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.
Collaborative Pianist & Chorus Master
Rebecca keeps a busy schedule throughout the Metro East as a freelance musician. She is currently a staff pianist at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Choral Director/vocal coach/keyboardist for Summer Repertory Theater at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois, and a long-time church musician. In addition to these occupations, she maintains her own piano and voice studio. Rebecca received her M.M. in Collaborative Piano Performance, as well as Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy, at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where she was a Teaching Assistant and a recipient of the Dr. Warren L. Brown Memorial Graduate Student Music Award. She earned a B.A. in Music (Piano) from Missouri Southern State 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.
Daniel Dilworth, Director of Media Relations
Daniel Dilworth is a senior at Missouri Baptist University pursuing a B.A. in Theatre and Communications Studies with minors in Public Relations and Journalism. Because of his love for telling meaningful stories, Daniel is passionate about exploring how both media communications and performing arts can accomplish this goal. As a stage actor, he has a deep appreciation for bringing to life the conflicting parts of a character and emphasizing the universality of all characters. Daniel’s credits include Macbeth in Macbeth, Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps, Purser in Anything Goes, and many others. Daniel also enjoys performing in MBU’s Chorale and MBU’s improv group, The Agency.
Rissa Crozier, Costume Shop Manager
Rissa has worked in the St. Louis theatre costume scene for 11 years. She has worked wardrobe for various theatres including Stages St. Louis, The Playhouse at Westport, Opera Theatre of St. Louis and she was the Mainstage Wardrobe Supervisor at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis from 2010-2017. She’s also worked backstage at many local concert tours including, Lady Gaga’s “Joanne” Tour, Taylor Swift’s “Bad Reputation” Tour and Ariana Grande’s “Sweetener” Tour. Rissa has also been a stitcher at Opera Theatre of St. Louis since 2012, and also helps with the costume builds at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and The Muny. She also has many costume design credits including all of the shows at Crossroads College Preparatory School from 2012-2018 and all of the shows at St. Louis Community College at Meramec starting in the fall of 2017 to the present. She was recognized for Outstanding Costume Design for her work on “Fifth of July” at STLCC-Meramec by the American College Theatre Festival. She designed costumes for a short film called, “The Bloodfest Club” and the music video “Madeleine” by music artist Headmess. Rissa was also the costume production assistant for the film “Up In The Air,” starring George Clooney and Anna Kendrick. When she’s not working on costumes, Rissa also enjoys performing in plays and doing stand-up comedy.