Backstage at Utah Opera

2013-14 Utah Opera Chorus Auditions

Posted by Opera Gal in Productions

The Utah Opera Chorus announces auditions for the spectacular 2013/2014 Utah Opera season, which includes Verdi’s La Traviata, Puccini’s Turandot and Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio. In addition, the men of the chorus will perform Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust in concert with the Utah…

Bringing a Dragon out of Storage

Posted by Opera Gal in Props

Our production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute has many beautiful and magical elements to it, and one of them is a dragon. Our Props Master brought it out last week to make sure it was still in good shape, and look for any repairs that…

The Magic Flute’s Beautiful and Unusual Set

Posted by Opera Gal in Sets

The cast for The Magic Flute is currently rehearsing in our black box, before they move into Capitol Theatre next week. Usually what happens for rehearsal is the space of the Capitol Theatre stage and the scenery pieces are marked on the floor in tape,…

Luke Howard Biography

Posted by Opera Gal in Program Notes

Dr. Howard began his formal music studies in Sydney, Australia, where he received the Bachelor of Music Education degree with an emphasis in piano.  He then earned a Master of Arts in Musicology from BYU in 1994, and a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University…

Symbolism, Themes, and Criticisms

Posted by Luke Howard in Program Notes

It’s not easy to tease out the symbolism and themes of The Magic Flute in their entirety because they will resonate differently with each viewer. They are interconnected, complex, and dependent on context and individual experience for their interpretations. But some overarching themes do rise…