The Opera Theater of St. Louis is enjoying its 40th year in Webster Groves and people from all over the United States and even from around the world, flock to see them.
“The count of states represented in the audience is as high as 47 states,” said General Director Timothy O’Leary. “We had a subscriber from Australia last year,” he added.
Despite the large crowd and following, the Opera Theater of St. Louis is still looking to expand its reach, offering “tweet seats” to select Twitter users at select performances, where they receive free tickets as long as they tweet about the show, during the show.
Perhaps one of the most unique and sought out opera show in the United States, the Opera Theater of St. Louis performs in English, which is not typical for opera.
“Doing the performances in the language of the audience makes it come through with an immediacy that you don`t often experience in opera,” O’Leary said. O’Leary went on to mention that the Opera Theater of St. Louis is up to 24 world premieres and 24 American premieres, and that their goal is to always shape the future of American opera, “getting beyond the stereotypes of opera as for white, European, dead people” as O’Leary put it.
If you are moving to St. Louis, be sure to make it to one of the Opera Theater of St. Louis’ many shows, enjoyable for nearly all ages.