Three new works were premiered at the 2021 Outdoor Festival Season for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. One of the operas in the “New Works, Bold Voices Lab” (an expansion of OTSL’s existing “New Works, Bold Voices” cycle, which supports contemporary storytelling by American composers and librettists) is “Moon Tea”, created by composer Steve Mackey and librettist Rinde Eckert.

About the opera: Even the rich and famous often long for escape. And in an age when science makes everything seem possible, why not reach for the stars? This new opera by composer Steven Mackey and librettist Rinde Eckert beautifully and wistfully re-imagines a meeting between Queen Elizabeth, her husband Prince Philip, and the Apollo 11 astronauts following the 1969 moon landing.

Classic 107.3’s John Clare spoke to Mackey and Eckert in our studios ahead of the premiere of “Moon Tea”.