Union Avenue Opera presents 2012 Opera Gala Concert
Union Avenue Opera is pleased to announce the addition of an Opera Gala Concert to conclude its 2012 Season on Saturday, November 3, 8:00 p.m. at Union Avenue Opera, 733 Union Blvd. Led by UAO Artistic Director Scott Schoonover, and hosted by Master of Ceremonies Tom Sudholt, the Gala concert features alumni artists accompanied by the UAO orchestra in an evening of arias and overtures that will delight audiences of all ages.
The concert will showcase the UAO orchestra onstage and feature the return of Ann Hoyt Wazelle (Susanna, Le Nozze di Figaro ’06); Marlissa Hudson (Bess, Porgy and Bess ’07); Andy Papas (Major General, The Pirates of Penzance ’10); Debra Hillabrand (Mrs. Patrick de Rocher, Dead Man Walking ’11); and Jon Garrett (Howard Boucher, Dead Man Walking ’11) alongside artists from UAO’s 2012 season including Courtney Mills (Amelia, Un ballo in maschera); Joy Boland (Freia, Das Rheingold); Marc Schapman (Loge, Das Rheingold); and Clark Sturdevant (Froh, Das Rheingold).
All musicians, including orchestra [members of the American Federation of Musicians] are donating their services for the evening. “I am once again humbled by the dedication and generous spirit of Union Avenue Opera’s wonderful orchestra as they volunteer for a second time to perform a gala event replete with overtures, arias and ensembles. Join us as we welcome old and new friends back to the UAO stage for an unforgettable evening of opera favorites,” said Schoonover. A similar evening was conceived and presented by UAO’s orchestra in 2010.
Patron level seating is available for $250 and includes premium seating, reception ticket and $175 tax-deductible donation. Tickets are also available in the reserved sections for $50 and general admission for $35. To purchase tickets call the UAO box office at 314-361-2881 or visit unionavenueopera.org.
A reception with the artists will follow the concert at Tavern of Fine Arts, 313 Belt Avenue. Reception tickets are $50 and include a $25 tax-deductible donation (reception tickets are not included in the price of concert ticket except where indicated).
About Union Avenue Opera
UAO was founded in 1994 as a means to bring affordable, professional, original-language opera to St. Louis, a mission the company continues to pursue to this day. UAO is committed to hiring the most talented artists, directors, designers and technicians both locally and from across the United States. UAO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in Missouri under the Internal Revenue Service Code.