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Opera Talks

Learn more about each production as Dr. Carol Anderson, Utah Opera’s Principal Coach, shares her musical insights in these introductory videos.

Rossini’s The Barber of Seville

Dr. Carol Anderson is back with another Opera Talk for you! This time, she is covering Utah Opera’s The Barber of Seville, the hilarious story of a love triangle involving Dr. Bartolo, Count Almaviva, and the charming Rosina. Figaro—the local barber who, in fact, does much more than cut hair—is the ultimate “wingman” for Count Almaviva, creating elaborate schemes, aliases, and disguises to help him fool Dr. Bartolo and get the girl.

The Human Voice & Gentleman’s Island

A double bill of one-act operas that explore the timely themes of isolation and need for human connection.

Plot Summary:

Called “an intimate view of a woman’s emotional spiral” (Meghan Klinkenborg,, Francis Poulenc’s The Human Voice (La voix humaine) tells the story of Elle’s final phone call with her former lover, who is now in love with another. As she attempts to reconcile their relationship, the phones and other mobile devices that are supposed to help them communicate, keep them disconnected and apart instead.

Joseph Horovitz’ comedy Gentleman’s Island is the tale of two English gentlemen, a tea taster and indigo importer, who are stranded on the same deserted island, but ought not to speak to each other as they are gentlemen who have not been properly introduced. In time, they agree that communication and cooperation is permissible, but that relationship is complicated when a mutual friend from their past appears on the island in a very unbecoming way.