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Turandot - Utah Opera Chorus


The acclaimed Utah Opera Chorus is an ensemble of local singers who provide the energetic choral voice of Utah Opera’s productions. The ensemble fluctuates in size, depending on the requirements of each season. Core singers participate in all productions involving chorus, and additional singers may participate in as few as one production per year.

The dedicated members of the Utah Opera Chorus represent a broad spectrum of professions, including attorneys, teachers, homemakers, business professionals and college music students. The singers are highly trained, with many holding advanced degrees in music performance, and they bring a wealth of stage experience to their performances.

Chorus Master


Michaella Calzaretta has been Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor at Utah Opera since November 2017, beginning with Moby-Dick. Of her Moby-Dick chorus preparation, Opera Today extolled “Maestro Mechavich is aided mightily by Michaella Calzaretta’s superb choral preparation. Her large chorus was flawless in tonal beauty, dramatic engagement, and clarity of diction, even when performing busy stage movement.” Ms. Calzaretta is finishing a Doctorate of Music in Choral Conducting at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where she studied with Betsy Burleigh, Dominick DiOrio, and Walter Huff. She was the Music Director for the University Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Bloomington, as well as the Music Director for New Voices Opera, a student-run organization that commissions and produces operas by student composers. Ms. Calzaretta holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Simpson College and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


Upcoming Auditions

Auditions have been postponed until later this spring.


  • Audition submissions are open to all singers, even those who have previously auditioned for the UOC.
  • Singers must be a local/regional artist, due to requirements of the rehearsal schedule for each opera.
  • Must be available to rehearse evenings and weekends.


  • One aria or artsong, memorized, in Italian, French, or German
  • There will be sightreading and tonal memory
  • A pianist will be provided, or you may bring your own

The UTAH OPERA CHORUS is a semi-professional ensemble, highly praised for their vocal ability and stage prowess.  The chorus size fluctuates, depending on the requirements of each season.  The chorus represents a broad spectrum of professions, including teachers, homemakers, business professionals, and college students.  The singers are highly trained, with many holding advanced degrees in music performance.

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