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An American Soldier

Fri., June 22, 8 p.m.

America at its best is a nation based on the belief that people who may not look alike, worship the same way or come from the same background are all capable of believing in and defending the American dream. Huang Ruo and David Henry Hwang's opera An American Soldier is inspired by an incident when soldiers refused to accept one of their own because of the way he looked. Danny Chen was born in New York's Chinatown and enlisted in the Army after high school. During basic training he was welcomed as another true patriot, willing to fight and die for his country. But when he arrives in Afghanistan, he quickly learns his Chinese-American background doesn't sit well with his racist superiors, who repeatedly and sometimes violently abuse him under the guise of "hazing." The world premiere of the full-length version of An American Soldier gets underway at 7 p.m. tonight at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.opera-stl.org). The show is performed five more times in repertory through Friday, June 22. $30-$135

An American Soldier

Fri., June 22, 8-10:30 p.m.
phone 314-961-0644

Danny Chen is the son of Chinese immigrants, and a proud American. He enlists in the US Army in 2011, eager to serve his country. In boot camp, Danny is welcomed by his band of brothers. But in Afghanistan, his own base becomes enemy territory as military hazing turns deadly. Based on a true story, this opera asks powerful questions about what it means to be an American. $25-$132

https://www.opera-stl.org/season-and-events/productions/an-american-soldier-2018
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Orfeo and Eurydice

Sat., June 23, 1 p.m.

Christoph Willibald Glück's opera Orfeo and Eurydice begins with Eurydice's funeral, as Orfeo laments the death of his beloved wife. Amore (more commonly known as Cupid) arrives to tell the bereaved that he may go recover Eurydice from Hades and bring her back to life, but there's a catch: If Orfeo looks back, Eurydice will die permanently. He makes the long journey to the realm of the dead, but neglects to mention to his beloved the conditions of her return. Opera Theatre St. Louis presents Orfeo and Eurydice at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.opera-stl.org), with Missouri native Jennifer Johnson Cano in the role of Orfeo and the Big Muddy Dance Company as the dance corps. The show is performed five more times in repertory through June 23. Tickets are $27 to $132. $27-$132

La traviata

Sat., June 23, 8 p.m.

Late May in St. Louis means the return of Opera Theatre St. Louis, and here the company is, right on time with Giuseppe Verdi's wildly popular La traviata. It's the story of the queen of Paris courtesans, Violetta. She keeps things light, joyful and decidedly impersonal — "don't fall in love" is the rule she never flouts. But then she meets young idealist Alfredo at a party and contemplates breaking her own iron rule. To make matters worse, her nagging cough seems to be back, just as she believed she had beaten it. La traviata is performed at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.experienceopera.org) and then seven more times in repertory through June 23. Tickets are $25 to $127. $25-$127

La traviata

Sat., June 23, 8-10:45 p.m.
phone 314-961-0644

Violetta has one important rule: never fall in love. As a Parisian courtesan, her life is full of parties, admirers, and — most importantly — freedom. Then she meets Alfredo. His naive sincerity sweeps her off her feet. Just when Violetta thinks she has escaped her past, she is asked to make an unthinkable sacrifice. Will pride, love, or honor prevail? Embrace the romance of this Verdi masterpiece, featuring the directing debut of star soprano Patricia Racette. $25-$132

https://www.opera-stl.org/season-and-events/productions/la-traviata-2018
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Orfeo and Euridice

Sat., June 23, 1-3:15 p.m.
phone 314-961-0644

What would you do if you lost your soulmate? For Orfeo, the answer is simple: get her back — even if it means traveling to the underworld. He braves every challenge, armed with nothing more than his music and his devotion. Little does he realize that his greatest obstacle will ultimately be his own passion. As a myth, it’s a celebration of love and of music’s transcendent power. As an opera, it’s a ravishing masterpiece. $25-$132

https://www.opera-stl.org/season-and-events/productions/orfeo-and-euridice-2018
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Regina

Sun., June 24, 7 p.m.

Regina Hubbard Giddens became wealthy and powerful by choice. Denied her share of the family fortune inherited by her two brothers, she marries the rich but mild-mannered Horace for his money. When her brothers offer her a buy-in on their new financial scheme, she's infuriated by Horace's rejection of the plan and even more angered by his outright refusal to just give her the money. This sets Regina on a path to ruin every man in her extended family, and her chosen tools are murder, blackmail and whatever else comes to mind. Lillian Hellman's play The Little Foxes provides the basis for the opera Regina, written and composed by Marc Blitzstein. Opera Theatre St. Louis presents Regina as its second show of the summer, with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in the title role, at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Webster University's Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.opera-stl.org). The show is performed six more times in repertory through June 24. Tickets are $25 to $185. $25-$185

Regina

Sun., June 24, 8-11 p.m.
phone 314-961-0644

Theft. Blackmail. Murder. Is there nothing that Regina Giddens won’t do to satisfy her ambition? Based on Lillian Hellman’s play The Little Foxes, and set against a Southern backdrop of spirituals, jazz, and ragtime, this deliciously twisted opera pits siblings and spouses against each other in a battle for the family business. Prepare to be scandalized — and entertained — as the renowned Susan Graham returns to Opera Theatre to portray one of the American stage’s most fascinating characters. $25-$132

https://www.opera-stl.org/season-and-events/productions/regina-2018
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H.M.S. Pinafore

Fri., July 6, 8-10:30 p.m., Sat., July 7, 8-10:30 p.m., Fri., July 13, 8-10:30 p.m. and Sat., July 14, 8-10:30 p.m.
phone 314-361-2881
info@unionavenueopera.org

@ Union Avenue Opera, 733 N. Union Blvd 63108
Take to the high seas aboard Her Majesty's Ship Pinafore in this traditional telling of Gilbert & Sullivan's beloved comic operetta full of mistaken identity, duty, intrigue and lots of laughs. Poking good-natured fun at patriotism, party politics, the Royal Navy, and the appointment of unqualified people to positions of authority, H.M.S. Pinafore is a classic, time-tested delight not to be missed. $32-$55 for single tickets; subscriptions starting at $80

https://unionavenueopera.org/2018-festival-season-2/
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Nabucco

Fri., July 27, 8-11 p.m., Sat., July 28, 8-11 p.m., Fri., Aug. 3, 8-11 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 4, 8-11 p.m.
phone 314-361-2881
info@unionavenueopera.org

@ Union Avenue Opera, 733 N. Union Blvd 63108
War rages on between Babylon and Jerusalem. Abigaille, daughter of the King of Babylon, ruthlessly plans to take down the kingdom, claim Nabucco's throne, and kill all the imprisoned Israelites. Not since Wagner's Ring cycle has Union Avenue Opera presented a show with such epic splendor. Experience some of Verdi's grandest orchestral and choral music ever written, including the soul-stirring "Va, pensiero" chorus. $32-$55 for single tickets; subscriptions starting at $80

https://unionavenueopera.org/2018-festival-season-2/
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Lost in the Stars

Fri., Aug. 17, 8-10:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 18, 8-10:30 p.m., Fri., Aug. 24, 8-10:30 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 25, 8-10:30 p.m.
phone 314-361-2881
info@unionavenueopera.org

@ Union Avenue Opera, 733 N. Union Blvd 63108
Merging influences from Broadway, traditional African music, jazz, and blues, Kurt Weill’s final work for the stage is a gripping musical tragedy based on Alan Paton’s novel Cry, the Beloved Country. Set in 1940s South Africa apartheid, Lost in the Stars soars with thrilling operatic passages as it lays bare the tragedy of social barriers among all people, ending with a moving promise of reconciliation and hope for the future. $32-$55 for single tickets; subscriptions starting at $80

https://unionavenueopera.org/2018-festival-season-2/
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