Random Acts of Opera at the Utah Arts Festival

Random Acts of Opera at the Utah Arts Festival

Posted by Utah Opera in Community, Uncategorized 23 Jun 2016

Several years ago, as flash mobs and pop-up art-making started making a viral presence, we decided one way Utah Opera could surprise and delight people with art in an unexpected place would be to offer 5-10 minutes of music in the open space inside our beautiful downtown library. At random times throughout each season, in collaboration with the library staff (who purchased a portable piano to encourage musical events), Utah Opera’s Resident Artists show up and sing opera in the atrium. It’s a great way for us to share the love of trained vocal instruments with our community. It’s exciting for the company to be able to extend these pop-up events into the Utah Arts Festival this year.

Thurs, June 23, 1:00
Markel and Emily

Friday, June 24, 12:00
Markel and Emily

Friday, June 24, 1:00
Clara and Emily

Saturday, June 25, 12:00
Markel and Emily

Saturday, June 25, 1:00
Clara and Emily


markelReedBaritone Markel Reed is a passionate interpreter of the operatic repertoire who is establishing himself as a wonderful conveyer of the works of Mozart, as well as those of French and Bel Canto composers. Mr. Reed travelled the state of Kentucky with SOOP (Schmidt Opera Outreach Program) and presented a colorful rendition of Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk to over 2,000 children. Other notable roles include Leporello in Don Giovanni, Morales and Dancaïre in Carmen, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Schaunard in La Bohème, and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. He has performed with Kentucky Opera, Bronx Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Mr. Reed is an alumnus of the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre program.

claraHurtadoLeeSoprano Clara Hurtado Lee has been described by critics as a “brilliant” and “sparkling” soprano whose “compelling” performances are “emotionally charged” and “vocally stunning.” Clara has appeared with some of the region’s top music organizations such as; Utah Opera, Salt Lake Choral Artists, Utah Lyric Opera, Utah Symphony, Utah Valley Symphony, the America West Symphony, Oquirrh Mountain Symphony, Lyrical Opera Theater, and internationally with La Musica Lirica in Italy. Her opera roles include: Mimi, Musetta, Lucia, Pamina, Adina, Madame Herz, Micaela, Sophie (Rosenkavalier), and Susanna (Nozze).  In 2014 Clara won first place for the Cal-Western Region in the prestigious National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award Competition.  She was then a National Semifinalist in Boston, where she won the Harold Stark Award.  Clara has been described by critics as a “brilliant” and “sparkling” soprano whose “compelling” performances are “emotionally charged” and “vocally stunning.”


emilyWilliamsEmily Williams
received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Utah in 2001. After teaching choral music for four years, she returned to the University of Utah to pursue a Master of Music degree in collaborative piano (2008). Ms. Williams is a vocal coach at Westminster College as well as an accompanist for the Westminster Chamber Singers, Chorale, and the Opera Studio. She also works as an accompanist and coach for several voice studios at the University of Utah. As an accompanist, Emily spends her summers in Italy with La Musica Lirica, a summer opera program for young American performers. She has and continues to work with Utah Symphony and Opera and also does freelance and répétiteur work throughout the Wasatch Front.