Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: Through August 27, 2016
 
Doubt Makes St. Louis Premiere at Union Avenue Opera, St. Louis, MO

 

  

Doubt: Christine Brewer as Sister Aloysius (photo credit Christian Steiner)

 

St. Louis, MO, July 21, 2016 – Critics and audiences agree that Union Avenue Opera’s Twenty Second Festival Season opener The Mikado was a “sparkling production” with a “refreshing and humorous presentation” where “excellence pervades all aspects of the show.” Amidst the rave reviews, the cast of Puccini’s dramatic Tosca, is hard at work bringing the tragic tale to life. Tosca will be performed at Union Avenue Opera July 29, 30 and August 5, 6 at 8:00pm., at the Union Avenue Opera, 733 N. Union Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63108.

For the final offering of the season, Union Avenue Opera is proud to present the St. Louis premiere of Douglas J. Cuomo’s opera Doubt, starring world-renowned soprano, and local audience favorite, Christine Brewer.

 

Tickets: Single tickets are on sale for as low as $35 and may be purchased online at www.unionavenueopera.org, by phone at (314) 361-2881, and at Union Avenue Opera, 733 N. Union Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63108. Student rush tickets available at the door with a valid student ID. Group rates available by calling the Box Office.
 
In its first production after the premiere in 2013, Doubt will star Christine Brewer as Sister Aloysius, a role she originated. “I am very excited to revisit the role of Sister Aloysius,” said Ms. Brewer. Doubt is based on the 2005 Tony Award-winning play and 2009 Oscar-nominated screenplay by playwright John Patrick Shanley. Cuomo’s innovatively orchestrated score is by turns lush, acerbic, jazz-tinged, and mesmerizing, bringing the multitudinous intricacies of the complex plot to life. Brewer added, “I love how Doug Cuomo's music adds another layer of emotion to John Patrick Shanley's beautiful text. There are moments which are heartbreaking and I love singing this score!”
 
"Doing new work is alway liberating” said stage director Tim Ocel. “The production is able to make choices unencumbered by decades, sometimes centuries, of previous interpretation.  What I find interesting about Doubt is that it examines the collateral damage of Certainty as much as the spiritual crisis of Doubt.  It’s no accident that this phrase is repeated in the libretto: In the pursuit of wrongdoing one steps away from God.” “This debut marks a definite milestone in our company’s artistic growth” said conductor and UAO Founding Artistic Director, Scot Schoonover.
 
The Story - Father Flynn enjoys a secure appointment and popularity in the community until Sister James suspects him of carrying on an improper relationship with the school’s first African-American student. Sister Aloysius, the school’s authoritarian principal, sets out to remove Flynn. Gender politics, race relations and the role of the church, questions about personal responsibility, doubt, right and wrong are all brought to bear here. So much in Doubt is about what is left unsaid and continually running beneath the surface.
 
Conductor – Scott Schoonover
Director – Tim Ocel
Scenic Designer – Kyra Bishop
Costume Designer – Teresa Doggett
Lighting Designer – Jeff Behm
 
Sister Aloysius – Christine Brewer*
Father Flynn – Wes Mason*
Sister James – Elise Quagliata
Mrs. Miller – Melody Wilson*
 
*UAO stage debut
 
Doubt will be presented in English with projected English supertitles and accompanied by a full union orchestra; all instrumentalists are members of the American Federation of Musicians.
 
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. Union Avenue Opera hires its artists based on their ability not their résumé.  Therefore, UAO provides promising singers the first stepping stone of their professional career. UAO is a publicly supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in Missouri.
 
UAO offers vibrant and affordable opera experiences in original languages to audiences that reflect the breadth and diversity of the St. Louis region from the acoustically superb sanctuary of an historic church located in the urban Visitation Park neighborhood of St. Louis' Central West End. 
 
Financial Assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and with support from the Regional Arts Commission.
 
Web: www.unionavenueopera.org

 

Mrs. Miller-Melody Wilson

 

Doubt: Elise Quagliata as Sister James

 

Doubt: Wes Mason as Father Flynn

 

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Interviews and press tickets available upon request.

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Emily DePauw

Email: emily@unionavenueopera.org

Phone: (314) 361-2881

Media Visits: Please inquire

 

Union Avenue Opera

St. Louis, Missouri

Web: www.unionavenueopera.org

 

 Calendar Listing

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: Union Avenue Opera's 22nd Festival Season

Event Date: Through August 27, 2016

Event Time: 8:00pm

Event Location: Union Avenue Opera, 733 N. Union Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63108.

Admission: Single tickets are on sale for as low as $35 and may be purchased online at www.unionavenueopera.org, by phone at (314) 361-2881, and at Union Avenue Opera, 733 N. Union Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63108. Student rush tickets available at the door with a valid student ID. Group rates available by calling the Box Office.

Web: www.unionavenueopera.org

Contact: Emily DePauw, emily@unionavenueopera.org, (314) 361-2881

Description: Critics and audiences agree that Union Avenue Opera’s Twenty Second Festival Season opener The Mikado was a “sparkling production” with a “refreshing and humorous presentation” where “excellence pervades all aspects of the show.” Amidst the rave reviews, the cast of Puccini’s dramatic Tosca, is hard at work bringing the tragic tale to life. Tosca will be performed at Union Avenue Opera July 29, 30 and August 5, 6 at 8:00pm., at the Union Avenue Opera, 733 N. Union Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63108. For the final offering of the season, Union Avenue Opera is proud to present the St. Louis premiere of Douglas J. Cuomo’s opera Doubt, starring world-renowned soprano, and local audience favorite, Christine Brewer. Tickets: Single tickets are on sale for as low as $35 and may be purchased online at www.unionavenueopera.org, by phone at (314) 361-2881, and at Union Avenue Opera, 733 N. Union Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63108. Student rush tickets available at the door with a valid student ID. Group rates available by calling the Box Office.

 


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