Sponsoring Yeomen of the Guard

Mary Sale had a long and distinguished career as a professor of Comparative Literature and Classics at Washington University until her retirement in 1997.  Her greatest professional accomplishment was the mathematical analysis of oral poetry (Ancient Egyptian and Greek and Latin).  She has had a lifetime passion for music ranging from Broadway musicals to classical opera to the piano music that she played.  Her introduction to opera was listening to Faust broadcast from New York on the radio when she was 10 years old.  She is delighted to sponsor her favorite Gilbert and Sullivan operetta for Winter Opera–her favorite opera company!



Nancy Pillsbury Shirley

Sponsoring Il Trovatore

Nancy Pillsbury Shirley brings more than 40 years of experience in both the for-profit business world and in philanthropy. Nancy is an avid patron of the arts and her generosity has brought Winter Opera St. Louis to a new level. She was the first white woman adopted into the Eagle Clan of the Osage tribe by Chief Ed Red Eagle and given the name O-TAH-ZHA  NA-ZHE (Beautiful Woman Standing). She is President of Pillsbury Marketing Company  and executive Vice President and Treasurer of the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of  Missouri, as well as the President of the Board of Winter Opera St. Louis. She is a graduate of Stephens College in Columbia, MO and lives in Ladue, MO.



Mary Pillsbury

Venue Sponsor – Skip Viragh Center for the Arts

Mary Pillsbury is a Diamond Jeweler, Entrepreneur, Singer, Philanthropist, Socialite, and founder of the Mary Pillsbury Company, a nationally known fine Diamond Jewelry Company since 1978. Mary also founded a handmade American Indian jewelry division. She is a graduate of Stephens College in Columbia, MO and the Gemological Institute of America. Mary, once the in-house singer at the Café Pierre at New York’s Pierre Hotel on Fifth Avenue, exclusive meeting place of the rich and famous, said that singing for President George H.W. Bush,  President George W. Bush, Prime Minister John Major and  Premier Mikhail Gorbachev were some of her most thrilling performances. She is founder of the Diamond Ball for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which has raised millions of dollars and received worldwide recognition for its accomplishments and medical breakthroughs over the past 25 years. She is Vice President of the Ed & H Pillsbury Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Friends of Music at Washington University, as well as a board member of Missouri Baptist University & The Sheldon Concert Hall.



Thank you MasterCard for being a 2015-2016 Winter Opera Sponsor!






metlifeThank you to MetLife for printing of our posters and programs for the 2015-2016 Season!