Annual summer opera fest. held in St Louis, Miss., founded 1976 by Richard Gaddes and in first 25 seasons presented 15 world premières and 19 Amer. premières. Colin Graham art. dir. from 1986, Stephen Lord mus. dir. from 1986. Operas perf. in Eng. in 987‐seat Loretto‐Hilton Center on campus of Webster Univ. Audiences dine in garden setting. Singers whose careers blossomed at this fest. incl. Christine Brewer, Susan Graham, Dwayne Croft, and Sylvia McNair.