Winter Opera St. Louis is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide St. Louis with world-class operatic performances during the winter months. Our work features nationally and internationally known artists, performing classic operas in their original languages, with English supertitles. We also highlight local performers and strengthen the local artistic community year-round through community outreach programs and workshops. We are committed to enhancing public appreciation and support of opera in St. Louis and to preserving the beauty of this art form for generations to come.
Gina Galati is the recent recipient of The Historical Society of St. Louis County’s James O’Flynn Community Service award for founding New Opera Saint Louis, now called Winter Opera St. Louis, where she serves as General Director. Gina received a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Music from Washington University and later received a Masters of Opera from the University of Kansas and earned an Artist Diploma from the Academia Verdiana in Bussetto, Italy. Ms. Galati has performed Rosina in The Barber of Seville with Winter Opera, Amici Opera and the Southern Illinois Music Festival, Musetta in La Bohéme with Witchita Grand Opera, and has performed frequently with the Atlantic Coast Opera Festival, singing Nedda in I Pagliacci, Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Norina in Don Pasquale. Gina sang the role of Giorgetta in Union Avenue Opera’s production of Il Tabarro and made her Powell Symphony Hall debut in December 2008 as the soprano soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the St. Louis Bach Society. Gina has performed the roles of Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Gilda in Rigoletto, Norina in Don Pasquale, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Violetta in La Traviata, Mimi in La Bohème, Baby Doe in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and Suzel in L’amico Fritz with Winter Opera St. Louis. In the summer of 2014, Gina sang Norina in Miami Lyric Opera’s Don Pasquale and Rosina in Opera Medellin’s Il barbiere di Siviglia.
Gail Hintz holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Webster College, a master’s degree in vocal accompanying and coaching from the University of Illinois, and spent a year in Paris studying piano at the Ecole Normale de Musique. She then worked as a vocal coach/accompanist in New York City for several years, coaching singers and serving as music director/pianist for various regional opera and musical theatre companies and tours. Gail moved back to St. Louis in 1989, and currently coaches singers privately, accompanies rehearsals for the Saint Louis Symphony Chorus, plays for the Metropolitan Opera district/regional auditions in St. Louis, works on the music staff at Eliot Unitarian Chapel, and enjoys free-lance accompanying work at St. Joseph Academy, Winter Opera Saint Louis, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and The Muny. Gail’s older son, Alex, is a business major at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and younger son, Eric, is beginning his studies in paramedicine and fire science at Eastern Kentucky University.
Sarah Browdy, a native St. Louisan, started her violin education at the age of five and ultimately earned a degree in music from the University of Missouri. She earned many accolades and scholarships along the way, gaining an extensive education in orchestral and small ensemble performance. Ms. Browdy maintains a violin studio at Teipen Performing Arts, where she focuses on the well-rounded education of her students. Sarah has performed with many organizations including the Illinois Symphony, Owensboro Symphony, Chamber Project-St. Louis, The Fabulous Fox, in addition to numerous groups and orchestras. Ms. Browdy is the owner and contractor of Serenade St. Louis, a service that provides elegant music for many types of occasions. She has been managing and playing with the group since 2011. The Zafira Quartet is Ms. Browdy’s most recent team project. Founded in 2016, The Zafira Quartet is a dynamic and exploratory string ensemble that performs on electric and acoustic instruments. The group pushes the limits of the traditional string quartet by layering and sound sculpting with the use of electronic effects and genre-bending collaborations. You can find members of the quartet playing in the pit with Winter Opera. Sarah has been contracting and managing the Winter Opera orchestra since Season Six and performing since Season Four. Ms. Browdy believes in the rising potential of Winter Opera and is excited for the spectacular seasons to come.
Clare Wall, Administrative Director
Clare Wall earned a Bachelors of Arts in Museum Studies from Tusculum College, and joined Winter Opera’s staff in 2016 as the Administrative Director where she manages all ticket sales, guest relations, studio rentals, and designs advertisement artwork. Before coming to Winter Opera, Clare managed multiple art galleries including Deer Isle Artists Association in Deer Isle, Maine, and Urban Arts Collective in St. Louis. Clare is currently working on a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management through Northeastern University.
Karen Kanakis, Director of Media Relations
Soprano Karen Kanakis is hailed for her fine vocal technique and dramatic flair. Her operatic credits include Giorgettain Il Tabarro, Alice Ford in Falstaff, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Violetta in La Traviata, and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. She is frequently featured as a soloist with symphony organizations performing the Verdi Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. A frequent performer of modern compositions, she can be heard on American composer Brooke Joyce’s CD “Waves of Stone” on the Innova label.