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The Shows+

La traviata.

Giuseppe Verdi

La traviata is the bucket list opera: lush, romantic, sweeping, grand. The story that inspired Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge is a classic Parisian tragi-romance. Girl meets boy, girl falls for boy against her will, people object to scandalous affair, girl gets consumption. (Suddenly, 19th century life doesn’t sound so glamorous.) But this is no dry cough of an opera. It’s full of passion, scandal, regret, and redemption. Enjoy some of opera’s most famous tunes, including a ballroom toast that will have you ready to lift your own glass of bubbly and sing along!


Marc Blitzstein

If you think the Kardashians are the height of drama, you haven't met the Hubbards. This turn-of-the-century Alabama family has plenty of dysfunction to go around. Regina and her two brothers are each angling for control of the family business, no matter who gets hurt in the process. From arranged marriages to outright theft, they’ll stop at nothing to satisfy their ambitions. Packed with more family drama than an episode of Game of Thrones, this landmark piece of American theater is set to a vibrant score influenced by jazz, ragtime, and spirituals.

An American Soldier

Huang Ruo & David Henry Hwang

Based on a true story, this powerful opera is one of OTSL’s most anticipated world premieres. Danny Chen was just a child in New York City’s Chinatown when the US was attacked on September 11, 2001. He enlists in the Army after high school, even though his immigrant parents would rather he went to college. Caught between two cultures, Danny is eager to prove just how American he is, but his deployment ends in tragedy. As the resulting court-martial brings dark details to light, one question lingers: what does it mean to be an American today?

Orfeo & Euridice

Christoph Willibald Gluck

The course of true love never did run smooth! When Orfeo loses the love of his life, he does what any self-respecting musician would do: grabs his instrument and sings about his heartbreak. Luckily, these are ancient times, and gods are everywhere. So, naturally, Cupid pops down to tell Orfeo how to rescue his wife from the Underworld. The shepherd sets off on a hair-raising musical adventure, armed with nothing more than his harp and his devotion. But mythical obstacles abound, and even loving looks can kill.

Center Stage

A Young Artist Showcase

In this one-night-only concert, exceptionally talented stars-in-the-making from around the world take the stage. Accompanied by members of the amazing St. Louis Symphony, and featuring iconic moments from some of opera’s greatest hits – this is one show you won’t want to miss. No, you can’t catch it on YouTube later.

The Parties+

What's a social event without an after party?

When the bows are over, the festivities move to the starlit gardens. You’re welcome to hang around, meet the performers, and enjoy post-performance cocktails.

Everyone's invited.

Food & Drink+

You may not expect to find one of the best picnic spots in St. Louis at the opera, but our beautiful gardens are full of unique delights.

Order your picnic ahead, bring your own feast, or enjoy sandwiches, snacks, and a full bar in the gardens or under one of our casual tents. Snacks and drinks are also available for purchase during intermission and after the show.

Order a Picnic


Tuxedos and ball gowns are out of style at the opera.

This is not a situation where you need to get fancy. Most people just wear what they wore to work — whether that’s a suit or a sundress. Whatever makes you comfortable is good with us.


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