Special guest speakers, live performances of musical excerpts, and a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of each opera combine to make Spotlight on Opera one of Opera Theatre's most entertaining and engaging programs. Events are held at the Ethical Society in Clayton, at 9001 Clayton Road. Subscribe to all four programs for only $30 (click here to subscribe), or purchase single tickets for only $10:
May 6, 7:30 p.m. — The Pirates of Penzance: The Gilbert & Sullivan You Ought to Know, featuring Washington University's Hugh Macdonald, Conductor Ryan McAdams, Director Sean Curran, and Designer James Schuette
May 13, 7:30 p.m. — Il Tabarro & Pagliacci: What's So Real About Verismo?, featuring soprano Kelly Kaduce (Nedda, Pagliacci), Director Ron Daniels, and Conductor Ward Stare.
May 20, 7:30 p.m. — Champion: Down for the Count, featuring Washington University's Gerald Early, Composer Terence Blanchard, Conductor George Manahan, Director James Robinson and mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves (Emelda in Champion).
June 3, 7:30 p.m. —The Kiss: Setting the Stage for Feminism, featuring St. Louis Post-Dispatch classical music critic Sarah Bryan Miller, Conductor Anthony Barrese, Director Michael Gieleta, and Designer James Macnamara.