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Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance

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Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance
Venue
Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre
50 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA Get Directions

OVERVIEW

If you’re stuck in a contract of servitude that will last most of your life, it might as well be with the nicest pirates in the world!

OPERA HIGHLIGHTS

James Schuette’s vivid, colorful scenery will transport you to the coast of Cornwall in a production that has been described as “playful” (San Diego Union Tribune) and “sunny” (Atlanta Journal Constitution).

PLOT SUMMARY

A Pirate King and “Modern Major-General” are just the beginning of the farcical fun in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. Frederic, an apprentice indentured to the world’s most trusting band of pirates, is celebrating his 21st birthday and leaving in search of love when he encounters the Major-General’s group of daughters. Hilarity ensues in this comic opera that begs for a cast of seriously talented singers as the Major-General plots to keep his daughters from the pirates and the Pirate King makes plans to keep Frederic in his band.

Yo ho ho! Arrive early to get your picture taken with a pirate. 

Sung in English with English supertitles.

Runtime: Approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes including one intermission.

Beginning April 1, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera will no longer require proof of vaccination, negative Covid-19 tests, or face coverings at our performances. Face coverings continue to be highly recommended as an effective way to prevent the spread of illness at indoor gatherings, and we encourage performance attendees to get vaccinated and boosted to protect our community from Covid-19.


ARTISTS

PREVIEW


LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Opera Talks: One hour before each performance, ticket holders are invited to join Utah Opera Principal Coach Carol Anderson to learn more about the production at a free talk in the Capitol Room of the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre. The talk will also be available online here.

Learn Before You Go: Read about the history, music, storyline, and more, through an online multiple-part learning course.

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


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

All programs are subject to change given the ongoing uncertainty around the COVID-19 health crisis. Should USUO need to cancel or change elements of the season, ticket holders will be notified about their ticket options. USUO continues to prioritize the health and well-being of the entire community.

GENERAL AGE GUIDELINE: Individuals ages five and older are welcome at this performance. Parents should ensure their children are able to sit quietly through the performance without disturbing others around them. Consider checking out What to Expect at the Opera to help you determine if an opera is right for your child. No babes in arms will be admitted.

The Pirates of Penzance contains references to alcohol and comic violence.

ACCESSIBILITY: We are committed to making our performances and venues accessible to all of our patrons.

LATE SEATING POLICY: Late seating will be at an appropriate break in the performance, to be determined at a later date, or at intermission. More information on our late and re-entry policies is found here.

Artists and programs are subject to change. No refunds. View Terms of Sale here.

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SPONSORS

SPONSORS

Opera Season and Opening Performance SponsorGeorge S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation logo
Production SponsorZions Bank logo
Opera Conductor SponsorJanet Q. Lawson Foundation logo
Opera Artistic Director SponsorEmma Eccles Jones Foundation logo
Director SponsorUtah Division of Arts & Museums / National Endowment for the Arts
Operatunities SponsorAmazon Logo
Wednesday Performance SponsorC. Comstock Clayton Foundation logo
Special ThanksZAP logo