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Pagliacci / Gianni Schicchi
Utah Opera Series
Artists: Tara Faircloth, director | Timothy Myers, conductor | Laura Hawkes, set designer Wayne Tigges, Tonio / Gianni Schicchi Scott Piper, Canio | Marina Costa Jackson, Nedda / Lauretta | Aaron Blake, Beppe/ Rinucchio | Michael Adams, Silvio/Betto | Melissa Parks, Zita | Patrick Blackwell, Simone | Abigail Rethwisch, Nella Christopher Oglesby, Gherardo | TBD, Marco | Melanie Ashkar, La Ciesca | Jesús Vicente Murillo, Ser Amantio di Nicolao | TBD, Maestro Spinelloccio | TBD, Pinellino | TBD, Guccio | Chorister from The Madeleine Choir School, Gherardino | Choristers from The Madeleine Choir School | Utah Opera Chorus | Utah Symphony

Description: Playing the Clown & Clowning Around. Enjoy a sensational double-bill performance featuring some of the most beloved music in all of opera. The performance begins with Pagliacci, Leoncavallo’s emotionally intense masterpiece of passion, infidelity and murder with the famous aria “Vesti la giubba,” sung by the clown Canio, a signature role of Utah Opera’s founder Glade Peterson. Next, heartbreak turns into laughter as Utah Opera explores the lighter side of Puccini with Gianni Schicchi. See what unfolds when a man of great wealth dies and leaves behind a secret will, a gang of scheming heirs, and a hilarious mess. Watch, listen, and laugh, where you’ll find comedy in the chaos.
Sat 3/10/18 7:30PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre
Mon 3/12/18 7:30PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre
Wed 3/14/18 7:30PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre
Fri 3/16/18 7:30PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre
Sun 3/18/18 2:00PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre


Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus
Utah Opera Series
Artists: Kyle Lang, director | Gary Thor Wedow, conductor | Sara Gartland, Rosalinde | Daniel Belcher, Eisenstein | Troy Cook, Dr. Falke | Abigail Rethwisch, Adele | Robert Breault, Alfred | Christopher Oglesby, Dr. Blind | Melanie Ashkar, Sally | Utah Opera Chorus | Utah Symphony

Description: Revenge in its most ridiculous form. Take a lot of champagne. Combine it with a cast of outrageous characters. Add in a bat costume. Now stir it into a gigantic party, and you have a recipe for something ridiculously fun. Join Utah Opera for a lavish costumed spectacle that celebrates the close of our 40th Anniversary the best way we know how—with an uproarious production of the ultimate party opera.
Sat 5/12/18 7:30PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre
Mon 5/14/18 7:30PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre
Wed 5/16/18 7:30PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre
Fri 5/18/18 7:30PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre
Sun 5/20/18 2:00PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre


Gounod’s Romeo & Juliet
Utah Opera Series
Artists: Robert Tweten, conductor | Vera Lúcia Calábria, director | Anya Matanovič, Juliet | Joshua Dennis, Romeo | Adam Lau, Friar Laurence | Utah Opera Chorus | Utah Symphony
Description: Shakespeare’s tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet has been tugging at the heartstrings of theater-goers for more than four centuries. Anya Matanovic (The Magic Flute, Hansel and Gretel) and Joshua Dennis (Moby-Dick) return to Utah Opera as the two star-cross’d lovers in Romantic-era composer Charles Gounod’s musical take on this story. The pair shares no fewer than four irresistible duets throughout the show, with the final heart-wrenching harmonies occurring in the tomb just as Juliet awakes and Romeo breathes his last breath. Whether on Team Capulet or Team Montague, this performance will unite all who see it in vigorous applause.
Sat 10/13/18 7:30PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre
Mon 10/15/18 7:00PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre
Wed 10/17/18 7:00PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre
Fri 10/19/18 7:30PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre
Sun 10/21/18 2:00PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre


Rachel Portman & Nicholas Wright’s The Little Prince
Utah Opera Series
Artists: James Lowe, conductor | Tara Faircloth, director | Jacob A. Climer, set and costume designer | Chorister of The Madeleine Choir School, The Little Prince | Stars and Birds | Jared Bybee, The Pilot | Utah Symphony
Description: Academy Award-winning composer Rachel Portman and librettist Nicholas Wright took Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved story, The Little Prince, and turned it into a magical opera. The Little Prince follows a story narrated by a stranded pilot, performed by baritone Jared Bybee, who meets a young prince that has fallen to Earth from a tiny asteroid. As The Little Prince explores the Earth, he meets a number of colorful, and often puzzling, characters. Experience a night of magic and wonder the entire family will enjoy when Utah Opera unveils imaginative designer Jacob A. Climer’s new production of The Little Prince.
Sat 1/19/19 7:30PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre
Mon 1/21/19 7:00PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre
Wed 1/23/19 7:00PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre
Fri 1/25/19 7:30PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre
Sun 1/27/19 2:00PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre


Mozart’s The Magic Flute
Utah Opera Series
Artists: Thierry Fischer, conductor | Paul Peers, director | Andrew Stenson, Tamino | Joo Won Kang, Papageno | Zulimar López-Hernández, Pamina | Celena Shafer, Queen of the Night | Matt Boehler, Sarastro | Joseph Gaines, Monostatos | Choristers from The Madeleine Choir School, Three child-spirits | Utah Opera Chorus | Utah Symphony
Description: A distressed queen, a kidnapped princess, a handsome prince and, of course, his trusty sidekick combine to create a colorful fantasy in The Magic Flute. Mozart’s unique opera blends myth, magic, and music to deliver its life-affirming message that love conquers all. Tasked with rescuing the princess, the prince Tamino and his sidekick Papageno set out on their quest with nothing more than enchanted musical instruments. They undergo trials of virtue, discretion, and charity and soon realize that all may not be as it seems in this magical land. Come be a part of one of Mozart’s most fantastical journeys, conducted by Utah Symphony’s Music Director Thierry Fischer.
Sat 3/9/19 7:30PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre
Mon 3/11/19 7:00PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre
Wed 3/13/19 7:00PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre
Fri 3/15/19 7:30PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre
Sun 3/17/19 2:00PM J Q Lawson Capitol Theatre


Bellini’s Norma
Utah Opera Series
Artists: Stephen Lord, conductor | Crystal Manich, director | Greg Emetaz, projection designer | Bradon McDonald, costume designer | Marjorie Owens, Norma | Chad Shelton, Pollione | Adam Lau, Oroveso | Utah Opera Chorus | Utah Symphony
Description: Honor, love, and friendship collide in Bellini’s spectacle Norma, considered the pinnacle of the Italian bel canto repertory, to create high drama and vocal pyrotechnics! The spiritual leader of her people is secretly involved with an officer in the enemy army that occupies her country, a crime that would surely bring the penalty of death. What she doesn’t know is that her closest friend and confidant is also in a romantic relationship with that same officer. Hear some of opera’s most passionate and technically demanding vocalism as lies and secrets are revealed in this new production with projections from filmmaker Greg Emetaz and costumes by season 12 Project Runway finalist Bradon McDonald.
Sat 5/4/19 7:30PM Abravanel Hall
Mon 5/6/19 7:00PM Abravanel Hall