New Fundraising Events at Old Hickory Golf Club a Wonderful Success!

May 25, 2018   //   by admin   //   Winter Opera News  //  No Comments


Last weekend, Winter Opera St. Louis hosted two new fundraising events at Old Hickory Golf Club – Sunday evening we enjoyed a wonderful four-course Italian dinner by guest chef Dominic Galati from Dominic’s Restaurants and Old Hickory chef Matt Howard followed by a lovely array of Broadway Favorites sung by soprano, Gina Galati and tenor Clark Sturdevant.

In attendance were a wonderful mix of familiar and new faces to Winter Opera St. Louis. All proceeds will go toward our upcoming season beginning in November. 

Nancy Pillsbury and Lu Barnes

Julie Lorenz & Eileen Edelman

Laura & Nigel Malterer

Jackie & Mark Keohane and Rebecca & Dr. Emil Difilippo

Dr. Marco and Beth Castaneda

Mr. and Mrs. Dyer and Pat & Robert Wester

Rich Sauget, Dr. Bill Droege, and Keith Wortman

Bruno & Vivienne Mazzotta

Cheryl & Steve Compton




We were back at Old Hickory Golf Club Monday afternoon for our first ever Golf Tournament! 13 teams participated in our scramble style tournament. With threats of rain in the forecast all week, we were thrilled that Mother Nature cooperated with cloud coverage most of the day but no precipitation! Lunch was provided by Old Hickory and Dominic’s Restaurant with plenty of hotdogs, burgers, salsiccia sandwiches, and beer to go around.


Congratulations to our First, Second, and Third place winners!

1st Place: Dr. Bill Droege, Rich Sauget, Tim Van Gelter, and Don Droege 

2nd Place: Gary Hill, David Guempel, Terry Loehrer, and Paula Loehrer

3rd Place: Kurt Jacob, Kevin Simmons, Keith Wortman, and Jim Schloeman



Thank you, everyone who attended our events last weekend! To our old friends: Your continued support means so much to us, and helps us ensure world class performances year after year! To our new friends: We are so excited to share the joys of opera with you, and look forward to seeing you again soon!



A special thanks to all our event sponsors!

John & Natalie Alberici    
Pillsbury Marketing


Season 11 Closes with Elixir of Love!

Apr 10, 2018   //   by admin   //   Winter Opera News  //  No Comments

We’ve had such a wonderful Eleventh season, and it wouldn’t have been possible without all of you! Check out some highlights from our final opera, Elixir of Love, and see what the critics had to say about the performances.

Thank you everyone for your continued support and we can’t wait to see you again!



Adina – Gina Galati

Dulcamara – Andrew Potter

Belcore – Christopher Holloway

Nemorino – Peter Scott Drackley

Gianetta – Karen Kanakis

Chorus: Kara Born, Megan Case, Grace Fisher, David Goldman, Rebecca Hatlelid, Hannah Kauffmann, Ryan Keller, Micheal Lowe, Amy Mazzeo, Emily Moore, Dale Obermark, Michael Oelkers, John Richey, Joel Rogier, Kat Rubush, Holley Sherwood, Thomas Taylor, Anthony Tomassini, and Sarah Vlodek

Dulcamara’s Assistant: Zora Rose Wilmering

The Elixir of Love – Two Performances Only

Mar 2, 2018   //   by admin   //   Winter Opera News  //  No Comments


Artist Rendering of DiGregorio Market for the set of Elixir of Love

Artist rendering of Volpi Market for the set of Elixir of Love


L’elisir d’amore is only one week away! 

Performed in Italian and set in the 1940’s in The Hill neighborhood of St. Louis. 

The hopelessly in love, Nemorino, will do whatever it takes to win the lovely Adina’s heart – even if that means drinking a love elixir from a traveling salesman. Nemorino isn’t the only one with his eyes on Adina. Will he win her heart before it’s too late?

Join us next weekend, March 9 & 11 to find out!

Tickets available online or through the Box Office: 10-3, Monday-Friday.

See you at the Opera!

Meet your local artists of L’elisir d’amore

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We are so fortunate to have a wonderful cast of local chorus members. This season, the cast has continually received great reviews, and we are looking forward to hearing them all in Elixir of Love! 

forces are small but their sound was mighty. The small size of the chorus was also something of an advantage, in that it allowed individual singers to create their own characters and create the sense of a real community rather than just a collection of singers in costume.”

– Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX

The chorus turned in admirable work under Chorus Master, Gail Hintz.

– Gerry Kowarski, Two on the Aisle


Meet our Chorus for upcoming L’elisir d’amore!

Grace Fisher, Soprano

First season with Winter Opera


Hannah Kauffmann, Soprano

Second season with Winter Opera


Amy Mazzeo, Soprano

First season with Winter Opera

 Holley Sherwood, Soprano

Seventh season with Winter Opera


Sarah Vlodek, Soprano

First season with Winter Opera

Kara Born, Mezzo-Soprano

First season with Winter Opera

Megan Case, Mezzo-Soprano

First season with Winter Opera

Rebecca Hatlelid, Mezzo-Soprano

Fourth season with Winter Opera

Emily Moore, Mezzo-Soprano

First season with Winter Opera


Kat Rubush, Mezzo-Soprano

Second season with Winter Opera

David Goldman, Tenor

First season with Winter Opera

Ryan Keller, Tenor 

Fourth season with Winter Opera

Dale Obermark, Tenor

First season with Winter Opera

 John Richey, Tenor

Second season with Winter Opera


Thomas Taylor, Tenor

First season with Winter Opera


Micheal Lowe, Baritone

First season with Winter Opera

Michael Oelkers, Baritone

Sixth season with Winter Opera

Joel Rogier, Baritone

Second season with Winter Opera

Anthony Tomassini, Baritone

Sixth season with Winter Opera


Les pêcheurs de perles has arrived in Saint Louis!

Jan 25, 2018   //   by admin   //   Winter Opera News  //  No Comments

We are back with our 2nd opera of our 11th season – Les pêcheurs de perles, by Georges Bizet! Final dress rehearsal was a success, and we can’t wait to perform it for you this weekend! Check out the photos below for a sneak peek of what’s in store for you!

Tickets are still on sale online and in our box office until 2pm Friday. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 6:30 pm, January 26 and 2:00 pm, January 28.


Andrew Pardini as Zurga

Richard Zuch as Nourabad

Sonja Krenek as Leila & Spencer Viator as Nadir

Will Macarthy, Michael Oelkers, & Ryan Keller as fishermen

Andrew Pardini as Zurga

This weekend only: Les pêcheurs de perles by Georges Bizet

Jan 22, 2018   //   by admin   //   Winter Opera News  //  No Comments

The Pearl Fishers is almost here! Filled with rivalry, romance, beautiful sets, and colorful costumes, you don’t want to miss this opera! Bizet’s lush melodies play throughout and the famous duet, “Au fond du temple saint” is to die for!

Directed by Winter Opera veteran, Mark Freiman and conducted by our new local, Darwin Aquino (conductor for Carmen last season), Les pêcheurs de perles will run for two performances – Friday, January 26 at 7:30pm & Sunday, January 28 at 3:00pm

See you at the Opera!

Les pêcheurs de perles Just around the Corner

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The Student Prince Closes with Great Reviews

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Last weekend The Student Prince arrived in Saint Louis for the first time since the 1970’s when The Muny brought the story to life. An operetta with musical favorites, it’s original run on Broadway was for 608 performances!


The Student Prince was Winter Opera’s second highest  grossing performance to date – thank you for all your support! Scroll below to see highlights from the performances, and don’t forget to check out our Press page to see what the critics had to say!


Gary Moss as Lutz and Jacob Lassetter as Ruder


Caitlin Cisler as Kathie

Kathie and Andrew Marks Maughan as Karl Franz


Zachary Devin as Detlef, Joel Rogier as Lucas, Karla Hughes as Gretchen, John Stevens as Dr. Engel, and Clark Sturdevant as Von Asterberg


Caitlin Cisler as Kathie


Borgia Infami Officially in the Books!

Oct 4, 2017   //   by admin   //   Winter Opera News  //  No Comments

Last weekend marked the open and close of the Two- Day World Premiere of Borgia Infami by Harold Blumenfeld. Performed at Washington University’s Edison Theater, Borgia Infami was full of drama and dark deeds committed by the infamous Borgia clan, specifically Rodrigo, who later became the brilliant and corrupt Pope Alexander VI; his son Cesare, whose ruthless pursuit of power is immortalized in Macchiavelli’s writings;  and especially Rodrigo’s daughter Lucrezia, alleged poisoner of the family’s enemies. 

Click the HERE to read a review of the performance by Steve Callahan, Broadwayworld

Photos by Wylde Brothers Photography


Museum Tour patrons hear of the Borgia family history: John Kaneklides, Leann Schuering, Karen Kanakis, and Victoria Menke


Jacob Lassetter as Rodrigo, Pope Alexander VI


Savonarola burning at the stake


Lindsey Anderson as Lucrezia Borgia & Andrew Potter as Cesare Borgia


Zach Devin as Andrea, John Kanekildes as Narcisio, & Lindsey Anderson as Lucrezia



Robert McNichols as Oloferno, Jason Mallory as Jeppo, Zach Devin as Andrea, & Joel Rogier as Ascano





“Sanctioned, chosen, the select of God.”



Fall Gala Huge Success!

Sep 28, 2017   //   by admin   //   Winter Opera News  //  No Comments

We had so much fun last Friday at Old Warson for our Fall Gala! A very special thank you to everyone who attended; your continued support and generosity is overwhelming!

Thank you again, Lu Barnes and Nancy Pillsbury for your incredible support in planning this wonderful event!

With a full house, it was quite the party! Check out some of the photos below and the link to Town & Style’s coverage of the event, and don’t forget to Save the Date for next year, September 28th, 2018 at Old Warson Country Club!

Nancy Pillsbury Shirley, Gina Galati, and Lu Barnes photo by Bill Barrett at Town & Style



Fall Gala Press Release

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A big thank you to MaxSTL for sharing our Fall Gala press release! 

You don’t want to miss this! Fantastic program by top Winter Opera artists, delicious dinner, and wonderful auction items available. This Friday at Old Warson Country Club – get your tickets before they sell out!

Season 11 Press Release

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Opera Nights Summer Series

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We have had so much fun this summer singing for you during our Opera Night events. Our upcoming Broadway Night is already sold out, but tickets are still available for August 23rd – Diner’s Choice. Call ahead with your favorite arias, art songs, or musical theater numbers, and we will sing them!

Here are a few pictures from May 24th – Comedy Tonight and June 28th – Italian Serenade.

Artists: Eric McCluskey – Baritone, Clark Sturdevant – Tenor, Gina Galati – Soprano, Rob Valentine & Nancy Mayo – Accompanists

Father’s Day Gifts on Amazon Smile

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Buy a gift for Dad and Amazon donates to Winter Opera

Summer Opera Nights Series: Reservations Still Available

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Joins us for an evening of beautiful music sung by 3 talented Winter Opera Artists while you enjoy a delicious four-course dinner by Dominic’s Restaurant on The Hill.



Eric McCluskey, Baritone                 Clark Sturdevant, Tenor                    Gina Galati, Soprano


Italian Serenade, June 28 – Let us serenade you with enchanting Italian art songs, Neopolitan songs, and popular Italian serenades. 

Broadway Night, July 26 – A fun-filled night of musical theater songs from the height of Braodway’s Golden Age

Diner’s Choice, August 23 – Call in advance to request your favorite arias, art songs, or musical theater numbers – sung especially for you!

Give STL Day 2017

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Save the Date for May 11th, 2017

This year Winter Opera is participating in Give STL Day, a 24 hour online giving event organized by the St. Louis Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in the St. Louis area.


To celebrate this event, we have decided to finally introduce a project that is very close to our hearts here at Winter Opera: Operatoons. Operatoons is a program, still in the development phase, that will be sold to schools that do not have the funding for music classes and to individuals who do not have access to music education. It will introduce music, theater, and opera through animated videos. Each program will be a 25-30 minute condensed opera with a series of lessons and an online learning center to help educators and students work at their own pace. 


We are also busy here at Winter Opera gearing up for our upcoming Season 11! This season will include The Student Prince by Sigmund Romberg, Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers) By Georges Bizet, and L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love) By Gaetano Donizetti.

Donations help us continue to bring world-class artists to St. Louis so we can continue to present you with wonderful performances.


 Head over to our donation page at to learn more and donate.


Thank you for your continued support. We truly could not do it without the dedicated patrons and donors like you!



Carmen : What a wonderful way to end our anniversary 10th season!

Mar 8, 2017   //   by admin   //   Winter Opera News  //  No Comments

Well the Carmen reviews are rolling in and we couldn’t be happier! Not only did we top 1,000 in guests at our 2 day showing, but the amount of positive feedback we are receiving has put us on cloud 9! Below are links to some of the reviews posted so far.

The quality and consistency of Winter Opera’s productions continue to bet better with each passing year and they deserve your support.” – Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX

“What the packed house got to see Friday and Sunday at Chaminade’s Skip Viragh Center was impressive… As evidenced by this excellent “Carmen,” the company indeed has something to celebrate.” – John Huxhold, Post-Dispatch

“This production completes the company’s tenth season, and it’s a crowning glory.” – Steve Callahan, Broadwayworld 


Benedetta Orsi as Carmen

Neil Nelson as Escamillo

Ellen Hinkle as Frasquita, Neil Nelson as Escamillo, and Kara Cornell as Mercedes

Ian Jose Ramirez as Remendado

Benedetta Orsi as Carmen and Jorge Pita Carreras as Don Jose

Photos of La Cenerentola

Jan 26, 2017   //   by admin   //   Winter Opera News  //  No Comments

Performances of La Cenerentola at Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade, Friday, January 27th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, January 29th at 3pm – tickets still available!

Summer Donation Match

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Student Night at the Opera – March 4th!

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$10 includes a General Admission ticket, pizza, & soft drinks before the opera.

Call 314-865-0038, email or to buy tickets online, click HERE!

Choose a $35 General Admission ticket and use the discount code: pizzaopera

Valid Student ID Required                       RSVP by noon- March 3rd!


Winter Opera Store Now Open!

Nov 20, 2015   //   by admin   //   Winter Opera News  //  No Comments

Represent your favorite opera company with Winter Opera apparel & gifts!


If you have a particular design in mind, let us know and we can custom make it for you!

Click here to shop!

Enter to win 2 Section II tickets to Cosi fan tutte or Il Trovatore!!

Nov 5, 2015   //   by admin   //   Winter Opera News  //  No Comments

Funny Caption Contest

Prove you are the wittiest Winter Opera patron by submitting a funny quip about the photo below.

The winner will receive 2 Section II tickets to Cosi fan tutte or Il Trovatore!

Email your caption to or comment to the Facebook post HERE!

The winning entry will be chose on Friday December 4th!

Performances are located at:

Aug 13, 2015   //   by admin   //   Winter Opera News  //  No Comments

Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade

425 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63131


Still taking reservations for upcoming Opera Nights!

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Winter Opera Saint Louis would like to announce our 2015-2016 season!

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Opera Nights – Join us for four fun filled evenings with dinner at Dominics on the Hill and a performance by Winter Opera Artists!

Yeomen of the Guard – By Gilbert and Sullivan – Friday, October 30th, 2015 at 8pm and Sunday, November 1st, 2015 at 3pm

Cosi fan tutte – By W.A. Mozart – Friday, January 22nd, 2016 at 8pm and Sunday, January 24th, 2016 at 3pm

Il Trovatore By Giuseppe Verdi – Friday, March 4th, 2016 at 8pm and Sunday, March 6th, 2016 at 3pm

Falstaff Review from “Two on the Aisle”

Feb 20, 2014   //   by admin   //   Winter Opera News  //  No Comments

“The balance between the voices and the orchestra was exemplary thanks to the combination of the auditorium’s acoustics and Steven Jarvi’s conducting of the accomplished orchestra. Jarvi’s interpretation was an ideal compliment to Dean Anthony’s staging. Both understood that Verdi’s score and Boito’s libretto are a total integration of music and drama. You could see gestures that mirrored the music, you could hear phrasing that enhanced the comedy. I particularly liked the scene in act two in which Ford and his crew find the young lovers behind the screen instead of Falstaff and Falstaff’s subsequent defenestration. It was clear that the performers cared as much about putting across the story as they did about singing. Andrew Stuckey’s well sung Falstaff was a character, not a caricature, which I greatly appreciated. Ron Loyd was convincing as the jealous husband Ford, while Kathy Pyeatt was very impressive as the self-possessed Alice Ford. Pyeatt was ably supported by Kate Tombaugh as Meg Page and Claudia Chapa as Mistress Quickly. Katy Lindhart’s Nanetta and Dustin Peterson’s Fenton were an attractive couple as the young lovers. The supporting cast included Zachary Devin as Dr. Caius, Adam Stefo as Pistola and Marc Schapman as Bardolfo, who was a reliable source of comedy in his wild wig. Scott Loebl’s half-timbered set worked well for all the interiors and Sean Savoie’s lighting compensated for the lack of trees in the forest. JC Krajicek coordinated the handsome period costumes designed by Glen Breed. All in all, another fine production from Winter Opera – my favorite of all I’ve seen from them.”

-Gerry Kowarsky and Bob Wilcox, ‘Two on the Aisle’ HEC-TV

Watch the full review here:!/falstaff/

Falstaff opens tonight!

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First rehearsal for FAUST!

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Gina Sings on Italian Television

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On Gina’s recent trip to Italy she sang ‘O mio babbino caro’ from Gianni Schicchi and ‘Chi il bel sogno’ from La Rondine on Italian television.

$7,500 Spring Challenge!

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Help us get a start on Season Seven by participating in our $7,500 Spring Challenge! Sponsored by George and Melissa Paz, who will match dollar for dollar every donation made within the next month, up to $7,500! Where does your money go? As a non-profit every penny that we make goes into our company – directly to our artists and our operating costs. Donations may be sent to our office (2105 Marconi Avenue) or online at
Help keep Winter Opera alive for another season!

Baby Doe photos by Ron Lindsey!

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Tosca photos by Ron Lindsey!

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The Mikado photos by Ron Lindsey!

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Tickets go on sale today!

Aug 15, 2012   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Tickets go on sale today! Artistic Director Gina Galati and Music Director Steven Jarvi are pleased to bring St. Louis audiences a witty Gilbert & Sullivan classic ‘The Mikado’ (November 9 & 11), the 2013 St. Louis premiere of Douglas Moore’s American tale ‘The Ballad of Baby Doe’ (February 8 & 10) and a beloved Italian masterpiece, Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ (March 8 & 10). I invite you to explore our website, look at the pages for each of the shows, and of course buy tickets! $51 for our very best front-and-center Section I seats, $42 for Section II and $36 for Section III, but it is a lot cheaper to buy Season Tickets (hint hint!).

I urge you to take a look at our 1920s Masquerade Ball – this year it is going to be a really big deal and a REALLY BIG party! We sold out all of our Opera Nights this summer and we wanted to have enough room for EVERYBODY so we decided to have it ON THE STAGE ITSELF at Skip Viragh. Winter Opera is no stranger to throwing parties, but this one will be the biggest (and the most fun!). Download our Season Brochure to get a sneak peak at this season, or our Printable Ticket Order Form if you’d prefer to mail in your ticket order. We will be mailing our brochures at the end of August, but for those early birds who want tickets now we have everything up on the website, just for you.

Thank you for supporting Winter Opera Saint Louis!


Winter Opera Welcomes Development Director

Jul 6, 2012   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Winter Opera Saint Louis is very pleased to announce that Trish Saleeby has joined WOSTL this summer as a consultant to assist with development activities. She has a master’s degree in non profit management and a doctoral degree in social work. She has extensive experience in grant writing and fundraising working with non profits and for profit entities over the past 20 years. She volunteers for several local community organizations.

La Boheme in June!

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Winter Opera is taking our production of La Boheme to the Southern Illinois Music Festival! Gina Galati and Gary Seydell reprise their roles as the tragic lovers Mimi and Rodolfo. If you missed our production in March or simply just want to see it again, head over to Illinois and join us for a wonderful produciton of Puccini’s La Bohème.

Friday, June 22nd at 7:30pm

Sunday, June 24th at 2:00pm

Carterville High School
Performing Arts Center
1415 West Grand Avenue
Carterville, IL 62918

For more information about the Southern Illinois Music Festival, artist bios, tickets and more visit their website at

Winter Opera on HEC television!

May 24, 2012   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments
Winter Opera Saint Louis is excited to be featured on “State of the Arts” on HECtv! They were filming us during our performances of ‘La Bohème’ in March and there are some very interesting interviews and backstage footage. Watch it and find out more about Winter Opera Saint Louis and the woman who makes it all happen. Thank you HECtv for helping us share Winter Opera with St. Louis! Watch the entire episode here, we are the section titled “Puccini in the Parish”:

Friends of Music Concert Featuring Eric McCluskey

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The second program in the FRIENDS OF MUSIC CONCERTS 2011/2012 season of free Sunday afternoon concerts will take place on Sunday, December 11 at 3:00 p.m. in the comfortable atmosphere and excellent acoustics of Eliot Unitarian Chapel at 100 South Taylor (at Argonne) in Kirkwood.

We dedicate this second concert to the memory of Lee Werner, who led us for more than twenty years and nearly a hundred concerts.  In addition to organizing the concerts she shared her lovely soprano voice with us in many of these programs.  We would not be listening to the outstanding performances in this our Thirtieth Season without her dedication and perseverance in presenting so many of the St. Louis’ area’s talented performers.  By this dedication we wish to honor Lee’s memory and express our gratitude for all she did for music in St. Louis.

The program will feature baritone Eric McCluskey and pianist Yuko Cato, both faculty in the School of Music at SIU-Carbondale, performing an aria by George Friederick Händel, excerpts from Robert Schuman’s Dichterliebe and from Gerald Finzi’s Till Earth Outwears, and Maurice Ravel’s Don Quichotte à Dulcinée.

After intermission, the program will conclude with the Quartet for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 25 by Johannes Brahms, performed by Lorraine Glass-Harris, violin; Leonid Gotman, viola; Beverly Field, cello; and Jeffrey Kurtzman, piano.

For further information, phone (314) 862-5354, or contact us by e-mail at or


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Sunday’s Performance is now at 4PM
Winter Opera recieved a phone call from Chaminade School (where the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts is and where we are performing Rodgers and Hammerstein) that due to unforseeable circumstances we are going to have to move back the time of our performace on Sunday to 4pm. So the performance on Sunday, November 6th is now at 4pm. I will try to contact everyone individually who have purchased tickets for the performance that day about the time change. We are kind of scrambling over here to get the word out about the time change, and we really appreciate your patience and understanding! If you have any questions or concerns about it, please feel free to email me at

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s A Grand Night for Singing

Friday, November 4th at 8pm (same)

Sunday, November 6th at 4PM (CHANGED!)

Skip Viragh Center for the Arts

Chaminade College Preparatory School

425 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63131

Hello Winter Opera Patrons and Friends!

Sep 14, 2011   //   by admin   //   Winter Opera News  //  No Comments

New office on the Hill!

My name is Caetlyn and I am the new Administrative Director at Winter Opera Saint Louis. If you’ve gotten an email from Winter Opera within the last couple of weeks, it was probably from me. I am so excited about our upcoming season that I am driving myself to distraction trying to make sure everything is in place: we have set up a new ticketing system that allows you to buy tickets online and pick out your own seats (, we are moving into our new office at 2105 Marconi Avenue and we will be mailing our 2011/2012 season brochure this week.

This season is going to be a doozy; grab your season tickets and join us for the ride!

See you all soon,
Caetlyn Van Buren
Administrative Director

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.


La Traviata Opening night – Sold Out!

Feb 20, 2011   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Hello Everyone,

La Traviata started out with a bang opening night. We we were sold out had and standing ovation after our performance. It was a very exciting night for us with many great compliments. The Woman’s club is a beautiful venue for Winter Opera and we hope to return there in the future. The orchestra led by Maestro Steve Jarvi sounded wonderful along with the singers.

We had many compiments on the wonderful dinner that was served before hand by Chef Leon Dubinovskiy on the first floor. Our patrons had a chance to meet the artists and they raved about the food and service.

We hope to be sold out again today. We have about 20 seats left. This is your last chance to see this great production of La Traviata.

Thanks and We’ll see you at the Opera!

Feb 9, 2011   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Hello Everyone,

I feel like we live in Antarctica! I understand it will be much warmer next week for our production of La Traviata. Thank goodness.

We are well on our way to being fully staged for our production of La Traviata and I have to say it will be one of our best shows yet. All our our artists arrived to St. Louis safely and they sounds terrific. Our stage manager Marie King is a an expert on interpreting the score, has given the cast great incite into their character and has brought out the true drama of the piece. Steve Jarvi our conductor/music director has wonderful ideas musically and will be a great inspiration to both the orchestra and singers. He is a great asset to Winter Opera and we are excited that he is a part of our organization.

Things are coming together. Costumes are being fitted, props and being made and we are all working hard to produce this show. Tell you friends and family about this production because it is one that you will never forget!

Have a great day.


Get your Traviata tickets!

Feb 8, 2011   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

We just sold out of Premium Admission tickets for Friday, February 18th. General admission tickets are still available for $35 and as well as $150 Dinner & Opera packages!

However, we only have about 20 Premium tickets left for Sunday, February 20th, so call or order online today to reserve yours before we run out!

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!


Happy New Years

Dec 31, 2010   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Hello Opera Lovers,

Today has been a very exciting day! I have just hired a new accompanist to play our rehearsals for Cavalleria Rusticana in March. His name is Jason Oestenstad, he has come highly recommended from Webster University. Studying with Daniel Schene, the head of the piano faculty at Webster University, he is finishing up his thesis at Webster University and has some free time in March to play all of our rehearsals. Yay! A load has been lifted.

Jason has been playing piano since the 3rd grade and is a very accomplished clarinetist and violinist. Wow! He has aspirations of becoming a conductor and has studied abroad in Prague. A native of Minneapolis St. Paul, Jason loves opera and seems to be very excited to be joining our team. We are proud to welcome Jason Oestenstad to Winter Opera St. Louis!

Have a Healthy and Happy New Year!


Winter Opera’s First Blog

Dec 30, 2010   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Hello Everyone,

This is my first ever blog! I can say I am so proud of Holley Sherwood, Winter Opera’s only employee for thinking of this for the company, I hope someone reads it! I know everyone is blogging, so Winter Opera Jumped on the band wagon. We are getting excited about the new year.

Our production of La Traviata is shaping up to be one of our finest productions. We have lots to plan! Each day is filled with excitement and lots of chaos. Our big goal for La Traviata is to sell 25 dinner packages per performance. This will cover the cost of using the Woman’s Club. Then of course we want very much to be sold out! We can fit about 350 people in the ballroom and if we can sell out we will be in great shape financially for our production of Cavalleria in March.

Today I am working on scheduling our pianist, Nancy Mayo for all our rehearsals when our artist arrive on Feb. 5. Along with writing many thank you notes to all our wonderful patrons who have donated to Winter Opera over the holidays. Thank you everyone for your support and check back soon for more news!