Soprano Andriana Chuchman Announced as the 5th Winner

of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’s Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Prize

Andriana Chuchman

 Opera Theatre of Saint Louis general director Timothy O’Leary announced today that soprano Andriana Chuchman has won the 2017 Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Prize.  The prize recognizes extraordinary artistic potential in early-career artists and provides support for the recipient’s continued artistic and professional development.  Chuchman will receive a $10,000 award that may be applied to expenses to further her artistic and professional growth. She is the fifth Opera Theatre singer to receive the grant.  Previous winners are soprano Corinne Winters in 2011, bass-baritone Aubrey Allicock in 2013, tenor René Barbera in 2015, and soprano Sydney Mancasola in 2016. All previous winners have gone forward to enjoy meaningful growth in their careers since receiving the award.

The prize is a key component of The Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Young Artist Education and Development Programs at Opera Theatre, which were named in recognition of a $2 million gift from The Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation in 2010.  This gift helps endow Opera Theatre’s acclaimed professional development initiatives.

Mabel Purkerson, a trustee of the Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation and an Opera Theatre board member commented, “It has been a pleasure to watch the careers of these young artists blossom, in part as a result of this award. We are honored to play a small role in helping these talented singers achieve great success. I cannot wait to see the new milestones in Andriana’s career in the years ahead – and her return to the OTSL stage.”

“Andriana was the unanimous choice of the awards committee,” said Opera Theatre general director Timothy O’Leary. “She is a gifted singer and actress, and in Shalimar the Clown her performance transformed audiences each night. We look forward to a bright future for her on operatic stages across the world.”

Soprano Andriana Chuchman, Mabel Dorn Reeder Trustee Dr. Mabel Purkerson, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis General Direct Timothy O’Leary with a portrait of Mabel Dorn Reeder

Chuchman is familiar to Opera Theatre audiences for singing the double role of Boonyi Kaul and India Ophuls in the critically acclaimed world premiere of Jack Perla and Rajiv Joseph’s Shalimar the Clown, adapted from the award-winning novel by Salman Rushdie, during OTSL’s 2016 Festival Season.  Since her OTSL debut in Shalimar the Clown in 2016, She has made two stunning appearances, singing Magnolia in Show Boat for Dallas Opera and Pat Nixon in Nixon in China in her debut at Houston Grand Opera.  Her National engagements include roles at New York’s Metropolitan Opera include Adina in L’Elisir d’amore, Miranda in The Enchanted Island, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and Valencienne in The Merry Widow.

Opera Theatre’s 2017 Festival Season runs from May 20 – June 25, and features Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, the American premiere of Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton’s The Trial, the premiere of a new performing version of Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie’s The Grapes of Wrath, Mozart’s Titus (La clemenza di Tito), and the annual Center Stage showcase concert by Gerdine Young Artists.  Subscriptions for the 2017 Festival Season are now available, with single tickets going on sale February 27, 2017. For more information, visit or call the box office at (314) 961-0644.