Aerosol scientists suggest that singing is an activity associated with an increased risk of audience exposure to the SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19. In order to minimize that risk, the singers in shows presented at Blue Strawberry starting this August will all perform from as far upstage as possible. Our stage is 10 feet deep, and they will perform at the very back of the stage next to the wall. Supporting musicians will all be masked. We will also pull back our front row of seats 4 feet from the lip of the stage. This will create at least 12 feet of space between the singer and the front row of audience members. We have also reduced our inside capacity from 100 to fewer than half that number.
Craig Terry, pianist and music director
Before Christine Brewer won a Grammy, before she was named one of the top 20 sopranos of all time (BBC Music), and before she played leading roles in the great opera houses of the world, she was singing gospel and folk with her friends and family in Grand Tower, Illinois, a small town about two hours south of St. Louis.
this show, Christine weaves the music of her childhood and college years with
the music that she discovered in the chorus of the Opera Theatre of St. Louis,
with the repertoire she sang to win the Metropolitan
Opera auditions, with an aria from her debut
at New York City Opera in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, and ultimately with many of her roles for the leading opera companies
of the world.