Backstage at the Opera

The Costume Shop

Posted by Ginamarie Marsala in Abduction, Costumes, Productions

The Utah Opera Costume Department is at it again, creating beautiful costumes for the upcoming performance of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio. The last production, Turandot, came with its own costumes that our costume department only had to do last minute alterations on. For…

The Singspiel and Mozart

Posted by Utah Opera in Abduction, Online Learning

Lesson created by Dr. Luke Howard of the BYU School of Music. Few composers have exerted such a pronounced impact on the development of opera as Mozart.  Like his older colleague Christoph Gluck (1714-87), Mozart understood that the mid-18th century traditions of opera inherited from…

Mozart and Musical Exoticism

Posted by Utah Opera in Abduction, Online Learning

Lesson created by Dr. Luke Howard of the BYU School of Music. Enlightenment Europe in the 18th century seemed captivated by exotic cultures, a fascination expressed in its literature, art, design, and even music.  As the Christian church began to lose its monopoly on the…

Thoughts from Christopher McBeth

Posted by Christopher McBeth in From our Artistic Director

We’re still basking a bit in the glow of our recent presentation of Puccini’s Turandot (pronounced WITH the “t” thank you)…in some cases…the staff is still recuperating as it was one of the more intense productions we’ve staged in a few seasons. I am particularly…