Past Shows

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Season Six

Opera Mad Libs
from the crazed mind of Caetlyn Van Buren

June 28 & 29, 2019

Mad Libs – a word game where a list of words is substituted into a story.
Noun – a person, place, or thing.
Verb – a word that describes action
Pronoun – a word that replaces a noun or noun phrase.
Adjective – describes a noun or pronoun.
Adverb – modifies a verb, adjective, or another adverb.
Opera – screaming with style.
Gateway Opera – your favorite kind of crazy opera singers.
Opera Mad Libs – a really fun idea.
Gerund – another horrible idea.


Season Five

15 Minute Mozarts15 Minute Mozarts
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Adapted by Caetlyn Van Buren

May 11 & 12, 2018

Gateway Opera is taking the humor and beauty of Mozart’s three Da Ponte operas and pushing them to their absolute, ridiculous limit. Condensing each opera to just 15 minutes each, this is Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan Tutte like you’ve never seen them before, filled with witty absurdity, frantic plot exposition, and – of course – a glorious aria or two.


Season Four

Mayhem à la FemmeMayhem à la Femme
A Celebration of Women Composers

June 16 & 17, 2017

a Shell of a Troll
a rich troll. his subdued daughter. their human servant. oh, and magical law enforcer fairies. a Shell of a Troll follows the story of Senator Pompe on just another Sunday Gun Day. (some adult content, crude bigotry, political spitfire, and tears of laughter, or perhaps sorrow may apply) – on a Shell of a Troll by St. Louis native D. Jasper Sussman, a political absurdist surrealist murder mystery drama comedy opera in 20 minutes
Cendrillon spends all of her time taking care of her hopeless sisters and incompetent Baron father instead of following her true passion of social and environmental activism. But when the Prince comes in disguise looking for the woman who keeps writing scathing political letters to the palace, Cendrillon finds herself transported to the ball by her over-enthusiastic Fairy Godmother. Will Cendrillon ever get her wish? – Cendrillon by Pauline Viardot translated and updated by Caetlyn Van Buren
Snow White Turns Sixty
Snow White Turns Sixty is a set of twelve retellings of traditional fairy tales. Some are modern updates; some are twisted reinterpretations. Collectively, the songs retell traditional fairy tales in provocative, gory, humorous, dark, sexy, violent, joyful, and ultimately liberating ways, as each character discovers a new and previously untold element of her particular story. All use texts by contemporary female poets. – Snow White Turns Sixty by Dale Trumbore


Season Three

Gateway Opera Showcase

GO Showcase
February 5, 2016

From the crazed minds that brought you Gateway Opera’s expanded English edition of Mozart’s The Impresario, comes a brand new kind of opera showcase, featuring moving scenes from such made-up opera classics as LOLCATS teh Oper, The Blue Chair, Carmen vs. Lucia, Star Trek the Opera, and Opera the Opera. Join Gateway Opera for a night of fun as we celebrate the wonderful and the weird in the world of opera featuring local St. Louis artists.

The Break-UpThe Break-Up
by Eva Kendrick

March 18 & 20, 2016

When Jake asks to meet Debbie outside of their usual date night, she wonders if he is finally going to pop the question, but he has something quite different in mind. Fall in and out (and back in) love again with this comedic mini-opera that explores modern relationships. The Break-Up has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Opera-Theater Division of The American Prize.

Clever ArtificeThe Clever Artifice of Harriet and Margaret
by Leanna Kirchoff

March 18 & 20, 2016

Based on Alice Gerstenberg’s 1913 play, Overtones, the opera depicts the cat-and-mouse conversation between Harriet and Margaret, as they each try to accomplish their agenda without the other one knowing it. Coached by their inner selves, the two frenemies navigate a conversation fraught with subtext, manipulation, and self-deception.

by William Bolcom
Libretto by Mark Stephen Campbell

April 8 & 9, 2016

Lucrezia is a chamber opera, composed by William Bolcom, with libretto by Mark Campbell, scored for five singers and two pianists. It’s a zarzuela riff on Machiavelli’s La Mandragola and re-imagines the comedy’s heroine as an intelligent seductress in charge of her own destiny.


Season Two

The BoorThe Boor
by Dominick Argento

February 20 & 21, 2015

In this hilarious contemporary opera, a youthful widow receives an unwanted social call from a neighbor who was owed money by her late husband. Their polite conversation quickly turns into a standoff, and before the man knows what has happened, the widow has challenged him to a duel! But will she aim for the heart?

The ImpresarioThe Impresario
by W. A. Mozart (In a brand-new expanded English edition)

April 24 & 25, 2015

An entrepreneur struggles to hold together an opera company filled with affairs, feuding singers, and a strained budget. This new expanded English edition commissioned by Gateway Opera features favorites from Cosi fan tutte, The Magic Flute, Idomeneo and more!


Season One

Old Maid PicsThe Old Maid and the Thief
by Gian Carlo Menotti

April 4 & 5, 2014

A spinster and her housemaid open their home to a handsome beggar named Bob, each desperately vying for his attention in a town that boasts few eligible men. Then reports surface that a criminal is on the loose who matches Bob’s description.