Golterman's affection for the old opera house runs deep. His grandfather, the opera impresario Guy Golterman, brought Enrico Caruso to St. Louis in 1910 and staged several operas here in the 1910s and '20s before the Kiel opened as the Municipal Auditorium in 1934. Guy Golterman produced some of the first operas at the Kiel during the two-week opening ceremonies, and the family has stayed active in the world of St. Louis opera. Ed Golterman is an accomplished baritone singer and sang the national anthem for the Blues for several years.
As personal as his connection to the Kiel is, however, the 64-year-old Golterman says he's not just trying to save his grandfather's legacy. A fully functioning multiuse venue for concerts, theater and community events -- what he and Breckenridge both envision as the fulfillment of the Kiel's promise -- will be, most important, an anchor for downtown as an entertainment district.
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