Backstage at the Opera

The Creation of Florencia

Posted by Carol Anderson in Program Notes

The commission of Florencia en el Amazonas grew out of the success of Rappacini’s Daughter, which brought the work of Daniel Catán to the attention of David Gockley, then general director of Houston Grand Opera, a company known for its support and encouragement of new…

Daniel Catán – The Composer of Florencia

Posted by Carol Anderson in Productions

Until his untimely death in April of 2011, Mexican-born composer Daniel Catán was arguably the most notable Latin American composer in the field, and certainly the pre-eminent composer of Latino opera. His upbringing and training were exceedingly cosmopolitan, spanning multiple continents. Born in Mexico City,…

The Amazon – The World of Florencia

Posted by Carol Anderson in Program Notes

The vast expanse of the Amazon River is the setting for the story of Florencia en el Amazonas. The Amazon itself is an astounding ecosystem vital to the survival of our planet. Covering approximately 30% of the landmass of South America, the Amazon River accounts…

The Opera Alligator in Il Trovatore

Posted by Opera Gal in Props

For those who don’t already know, our props master has a plastic alligator, about 18 inches long. For years now, the alligator has been camouflaged and placed somewhere in each Utah Opera production. If you can find the alligator, just email the ticket office at…