If it’s June, it must be time for opera. Or at least that is how it usually works in St. Louis. In 1976, a group of passionate advocates for the artform got together and decided it was time for the city to have its own company.
Their first foray was a success, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis has been thriving ever since. Housed at Webster University in the suburb of Webster Groves, the company presents around four productions a season, hires almost exclusively American talent, boasts an outstanding young artist program, and presents operas in English. More on that a bit later.
Slatkin Conducts Two Productions with Opera Theatre of St. Louis
May 20, 2021
Opera Theatre of St. Louis brings its 2021 season outdoors at the Loretto-Hilton Center. The festival begins with Puccini’s comic opera in one act, Gianni Schicchi, and continues with Highway 1, U.S.A., a long-neglected opera by the “dean” of African American composers, William Grant Still.
MAY 2021: Getting in Shape Edition
Looking at me, you would never know that I was once a skinny, underweight teenager. And before that, back in the ’50s, I was served a malted milk a day to get my girth up to snuff. Those days are long gone.
With the ever-present battle of the bulge raging, the pandemic provided an opportunity to try and get myself into decent shape. For starters, I would not be dining out for quite a while, which was good news for my waistline. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet was difficult on the road given the lure of late-night gastronomic delights at parties, receptions and fine restaurants. Most of the establishments I ate in did not have salad bars.
NEA Funding for “The Slatkin Shuffle” on Classic 107.3 FM
May 13, 2021
The National Endowment for the Arts announced that Radio Arts Foundation will receive a Grant for Arts Projects in the music category. Classic 107.3 FM will use the funding to support “The Slatkin Shuffle,” a weekly radio program in which Slatkin shares anecdotes about the eclectic collection of songs in his playlist.