Saint Louis

June 21 - 25, 2018

An American Soldier, Orfeo ed Euridice, La traviata and Regina at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. With lectures, pre-performance picnics and visual art touring. Accommodation is at the historic Chase Park Plaza, in the city’s vibrant Central West End, on the edge of Forest Park.

Saint LouisOur first foray to St. Louis is an exciting blend of insider access to some of the finest art and gardens in the city, as well as superb seats for an excellent and diverse slate of performances at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, including the world première of the full-length version of An American Soldier by critically-acclaimed composer Huang Ruo and Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang.

The Opera Theatre of Saint Louis believes that opera should be fun, sociable, and accessible. From pre-show picnics in the beautiful gardens to post-show cocktails with the cast and crew of the show, the company is focused on making your experience as unique, memorable, and inviting as possible.

As of 2016, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis has presented 25 world premières and 24 American premières—which may be the highest percentage of new works in the repertory of any US company. A commitment to American operas helps prove time and time again that today, opera is a living, breathing, American art form.

OTSL has a long tradition of discovering and promoting the careers of the finest operatic artists of the next generation. Each year, more than 1,000 aspiring singers apply to join the programs. Typically, fewer than 40 are accepted. Each year the roster of the Metropolitan Opera includes over 60 artists who performed in St. Louis early in their careers. Among the singers who had important early opportunities at OTSL are Christine Brewer, Lawrence Brownlee, Jamie Barton, Matthew Polenzani, Susan Graham, Nathan Gunn, Christine Goerke, Patricia Racette, Thomas Hampson, Jerry Hadley, Dawn Upshaw, Sylvia McNair, Erie Mills, Dwayne Croft, and Kelly Kaduce.

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Itinerary

Thursday, June 21

Upon arrival in St. Louis, you are met and transferred to the elegant Chase Park Plaza Hotel (an iconic St. Louis hotel that has welcomed guests with elegance and luxury since 1930), where you check in to your Deluxe room. This evening we gather in the lobby for a Welcome Reception followed by dinner at the hotel’s elegant Tenderloin Room, a storied eatery that serves up steaks & cocktails in a posh, old-fashioned venue.

Friday, June 22

Following breakfast, included each day, we meet for a guided tour of St. Louis, taking in the city’s rich history and significant architectural achievements. After lunch at leisure, we transfer to the Opera Theatre for a pre-performance picnic and lecture, and then a world-première production–Huang Ruo and David Henry Hwang’s An American Soldier (8pm curtain).

Saturday, June 23

This morning we tour to Forest Park, site of the 1904 World’s Fair, and we enjoy a guided tour of the Art Museum, built as the Fine Arts Palace of that fair and one of the nation’s leading comprehensive art museums. In the afternoon we transfer to the Opera Theatre for a matinée performance of Gluck’s Orfeo and Euridice (1pm curtain). We enjoy another picnic and lecture before this evening’s performance of Verdi’s La traviata (8pm curtain), featuring the directorial début of star soprano Patricia Racette.

Sunday, June 24

Enjoy the final morning at leisure. This afternoon we receive a very special private tour at the spectacular Missouri Botanical Garden, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the United States. We will focus on the Doris Waters Harris Lichtenstein Victorian District, home to several impressive gardens and structures, including Garden founder Henry Shaw’s country home, Tower Grove House, and the amazing Japanese Garden, designed by the late Professor Koichi Kawana, a native of Japan and lecturer on environmental design and landscape architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles. An early Farewell Dinner is included at one of our favourite restaurants in the city prior to Marc Blitzstein’s Regina (based on Lillian Hellman’s play The Little Foxes) 7pm curtain.

Monday, June 25

Airport transfers are included and will be arranged on-site.

Production Information

An American Soldier
Conductor: Michael Christie
Director: Matthew Ozawa
Danny Chen: Andrew Stenson
Sergeant Marcum: Wayne Tigges
Mother Chen: Mika Shigematsu

Orfeo & Euridice
Conductor: Pierre Vallet
Director: Ron Daniels
Orfeo: Jennifer Johnson Cano
Euridice: Andriana Chuchman
Amore: Maria Valdes

La traviata
Conductor: Christopher Allen
Director: Patricia Racette
Violetta: Sydney Mancasola
Alfredo: Geoffrey Agpalo
Germont: Joo Won Kang

Regina
Conductor: Stephen Lord
Director: James Robinson
Regina: Susan Graham
Ben Hubbard: James Morris
Oscar Hubbard: Ron Raines