By Katie Yeadon
Photos by Wesley Law
Inspired by the upcoming re-launch of the film version of The Great Gatsby, we cast two of this season’s Opera Theatre of St. Louis stars into F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic characters. A gorgeous day and a beautiful backdrop helped create the ideal setting for a glimpse into the fabulous fashion of the 1920s.
ABOUT THE ACTORS
Corinne Winters, a soprano for OTSL, portrays Micaëla in Carmen this season. She also debuts with the National Symphony Orchestra as the soprano solo in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
For Winters, inspiration can be found anywhere from nature to random acts of kindness. Her dream roles are Madama Butterfly and Tatyana in Eugene Onegin—“two passionate and self-sacrificing women who dare to follow their hearts, even at a high price.” Winters adds that she has always been fascinated by the dichotomy of opera. “Opera is the juxtaposition of highly complex, learned aspects of the arts: music composition, orchestra, unamplified singing, theatre, fashion, language, poetry and dance; however, the stories are all about basic emotions— love, greed and revenge, which anyone on the planet can relate to.”
Tenor Adam Diegel plays Don José in OTSL’s Carmen this season. He also appears in Madama Butterfly and Nabucco at the Metropolitan Opera.
Diegel says each performance is a new experience. “Nothing goes exactly the same way as the last performance, and it’s always exciting to explore the character and opera further.” He hopes to tackle his dream role, Othello, later in his career. “It’s a Verdian masterpiece, and it challenges every singer who sings it, both vocally and dramatically.” Diegel also notes that he loves the complexity of opera. “It is the only artistic medium that combines all the artistic genres—voice, music, dance and visual art. When it’s done right, there is nothing else like it on the planet!”
- Brittany Nay