St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis is blessed with an unusually fine classical music scene for a city of its size and resources. Here are some highlights of 2017...
Opera of the year
“The Grapes of Wrath, by composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Michael Korie, in its new condensed version at Opera Theatre of St. Louis. There’s not a lot here in the way of hummable tunes, but it packs a dramatic punch and pleases harmonically. The production, led by OTSL artistic director James Robinson, was imaginative and effective; the large cast of more than 30 artists, led by mezzo-soprano Katharine Goeldner as Ma Joad, soprano Deanna Breiwick as Rosasharn and Tobias Greenhalgh as Tom Joad, was uniformly well-chosen."
–Sarah Bryan Miller