Superb talent in Utah Opera’s Tosca

Some consider Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca to be overly melodramatic, but like many opera lovers I never tire of the melodrama, because it’s paired with such moving and powerful music. Utah Opera’s current production of Tosca, playing at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre through October 18, is near-perfect, with music and performances that left me breathless. … Read more

Utah Opera’s The Rake’s Progress is bold and creative

Utah Opera's The Rake's Progress

Utah Opera’s production of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress is new to Salt Lake City, but this 40-year-old production is one of the most iconic in the history of American opera. The Rake’s Progress follows the story of Tom Rakewell, a young man who decides to reject the life his future father-in-law has set up for … Read more

Utah Opera’s The Pearl Fishers

The Pearl Fishers at Capitol Theater in Salt Lake City.

Utah Opera is back with its second production of the season: The Pearl Fishers, a tale of friendship, forbidden love and sacrifice. The rarely performed opera was written by George Bizet (better known for Carmen) in 1863 and received such harsh criticism that it was not revived in the composer’s lifetime after the initial production … Read more

Utah Opera’s Madame Butterfly

Yunah Lee and Eric Fennell at rehearsal for Utah Opera's Madame Butterfly.

It is a colorful tale of cultures clashing, of love and sacrifice, and most of all, of stunningly beautiful music. Madame Butterfly is one of the most-performed operas of all time, touching audiences for more than a century with the semi-true story of Butterfly, the young Japanese geisha who marries an American naval officer only … Read more

Utah Opera’s The Abduction from the Seraglio

Andrew Stenson as Belmonte and Celena Shafer as Konstanze during rehearsal for the Abduction from the Seraglio.

Utah Opera’s final performance for the 2013-2014 season is The Abduction from the Seraglio, a comic opera by Mozart full of cheery scenery and cheeky laughs.  While the production is lighthearted, the music contains some of the most difficult arias in opera.  The Abduction opened to a full house on Saturday night at Capitol Theater … Read more