Backstage at the Opera

Strauss’ Music

Posted by Paul Dorgan in Program Notes

RICHARD STRAUSS 1864 – 1949 Very few composers have achieved equal success in both the Concert Hall and the Opera House. Bach spent much of his life providing music for the services at Leipzig’s Thomaskirche, so his opportunities to compose for either CH or OH…

Sonic Salomes

Posted by Paul Dorgan in Program Notes

Richard Strauss was well aware of the challenge posed by his eponymous heroine: she should be, he said, a fifteen-year-old with the voice of an Isolde. Marie Wittich, who created the role of Salome, was a noted interpreter of Wagnerian heroines; she voiced many objections…

Salome – The Story and Music

Posted by Paul Dorgan in Music, Program Notes

Two musical masterpieces open with an ascending clarinet scale which immediately establishes the mood for what is to come. In George Gershwin’s 1924 Rhapsody in Blue, the opening clarinet lick takes us inside a smoke-filled dive in New Orleans, where the alcohol may well be…

Salome’s Orchestra

Posted by Paul Dorgan in Program Notes

Piccolo. 3 Flutes. 2 Oboes. English Horn. Heckelphone*. 2 Clarinets in A. 2 Clarinets in Bb. Bass-clarinet in Bb. 3 Bassoons. Contrabassoon. 6 French Horns. 4 Trumpets. 4 Trombones. Bass Tuba. 4 Kettledrums. 1 small kettledrum. Percussion (6-7 players): Gong; Cymbals; Bass Drum; Snare Drum;…

A Wilde Source for Salome

Posted by Paul Dorgan in Program Notes

Salome is not mentioned in the New Testament: at least, not by name. Only two of the evangelists, Mark and Matthew, mention the execution of John the Baptist: Mark writes that “Herodias’ daughter came in and danced,” while Matthew just says “the daughter of Herodias”…

Biography of Oscar Wilde

Posted by Paul Dorgan in Program Notes

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Ireland on October 16, 1854. His father, Sir Willliam, was a noted Ear-Nose-Throat surgeon; his mother’s nom de plume was Speranza and she hosted extravagant soirées in their Dublin home, No. 1, Merrion Square, probably the most…

An Average Day of Daily Reminders

Posted by Opera Gal in Resident Artists

by Abigail Levis, Utah Opera Resident Artist Throughout their schooling, singers are taught that their grandiose expectations and childhood dreams of fame, fortune, and critical acclaim are seldom realized. Anyone with an active performing career will tell you that, though they worked very hard to…

Capitol Theatre Renovation – in Pictures

Posted by Opera Gal in Productions

The Capitol Theatre is currently undergoing some renovations – there will be changes to the seating and sightlines, the heating/cooling system, and the lobby. It’s scheduled to re-open at the beginning of December, and we’ll be back in the Capitol Theatre for our January production…