Backstage at Utah Opera

Salome – The Seven Spheres

Posted by Opera Gal in Sets

In last week’s interview with Vita Tzykun, the Set and Costume Designer for Salome, she mentioned the importance of one of the set elements – seven spheres. The spheres represent the phases of the moon, and also play a prominent role in Salome’s Dance of…

And So the Fall Travel Begins…

Posted by Christopher McBeth in Productions

There is a certain amount of travel that comes with this job. Under the General Ledger it is called “Artistic Research” but it takes several guises. This weekend, the days just before we begin rehearsals in earnest for Salome, it is a mixed bag. Some…

Salome Costumes – One Glorious Coat

Posted by Opera Gal in Costumes

Here is one costume piece that we are all in love with – Salome’s coat: It still needs a bit more work – the plan is that the circular shapes in the fabric will be highlighted and bejeweled. We’ll share an update with the finished…

Salome Costumes – Headdresses

Posted by Opera Gal in Costumes, Productions

      With Salome opening in less than a month, the Costume Shop is hard at work finishing up the costumes and getting ready for fittings. I caught our milliner, Anna Marie, in the process of working on some headdresses. Here’s a quick peek!…

Strauss’ Music

Posted by Paul Dorgan in Program Notes

RICHARD STRAUSS 1864 – 1949 Very few composers have achieved equal success in both the Concert Hall and the Opera House. Bach spent much of his life providing music for the services at Leipzig’s Thomaskirche, so his opportunities to compose for either CH or OH…

Sonic Salomes

Posted by Paul Dorgan in Program Notes

Richard Strauss was well aware of the challenge posed by his eponymous heroine: she should be, he said, a fifteen-year-old with the voice of an Isolde. Marie Wittich, who created the role of Salome, was a noted interpreter of Wagnerian heroines; she voiced many objections…