Opera Theatre announces its annual Tweet Seats program, during which active Twitter users will have the opportunity to share their opera experience in real time online by tweeting via their smartphones from the theatre. Since the launch of this program in 2013, selected audience members have live tweeted a wide range of OTSL productions, including The Barber of Seville, La bohème, The Magic Flute, The Pirates of Penzance, and The Elixir of Love. Over the life of the program, Opera Theatre has reached in excess of 15 million Twitter users through this innovative program.
For its fifth year, Opera Theatre is offering Tweet Seats for two operas this season. Twitter users are able to apply for tickets to either or both Tweet Seat performances:
- Madame Butterfly on May 26 at 8 p.m.
- The Grapes of Wrath on May 31 at 8 p.m.
Twitter users can follow participants in the “Tweet Seats” program on Twitter through the hashtags #OTSLButterfly and #OTSLGrapes. Seating is located at the rear of the Loretto-Hilton Center, and all cell phones must remain on silent so as not to disrupt other patrons. Larger mobile devices such as laptops and tablets are not permitted.
Applications are available online, and potential “Tweeters” are encouraged to submit early. All applications must be received no later than 48 hours prior to each performance. Those who submit early will receive priority over later applicants. To apply to participate in Tweet Seats this season visit http://www.opera-stl.org/tweetseats/ to fill out a brief application.
Opera Theatre’s 2017 Festival Season runs from May 20 – June 25 and features Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, the American premiere of Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton’s The Trial, the premiere of a new performing version of Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie’s The Grapes of Wrath, Mozart’s Titus (La clemenza di Tito), and the annual Center Stage showcase concert featuring members of OTSL’s young artist programs. Subscriptions and single tickets for the 2017 Festival Season are now available. For more information, visit ExperienceOpera.org or call the box office at (314) 961-0644. V
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About Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is one of the leading American opera companies, known for a spring festival of inventive new productions, sung in English, featuring the finest American singers and accompanied by members of the St. Louis Symphony. As of its 2016 Festival Season, Opera Theatre has presented 25 world premieres and 26 American premieres — which may be the highest percentage of new work in the repertory of any U.S. company. Described by the Sunday Times of London as “one of the few American companies worth the transatlantic fare,” Opera Theatre of Saint Louis annually welcomes visitors from nearly every state and close to a dozen foreign countries. Although the size of the theater typically limits box office income to less than a quarter of the budget, the company has consistently produced work of the highest quality while never accumulating a deficit.
Opera Theatre also has a long tradition of discovering and promoting the careers of the finest operatic artists of the current generation. Among the artists who had important early opportunities at Opera Theatre are Christine Brewer, Susan Graham, Nathan Gunn, Patricia Racette, Thomas Hampson, Jerry Hadley, Dawn Upshaw, Matthew Polenzani, Sylvia McNair, Erie Mills, Dwayne Croft, Kelly Kaduce, and Lawrence Brownlee. Opera Theatre has always been known for distinguished leadership: founding general director Richard Gaddes was succeeded in 1985 by General Director Charles MacKay, with famed British stage director Colin Graham as Artistic Director and Stephen Lord (1992 – present) as Music Director. Timothy O’Leary was named General Director in October 2008 with acclaimed stage director James Robinson succeeding the late Colin Graham.
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is funded in part by the Regional Arts Commission, Arts and Education Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Missouri Arts Council, with audience building programs supported by The Wallace Foundation.
Generous leadership support for the services of the St. Louis Symphony is provided by Jack C. Taylor and the Taylor family.