OTSL + Isaac Mizrahi+ Flute

“Soprano Elizabeth Zharoff’s Pamina was well sung and affectingly acted.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 2014

When I learned that Isaac Mizrahi was going to be directing me in the upcoming Flute production at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, I most definitely did do a double-check in the mirror. And decided that I’ve been exercising and eating quite well for the past couple of years- and it shows.

I want to take a paragraph to express how much I love the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. I was Gerdine Young Artist with them for 3 summers, and returned in the lead role of Flute this year. They’ve also brought me back for concerts and special events. Not only are they a joy to work with, but they also break the boundaries between singers and the audience more than any other company I’ve ever seen. The audience is seated close enough to feel our loving spit, and we’re encouraged to mingle after every performance at a candlelit outdoor reception. At the end of the summer, I knew almost all of the regulars by name- and I also liked them all. I think this audience/artist relationship is the largest reason OTSL is so successful.

If one thing stuck out the most to me about this production of Magic Flute, it was the “doubling” that Isaac Mizrahi designed. I had a dancer-double Pamina, and my wig and make-up were designed to look just like her. Of course, she was tiny and, uh blonde. Tee-hee!


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