Inside the Utah Opera Chorus: Part V
Tony Porter has been fulfilling a dream as a member of the Utah Opera Chorus for the last 22 years. We were lucky enough to have Tony talk about his career highlights since joining the Utah Opera Chorus.
How long have you been in the Utah Opera Chorus?
22 years and 57 productions
Tell us your favorite production or something unique that you’d like to share?
It was incredible to be a part of the premiere of The Grapes of Wrath. It was very exciting to see a new work still somewhat in progress and to be a part of that process. I have also enjoyed some of the other 20th century operas we’ve done: The Ballad of Baby Doe, The Three Hermits, Of Mice and Men, and Florencia en el Amazonas. And I think I have the unique distinction of being one of only a handful in Utah who has performed in The Rake’s Progress.
How does it feel to perform in from of an audience?
I feel honored to perform before an audience. I like the trust that the audience places in me, and my fellow performers, to entertain them, and I get a real thrill from the energy that the audience gives to the performers. I love how particularly with Utah Opera we have such devoted patrons and their connection to what is happening on stage give me a real charge.
What is your current occupation?
Computer Support Technician for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Will you elaborate on your training in music?
I have had numerous years of private voice lessons and majored in Music Education with a Choral Emphasis at the University of Utah.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Utah Opera has been a dream come true for me. I discovered performing at the end of my sophomore year in high school. I had not done theater before that. My first opera with Utah Opera (Samson and Delilah), I can still remember standing on stage, waiting for the curtain to rise in the magnificent Capitol Theatre, hearing the symphony play the introduction and then the curtain rose. It was a magical moment for me. I can still remember the thrill it was to be on that stage in a real opera with a professional company for the first time. I still get that same thrill each night in the Capitol Theatre.