Utah Opera In the News

Below is a limited collection of recent media coverage and reviews from for the Utah Opera performances.

October 15, 2015

The Utah Review: “Superb talent in Utah Opera’s ‘Tosca’”

Some consider Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca to be overly melodramatic, but like many opera lovers I never tire of the melodrama, because it’s paired with such moving and powerful music.

October 11, 2015

Salt Lake Tribune: “Utah Opera kicks off season with stirring ‘Tosca’

Opera lovers and novices alike, rejoice — "Tosca" is in town. Not only do most die-hard opera fans seem to have a soft spot for the taut musical thriller, it's arguably the perfect introduction for friends who aren't yet converted to the genre.

October 7, 2015

Good 4 Utah: “Utah Opera season opens with Puccini’s ‘Tosca’”

"Tosca" has been presented five times before by Utah Opera, but features two leads who have sung "Tosca" many times at other companies in their Utah Opera debuts. 

October 5, 2015

Salt Lake Tribune: “Utah Opera jumps into a new season with Puccini’s perennially beloved ‘Tosca’”

Being on the receiving end of one of the most famous slams in opera history hasn't slowed "Tosca" down.

Puccini's taut melodrama, which musicologist Joseph Kerman derided as a "shabby little shocker" in his book "Opera as Drama," is nevertheless one of the world's five most frequently performed operas.

October 2, 2015

Deseret News: “’Jam-packed with drama’: Utah Opera set to open season with intense, passionate ‘Tosca’”

Beginning its 2015-16 season on an intense note, Utah Opera is preparing to perform "Tosca," an opera “jam-packed with drama” and “the most glorious music you will ever hear in your life,” according to director Kathleen Clawson.

May 11, 2015

Salt Lake Tribune: “Opera review: ’The Rake’s Progress’ is a milestone for Utah Opera”

The music of Igor Stravinsky and the poetry of W.H. Auden, dressed up in David Hockney's iconic storybook sets and costumes: Utah Opera's season-closing production of "The Rake's Progress," which opened its weeklong run Saturday at the Capitol Theatre, is opera heaven.

May 11, 2015

The Utah Review: “Utah Opera’s ‘The Rake’s Progress’ is bold and creative”

Utah Opera’s production of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress is new to Salt Lake City, but this 40-year-old production is one of the most iconic in the history of American opera.

May 2, 2015

Salt Lake Tribune: “Opera preview: ‘The cautionary tale of ‘The Rake’s Progress’”

"The Rake's Progress" — an opera inspired by pictures — makes its Utah Opera debut this week in an iconic storybook setting.

May 1, 2015

Deseret News: “Thousands of layers: Utah Opera prepares state premiere of Stravinsky’s ‘The Rake’s Progress’ for season finale”

Like most great stories, said mezzo-soprano Jill Grove, Igor Stravinsky's "The Rake's Progress" is "infused with thousands of layers."

March 15, 2015

Salt Lake Tribune: “Strong singing, fabulous costumes make ‘Cosi fan tutte’ a sure bet”

"Così fan tutte" doesn't always get its due. Wagner and Beethoven were among its famous detractors. And as the last of three operas written by the greatest composer-librettist team in history, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte...

March 8, 2015

Salt Lake Tribune: “Getting ‘Cosi’?: How will Utah Opera’s latest Mozart production end?”

So you've never seen Mozart's "Così fan tutte"? Don't worry, you won't find any spoilers here. Even the people in the box seats who've seen the opera a dozen times don't know how the next production will end.

March 6, 2015

Deseret News: “A ‘most subtle comedy’: Utah Opera shares lessons of live, love in Mozart’s ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’”

Lessons of life and love are about to take the stage as Utah Opera prepares to perform Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte,” which loosely translates to “Women are like that,” March 14-20.

 January 2015

Salt Lake Magazine: “Libretti & Libations: The Pearl Fishers”

For the second time this season, art influences life with Utah Opera’s “Libretti & Libations,” a partnership with Salt Lake City’s top mixologists to create craft cocktails inspired by the current opera production.

January 2015

Salt Lake Tribune: “Review: Utah Opera’s ‘Pearl Fishers’ is a treasure worth seeking”

Georges Bizet's "The Pearl Fishers" is a bit of an operatic rarity for a couple of reasons: a dodgy libretto and some music that not every tenor can pull off. Utah Opera's current production, the work's Utah premiere, answers both those challenges with authority, making this "Pearl Fishers" a treasure worth seeking out.

January 10, 2015

Salt Lake Tribune: “Utah Opera dives into ‘Pearl Fishers’

The Georges Bizet opera — composed a decade before his masterpiece, "Carmen" — is the one Utah Opera's longtime subscribers request more often than any other, artistic director Christopher McBeth said. "So we thought, 'Let's explore this,' " he said. "It's beautiful music, and it gives us an amazing glimpse of what's to come [from Bizet]."


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Monday, 25 March 2013

REVIEW: Leads deliver in Utah Opera's "Die Zauberflöte"

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