Opera Theatre of Saint Louis celebrated the opening of its 2017 season at its Spring Gala held on Saturday, May 13th at the Ritz-Carlton. Chaired by Marilyn Fox, the event celebrated composer Ricky Ian Gordon, whose opera The Grapes of Wrath receives its premiere in a new performing edition this season. Tobias Greenhalgh, Deanna Breiwick and Andrew Lovato sang selections from The Grapes of Wrath, and a selection from La bohème was performed by Michael Brandenburg and Christopher Magiera, who appear in Madame Butterfly this season.