Utah Opera provides a variety of opportunities and events to help adults in our community learn more about opera.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Classes

For ages 50 or better. Requires an Osher membership and class registration.

Utah Opera Preview: Puccini’s La bohème

September 26, 2023 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM | Utah Opera Production Studios Third-floor Learning Center 336 N 400 W, Salt Lake City

Utah Opera’s preview class will provide insights into the story and the music, as well as the production history of Puccini’s La bohème. We will also present fascinating information about Utah Opera’s production and its cast. Interested class members can linger after the hour-long class session to observe a rehearsal on-site. Presented through University of Utah Osher Lifelong Learning Institute by Principal Coach Carol Anderson and Opera Education Manager Kevin Nakatani.

Four struggling bohemians–a poet, a painter, a musician, and a philosopher–are living together in Paris when their lives are changed forever one freezing night. Their neighbor Mimì unexpectedly strikes the match of first love when she knocks at the door looking for a candle light. But as Mimì’s health declines, our four starving artists are sharply awoken to the harsh realities of life, in true operatic fashion. With some of opera’s best-known music, Puccini captures the thrill of young love and the devastation of untimely loss in this timeless classic.

Opera Talks

Join Dr. Carol Anderson for a half-hour preview of the opera right before you attend the performance. Begins one hour before curtain at each performance in the Capitol Room. The talk will also be available online here.

Q&A with Christopher McBeth

Join Utah Opera’s Artistic Director to discuss Utah Opera’s production of the opera following each performance in the Capitol Room.

Online Learning Materials

Visit the Explore section of our website for information about artists, composers, compositions, and music. We also create an online learning course for each opera production.

Free Events

Learn more about music and interact with other music lovers at our community events.

Community Choirs