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TurANdot

BY PUCCINI

CAPITOL THEATRE

MARCH 15, 17, 19, 21 2014 (7:30 PM)
MARCH 23, 2014 (2 PM)

Turandot is Puccini's "cruel princess." She is vain, icy, and seemingly incapable of love. In keeping with her impenetrable persona, she announces that she will marry the man who can solve her three riddles but gravely punish those who cannot. Heads do roll until one clever prince appears and solves her trio of challenges. He then counters with a riddle of his own and Turandot is caught uncomfortably in a web of her own making.

Don't miss this epic new production by design duo Renaud Doucet and Andre Barber that arrives in Salt Lake City after sold-out performances and rave reviews in Pittsburgh, Minnesota, and Seattle. From the spectacular music, including the sweeping aria "Nessun Dorma," to the breathtaking pageantry of one of opera's greatest hits, Turandot is certain to be the highlight of the season.

CAST

Turandot: Maida Hundeling
Timur: Richard Wiegold
Calaf: Jonathan Burton
Liu: Kelly Kaduce
Ping: Daniel Belcher
Pang: Julius Ahn
Pong: Joseph Gaines
Emperor Altoum: Todd Miller
A Mandarin: Shea Owens

Conductor: David Agler
Director: Renaud Doucet
Designer: André Barbe

 

SYNOPSIS

ACT I. Peking, legendary times. In a quarter swarming with people near the Forbidden City, a Mandarin reads an edict: any prince seeking to marry Princess Turandot must answer three riddles - and if he fails, he will die. Her latest suitor, the Prince of Persia, is to be executed at the rise of the moon...

 

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A Mandarin enters and proclaims the Emperor’s decree: Princess Turandot shall wed the first suitor of royal lineage who successfully solves her three riddles. All who fail will be executed. The Prince of Persia, who tried and failed, will be beheaded this evening when the moon rises. The crowd surges eagerly toward the palace, but the imperial guards brutally turn them away, knocking an elderly blind man to the ground...

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OPERA COMMENTARY

Something is rotten in the state of ancient fairy-tale China. Just listen to the descending octaves that lead to painful punching chords in the opening moments of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot, and you will be thrown into a world filled with suspense and horror...

 

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Fatal Song

BY CAHILL

JEANNE WAGNER THEATRE

NOV 14, 15, & 16 (7:30 PM)
NOV 17, 2013 (4 PM)

Thank you for helping to make Fatal Song a success

What would happen if Violetta, Carmen, Mimi and other famous opera heroines met in an alternative theatrical universe to beg the question: must the diva always die in the end? Salt Lake Acting Company Resident Playwright Kathleen Cahill imagines this very possibility in her witty and irreverent Fatal Song, where our favorite characters attempt to confront their shared musical mortality by staring death in the face and singing "No!"

Designed as a unique way to welcome new audiences to the opera house, Fatal Song has enjoyed success with novices and veterans alike. Whether you know every note by heart or are hearing the music for the first time, this experience will feature the greatest melodies ever written and allow you to see the tragic women who must sing them - unto death every night - in a whole new way. Trust us, it's ok to laugh this time!

 

Fatal Song Boxed Dinner Options

"The Carmen" Spanish Inspired Boxed Dinner- $20.00
Spanish Salad with Potatoes, Carrots, Peas, Tuna, and Capers
Eggplant and Bell Pepper Dip with Large Bruschetta
Skewered Spanish Olives, Manchego Cheese, and Grape Cluster
Polvorones - Almond Cookies

 
"The Mimi" French Inspired Boxed Dinner-$20.00
"Saucisson" Sandwich with Hard Sausage, Ham, Gruyere, French Mustard, and
Greens on Baguette
Roasted Beet, Orange, and Goat Cheese Salad with Vinaigrette
Brie and Fresh Fruit
House-made French Macaroon
 
 
 
 Maestro Steichen will offer a masterclass featuring vocal students at Westminster College on Monday, November 11. Click here for further information. No pre-registration necessary.
 
 

CAST

Jennifer Welch-Babidge (North Carolina)

Mimi/Despina/Pamina/TBD
Most Recently at Utah Opera, Suor Angelica (title role)

Recently:
Mahler's Symphony No. 4 and Berg's Lulu Suite, Philadelphia Orchestra; Poulenc's Gloria and Mozart's Requiem, Sydney Symphony; Mahler's Symphony No. 8, Virginia Arts Festival; Bernstein's Candide Suite, Boise Philharmonic

Upcoming:
Handel's Messiah, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra

Celena Shafer (Utah)

Lucia/Manon/Olympa/Fiordiligi/TBD
Most Recently at Utah Opera, Rigoletto

Recently:
Bach: Mass in B Minor, Atlanta Symphony; Carmina Burana, Phoenix Symphony; Carmina Burana, Orchestra of St. Luke's

Upcoming:
Abduction from the Seraglio; Utah Opera Deer Valley Gala; Utah Opera

Megan Phillips Cash (Utah)

Violetta/Countess Almaviva/Desdemona
Most Recently at Utah Opera Lauretta-Gianni Schicchi (debut role)

Recently:
Gloria, Cathedral of the Madeleine; The Secret Garden, Centerpoint Legacy Theater; The Mini Magic Flute, Utah Symphony; The Pirates of Penzance, Hale Center Theater; Le Nozze di Figaro, The Paradigm Symphony

Upcoming:
The Bella Trio, Temple Square Concert Series

 

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SYNOPSIS

Mimi died in the car on the way to my grandmother’s house. I was sitting in the front seat next to Rocko, who worked with my father. On the radio, we were listening to the Texaco Opera Broadcast of La Bohème from the Met...

 

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Salome

BY STRAUSS

ABRAVANEL HALL

OCTOBER 18, 2013 (7:30 PM)
OCTOBER 20, 2013 (2 PM)

Strauss' white-hot depiction of the story of King Herod's capture of John the Baptist and Salome's fascination with him caught the attention of the entire opera world when it premiered in 1905. Salome is a disturbed and overtly sensual woman whose shocking behavior is matched in potency only by the latent lechery of the king. The setting is not a tranquil court, but rather a den of vipers where no man is safe from seduction and harm.

The music makes great technical demands on the orchestra and vocalists. The story makes emotional demands on all who enter. Experience this thrilling opera in a unique setting as Utah Opera temporarily moves to Abravanel Hall during Capitol Theatre renovation. The semi-staged production will be filled with all the beautiful music and colorful costumes you expect from a night at the opera.

CAST

Marcy stonikas (washington)

Salome
Utah Opera Debut

Recently:
Elektra, A Streetcar Named Desire, Lyric Opera of Chicago; Arabella, Santa Fe Opera; La fille du régiment, Cavalleria rusticana, Gran Teatre del Liceu; The Inspector, Boston Lyric Opera

Upcoming:
The Passenger, Rigoletto, Houston Grand Opera; Arabella, Metropolitan Opera

Michael Chioldi (NEW YORK)

Jochannan
Most Recently at Utah Opera: Il Trovatore

Recently:
Giovanna D'Arco, Chicago Opera Theater; Falstaff, Chautauqua Opera; Tosca, Hawaii Opera Theater

Upcoming:
Don Carlos, Austin Lyric Opera; Macbeth, Palm Beach Opera; La Bohème, Royal Albert Hall, London; Nabucco, Baltimore Lyric Opera

Jon FRedric West (OHIO)

Herod
Utah Opera Debut

Recently:
Tristan und Isolde, Wiener Staatsoper, Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, Salzburger Festpiele, Staatstheater Stuttgart; Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, Bayerische Staatsoper, Metropolitan Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opéra de Nice; Tannhäuser, Metropolitan Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Teatro Real, La Monnaie, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin; Ariadne auf Naxos, Opéra national de Paris, Metropolitan Opera; Die Frau ohne Schatten, Teatro alla Scala, Bayerische Staatsoper, Wiener Staatsoper; Samson et Dalila, Metropolitan Opera, Oper Zürich

 

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SYNOPSIS

Judea, A.D. 30. From the moonlit terrace of King Herod's palace, Narraboth, captain of the guard, gazes rapturously inside at the Princess Salome, who is feasting with her stepfather and his court. The voice of the prophet Jochanaan echoes from a deep cistern, where he is imprisoned by the king, who fears him. Salome, bored with Herod's lechery and his coarse guests, rushes out for fresh air and becomes curious when she hears Jochanaan curse Herodias, her mother...

DIRECTOR'S NOTES

Strauss’ SALOME is one of the most thrilling musical and theatrical experiences that opera has to offer. Based on Oscar Wilde’s provocative re-telling of the Biblical story, the opera features gorgeous music, rich characters and a potent story about sex, greed and morality...

KINGS HAVE BUT ONE NECK

Everyone knows the historical refrain that claims the 20th century did not truly begin until the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand in 1914. This was the event that ushered in the Great War and shuttered for good the Belle Epoque of the old European aristocracies...

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ONLINE LEARNING COURSE

Do you want to know a bit more about the operas we perform? For each opera, a music scholar puts together a guide that delves into the plot of the opera, the music, the life of the composer, and many other topics.

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PRODUCTION PHOTOS

Utah Opera's 2013 Production of Salome in Abravanel Hall Utah Opera's 2013 Production of Salome in Abravanel Hall Utah Opera's 2013 Production of Salome in Abravanel Hall

La Traviata

BY VERDI

CAPITOL THEATRE

JAN 18, 20, 22 & 24 (7:30 PM)
JAN 26, 2014 (2 PM)

Verdi is arguably opera's most successful composer and La Traviata is one of his greatest hits. This is the story of Violetta, a Parisian courtesan who must battle the twin demons of consumption and a broken heart. Hers is the ultimate operatic life, one filled with grand parties, grander sacrifices, and some of Verdi's most memorable music.

This return of Utah Opera's lavish production, last seen in 2006, will transport you to Paris with lush costumes and grand sets. La Traviata is filled with memorable characters and some of the most familiar music in opera, including the drinking song "Libiamo." Celebrate Utah Opera's return to the newly remodeled Capitol Theatre and experience Verdi's La Traviata.

CAST

Violetta: Sara Gartland
Alfredo: Cody Austin
Germont: James Westman
Gastone: Tyson Miller
Baron Douphol: Shea Owens
Flora: Abigail Levis
Annina: Amy Owens
Marquis d’Obigny: Tyler Oliphant
Dr. Grenvil: Kevin Nakatani
Giuseppe: Chad Millar
Flora's Servant: Matthew Thomas Castleton
Commissioner: Nelson LeDuc
Conductor: Robert Tweten
Director: Jose Maria Condemi

 

SYNOPSIS

ACT I. In her Paris salon, the courtesan Violetta Valéry greets party guests, including Flora Bervoix, the Marquis d'Obigny, Baron Douphol, and Gastone, who introduces a new admirer, Alfredo Germont. This young man, having adored Violetta from afar, joins her in a drinking song (Brindisi: "Libiamo")...

 

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In the world of opera in the 21st century, La Traviata remains one of the central pillars of the repertoire. The archival website Operabase.com records La Traviata as the most performed opera of the 2012/13 season, and it is always be near the top of any such list along with other evergreens by Mozart, Puccini, Bizet, and Verdi...

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OPERA COMMENTARY

In his 19th opera, La Traviata, Giuseppe Verdi invites audiences to consider that a noble heart is much more important than a spotless reputation.  The story is set in 19th-century Paris' "demi-monde," a social world just outside of respectable society, where courtesans presided with their parties and gambling and available sexuality...

 

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The Abduction from the Seraglio

BY MOZART

CAPITOL THEATRE

MAY 10, 12, 14 & 16 (7:30 PM)
MAY 18, 2014 (2 PM)

The Abduction from the Seraglio tells of a fair damsel who, like most operatic damsels, finds herself in great distress! Will the dashing nobleman rescue her from her Turkish keepers and the powerful ruler who desires to possess her? Or will the true lovers die in the attempt.

After a season of filled with passion, drama, and grandeur, Utah Opera ends the season with something light and fun. Mozart’s incomparable skill for vocal melody and dramatic tension are on full display in the exotic, colorful production that you’re guaranteed to love.

CAST

Konstanze: Celena Shafer
Belmonte: Andrew Stenson
Blonde: Amy Owens
Osmin: Gustav Andreassen
Pedrillo: Tyson Miller
Pasha Selim: Christopher McBeth

Conductor: Gary Thor Wedow
Director: Chas Rader-Shieber

SYNOPSIS

ACT I. Turkey, 1700s. Pasha Selim has bought three Europeans from pirates - Constanze, a Spanish woman of good family; Blonde, her English maid; and Pedrillo, servant of Constanze's fiancé, Belmonte. Belmonte has traced them to a seaside palace, where Constanze has become the pasha's favorite and Pedrillo the gardener...

 

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Today, with the benefit of two centuries of hindsight, we are able to see precisely how important Abduction from the Seraglio was to the development of Mozart’s operatic style. Here he had the…

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OPERA COMMENTARY

It is a simple plan. Two ladders, one each for Konstanze and Blonde, to be placed under their windows at the appointed hour. The Pasha’s overseer Osmin has already been drugged with spiked wine so once the women hurry down ...

 

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