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AMERICAN OPERA INITIATIVE

Part of Utah Opera’s mission is to not only celebrate traditional operatic works, but also to champion the American Operatic Tradition. We do this in many ways including presenting works on our stage by American composers and commissioning or co-commissions new works.

  • David Carlson’s Dreamkeepers (Commissioned by Utah Opera for Utah’s Centennial)
    January 1996
  • Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men
    January 1999 and May 2012
  • Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe
    May 2001
  • Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music
    January 2002
  • Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree
    May 2003
  • Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath (Co-commissioned with Minnesota Opera)
    May 2007
  • Blitzstein’s Regina
    January 2009
  • Mark Adamo’s Little Women
    March 2011
  • Daniel Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas
    January 2013
  • Kathleen Cahill’s Fatal Song
    November 2013
  • Igor Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress
    May 2015
  • Mitch Leigh and Dale Wasserman’s Man of La Mancha
    January 2017
  • Stephanie Fleischmann and Jeremy Howard Beck’s The Long Walk
    March 2017
  • Jake Heggie & Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick
    January 2018