Damien Sneed, Justin Austin & Jacqueline Echols Star in Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Concert

By Afton Wooten

The Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is set to present Damien Sneed‘s concert “Our Song, Our Story.”

The concert will highlight well-known operatic arias, art songs, and spirituals. The solo and duet performances will pay homage to two iconic Black singers, Marian Anderson and Jessye Norman.

Repertoire includes works by Händel, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Strauss, Gershwin, Margaret Bonds, Harry T. Burleigh, and Richard Smallwood. As well as a newly commissioned work from Sneed.

The program’s curator will provide piano accompaniment for baritone Justin Austin, and soprano Jacqueline Echols. They will be joined by the Griot String Quartet: Dr. Amyr Joyner on violin, Messiah Ahmed on violin, Edward W. Hardy on viola, and Thapelo Masita on cello.

The concert is scheduled for Feb. 4, 2023, at 8 pm at The Sheldon in St. Louis.