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STL Opera Collective presents two operatic monodramas, U.S. Premiere.


STL Opera Collective continues its commitment to performing contemporary chamber opera–producing two operatic monodramas including a U.S. premiere this fall. October 18-20, 2019 at The Chapel, STL Opera Collective presents Sentiment by Juliana Hall, with texts by Caitlin Vincent and the U.S. Premiere of Vivienne by Stephen McNeff, with words by Andy Rashleigh.


Composed in 2017 and premiered earlier this year, Juliana Hall and Caitlin Vincent’s Sentiment explores one woman’s range of emotions while ultimately revealing parts of herself she hides to maintain a positive societal view. “Each section of the work leads into the next: giddy happiness followed by a plunge into depression, then anger and embarrassment at revealing too much to the audience, remorse for lashing out, and finally a plea for the world to see only the singer’s ‘best’ side,” says librettist, Caitlin Vincent. Scored for unaccompanied soprano, Emily Truckenbrod will perform the piece.

Music hall and cabaret musical styles combined with allusions to T.S. Eliot’s most famous poems, Vivienne by Stephen McNeff and Andy Rashleigh tells the story of Eliot’s first wife, Vivienne Haigh-Wood. Premiered in 2013 at the Tête à Tête Festival in London, this tour-de-force one-woman opera explores Vivienne’s ill-fated marriage, poor health, and latter years spent in an asylum. This production, in T.S. Eliot’s hometown of St. Louis, is the U.S. Premiere. Contralto, Stephanie Ruggles sings Vivienne and Artistic Director, Kurtis Shoemake serves as Stage Director and Pianist.

Sung in English. Approx. run time: 1 hour


STL Opera Collective presents Sentiment by Juliana Hall & Caitlin Vincent

and Vivienne by Stephen McNeff & Andy Rashleigh


October 18, 2019- 7:30PM

October 19, 2019- 7:30PM

October 20, 2019- 2:30PM


The Chapel

6238 Alexander Dr

St. Louis, MO 63105


$10.00- General Admission

$5.00-Students with I.D. available at the door.



Kurtis Shoemake

Artistic Director

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