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16/17 Season Preview

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BIZET'S

CARMEN

October 8 | 10 | 12 | 14 (7:30 PM)
October 16, 2016 (2 PM)

Love her at your own risk.

Don Jose has his duty as a soldier. He has the love of his beloved Micaela. But he throws away both when he crosses paths with the beguiling gypsy Carmen.

You’ll find yourself equally caught up in this sensual blend of passion, jealousy, and betrayal in one of opera’s most enduring masterpieces.

Leigh's

Man of la mancha

January 21 | 23 | 25 | 27 (7:30 PM)
January 29, 2017 (2 PM)

the Dream Isn't Impossible to him

SOME CALL DON QUIXOTE A FOOL. OTHERS CALL HIM A LUNATIC.

But in The Man of La Mancha, you might end up calling him an inspiration as you follow the unlikely journey of a man who sees a better world all around him. Feel his hope with this rousing performance by Utah Opera.

DONIZETTI'S

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR

March 11 | 13 | 15 | 17 (7:30 PM)
March 19, 2017 (2 PM)

Romance balanced on the edge of a knife.

The soldier Edgardo and the noblewoman Lucia are in love. Marriage follows. The only problem is it’s between Lucia and someone else–against her will. It’s more than enough to drive her deadly insane. Experience the dark side of love in this gothic production by Utah Opera.

MOZART'S

DON GIOVANNI

May 13 | 15 | 17 | 19 (7:30 PM)
May 21, 2017 (2 PM)

He takes what he wants. And gets what he deserves.

Whether it’s an act of lust or an act of violence Don Giovanni does whatever he wants, to whomever he pleases. You might be surprised by how much his angst and unrest resonates with you in this hypnotic tale of a man who refuses to change, damn the consequences.

CHAMBER OPERA

THE LONG WALK

March 31 & April 1, 2017 (7:30 PM)

The real fight begins when a soldier comes home.

Opera becomes overwhelmingly personal in this contemporary story of an American soldier coping with PTSD after he returns home from duty in Iraq. Based on Brian Castner’s best-selling memoir, this opera offers a visceral look at the realities of modern warfare and the unseen battles that rage inside our hearts.

Music by Jeremy Howard Beck
Libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann
Based on the book The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life that Follows by Brian Castner
Commissioned by American Lyric Theater

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Mozart's

Don Giovanni

Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre

May 13 | 15 | 17 | 19 (7:30 PM)
May 21, 2017 (2 PM)

Opening Night, May 13th, will be red carpet night.

HE TAKES WHAT HE WANTS. AND GETS WHAT HE DESERVES.

WHETHER IT’S AN ACT OF LUST OR AN ACT OF VIOLENCE Don Giovanni does whatever he wants, to whomever he pleases. You might be surprised by how much his angst and unrest resonates with you in this hypnotic tale of a man who refuses to change, damn the consequences.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

CAST

Christopher Larkin, conductor
Kristine McIntyre, stage director

Joshua Hopkins, Don Giovanni
Melinda Whittington, Donna Anna
Aaron Blake, Don Ottavio
Matthew Burns, Leporello
Caitlin Lynch, Donna Elvira
Sarah Coit, Zerlina
Markel Reed, Masetto
Richard Wiegold, Commendatore

SYNOPSIS

At night, in the street outside the Commendatore’s house, Leporello bemoans his fate working for the dissolute Don Giovanni. Suddenly Giovanni runs into the street pursued by Donna Anna, the Commendatore’s daughter, who accuses him of trying to attack her...

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ONLINE LEARNING

Don Giovanni, a young, arrogant, and sexually promiscuous nobleman, abuses and outrages everyone else in the cast until he encounters something he cannot kill, beat up, dodge, or outwit.

It’s clear that this story is not about a good person, but the tale of Don Giovanni certainly provides plenty of fodder for good opera, and Mozart was more than up to the challenge...

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DON GIOVANNI AS NOIR

 

SPONSORS

Season Sponsor:

Eccles Foundation

Production Sponsor:

 

Set and Costume Sponsor:

Zions Bank   BMW

Opera Artistic Director Sponsor:

 

Supertitles Sponsor:

Emma Eccles Jones Foundation   Frederick Q. Lawson Foundation

Thursday Student Dress Rehearsal Sponsor:

 

Opening Performance Sponsor:

Dominion Questar Corporation   O.C. Tanner

Performance Sponsors – May 19:

 

Floral Season Sponsor:

Utah Arts

Nation Endowment for the ARts

  Every Blooming Thing

Cast Party Sponsor:

 

VIP Intermission Reception Sponsors:

New Yorker   Bambara

&
The Empress Theatre

Chamber Opera

The Long Walk

Photo Credit: Gary David Gold for Opera Saratoga

Jeanne Theatre at Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

March 31 & April 1, 2017 (7:30 PM)

The real fight begins when a soldier comes home.

Opera becomes overwhelmingly personal in this contemporary story of an American soldier coping with a Blast Induced Traumatic Brain Injury after he returns home from duty in Iraq. Based on Brian Castner’s best-selling memoir, this opera offers a visceral look at the realities of modern warfare and the unseen battles that rage inside our hearts.

Sung in English with English supertitles.

Advisory: Contains adult language and intense subject matter and is recommended for mature audiences.

The Long Walk
Based on the book The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life that Follows, by Brian Castner
Music by Jeremy Howard Beck
Libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann
Commissioned by American Lyric Theater,
Lawrence Edelson, Producing Artistic Director
World Premiere
Opera Saratoga, July 10, 2015
Commission Underwriting and Developmental Support for
The Long Walk has been provided by
OPERA America/The Opera Fund, The MAP Fund, The New York State Council on the Arts,
and The ASCAP Foundation

CAST

Daniel Belcher, Brian
Megan Marino, Jessie
Martin Bakari, Ricky
Christian Sanders, Castleman
Matthew Scollin, Jeff
Donita Volkwijn, Perneatha/Iraqi Woman/Yogini
Abigail Rethwisch, The Shrink/Iraqi Woman/Aunt Sarah
Members of the Utah Symphony
Choristers of The Madeleine Choir School

Steven Osgood, conductor
David Schweizer, director

VETERANS

US Veterans are invited to attend the March 29th final dress rehearsal of this opera free of charge, as part of USUO’s Arts in Service to the Military Cultural Festival. Tickets are free but limited in number; they are available through VetTix.org.

Online Learning

The Long Walk marks Jeremy Howard Beck’s first foray into the opera genre. He created the score in partnership with librettist Stephanie Fleischmann under the auspices of American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program. Now in its 10th year, the CLDP provides mentorship and training...

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FESTIVAL

USUO's 2016-17 cultural festival shines a spotlight on veterans and active military, focusing on ways our arts community can appreciate and support them. As part of this festival, many local arts organizations will present events on military themes and will also provide access for active and separated military personnel to a variety of arts performances. We will also draw attention to veterans’ active art-making as a means of self-expression.

These events are centered around The Long Walk:

ONLINE LEARNING FOR THE LONG WALK
Online learning materials by Utah Opera Principal Coach/ Pianist Carol Anderson at utahopera.org/onlinelearning.

THE LONG WALK COMPOSER PRESENTATION
Tuesday, March 28, 10:45 a.m.–noon
Dumke Recital Hall, Gardner Hall, U of U
Jeremy Howard Beck will discuss the music of the opera with an opera literature seminar. Public is invited to join the class.

HIVEMIND BOOK DISCUSSION: THE LONG WALK
Tuesday, March 28, 7 pm
Art Access (230 S 500 W, #125)
Readers of Brian Castner’s memoir The Long Walk will discuss the book with its author. See Hivemind Book Club of SL on Facebook.

GUEST WRITERS SERIES: THE LONG WALK
Wednesday, March 29, 12–1 pm
Jewel Box, Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Bldg, U of U
Side–by–side readings of prose and lyricized text for the opera by writer Brian Castner and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann. Co–sponsored with U of U Creative Writing & SLC Arts Council

US VETERANS INVITED TO OPERA DRESS REHEARSAL
Wednesday, March 29, 7 pm
Jeanné Wagner Theater (138 W 300 S)
Final dress rehearsal of the opera The Long Walk, for veterans only. Veterans can acquire tickets through vettix.org.

BOOK READING AND SIGNING
Thursday, March 30, 6:30 pm
Weller Book Works (607 Trolley Square)
Author Brian Castner will read from his memoir The Long Walk and sign copies.

See all the events in the festival

SPONSORS

Production Sponsor:

 

Performance Sponsors:

Ted and Carol Newlin

 

Brian and Janice Ruggles
and
Judy Brady and Drew W. Browning

Opera Artistic Director Sponsor:

 

Props Sponsor:

Emma Eccles Jones Foundation

  Boeing Employees Community Fund

Floral Season Sponsor:

 

Cast Party Sponsor:

Every Blooming Thing   The New Yorker

Man of la mancha

Photo by Kira Horvath.

MAN OF LA MANCHA
Written by Dale Wasserman
Music by Mitch Leigh Lyrics by Joe Darion
Original Production Staged by Albert Marre
Originally Produced by Albert W. Selden and Hal James

Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre

January 21 | 23 | 25 | 27 (7:30 PM)
January 29, 2017 (2 PM)

Opening Night, January 21st, will be red carpet night.
Thursday, January 19, will be high school student night. 

The Dream Isn't Impossible to Him

Some call Don Quixote a fool. Others call him a lunatic. But in The Man of La Mancha, you might end up calling him an inspiration as you follow the unlikely journey of a man who sees a better world all around him. Feel his hope with this rousing performance by Utah Opera.

CAST

David Pittsinger, Don Quixote / Cervantes
Keith Jameson, Sancho Panza
Audrey Babcock, Aldonza
Brannon Killgo, Innkeeper
Kevin Nakatani, Dr. Carrasco
Christian Sanders, Padre/Juan
Anthony Buck, Barber/Prisoner/Muleteer 
Abigail Rethwisch, Antonia

Hal France, Conductor
Paul Curran, Stage Director
Court Watson, Set & Costume Designer
David Martin Jacques, Lighting Design
Utah Symphony

Robert Orth regrets that health concerns have forced him to withdraw from Man of La Mancha. He sends his best wishes to everyone at Utah Opera for a glorious production.

SYNOPSIS

Prison in Seville, Spain end of 16th Century

Miguel de Cervantes, playwright, poet, actor, and tax collector, has been impressed by the Spanish Inquisition for his attempt to collect taxes from the Catholic Church. Accompanied by his manservant, both are imprisoned in a seedy dungeon... READ MORE

ONLINE LEARNING

Wasserman/Leigh/Darion’s Man of La Mancha was one of the most successful musicals of the 1960s, with the original 1965 Broadway run remaining onstage for 2, 238 performances, making it the third-longest-running musical of the decade. The original Broadway run starred Richard Kiley as Quixote and Joan Diener as Aldonza/Dulcinea and nabbed six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Leading Actor, and Best Original Score. 

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COCKTAIL CRAWL

Utah OperaRitual & Craft: A Cocktail Diary, and Bitters Lab are teaming up to take you on a delightful sampling of Libretti & Libations cocktail offerings!

There are ten restaurants and bars participating in this edition of Man of La Mancha inspired Libretti & Libations cocktails and we will be visiting three of them on Wednesday, January 18.

Crawl Schedule:
Finca 5:30 PM
Zest 6:30 PM
Bodega 7:30 PM Bring $45 cash so tabs (including tips) can be closed as a group at each location. Each restaurant is preparing a full-size cocktail and small plate to eat for our group.

RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1648999428460367/

SPONSORS

Set and Costume Sponsor:

Eccles Foundation

Opera Artistic Director Sponsor:

Emma Eccles Jones Foundation

Opening Performance Sponsor:

Patrica A. Richards and William K. Nichols

Floral Season Sponsor:

Every Blooming Thing

Cast Party Sponsor:

Finca

Bizet's

CARMEN

Photo Credit: Jeff Roffman for The Atlanta Opera

Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre

October 8 | 10 | 12 | 14 (7:30 PM)
October 16, 2016 (2 PM)

Opening Night, October 8th, will be red carpet night.
Thursday, October 6th will be student night.

Love her at your own risk.

Don Jose has his duty as a soldier. He has the love of his beloved Micaela. But he throws away both when he crosses paths with the beguiling gypsy Carmen.

You’ll find yourself equally caught up in this sensual blend of passion, jealousy, and betrayal in one of opera’s most enduring masterpieces.

Sung in French with English supertitles.

 

CAST

Elise Quagliata, Carmen
Dominick Chenes, Don José
Sarah Tucker, Micaëla
Christian Bowers, Escamillo
Abigail Rethwisch, Frasquita
Sarah Coit, Mercédès
Kevin Nakatani, Zuniga
Tyler Oliphant , Moralès
Markel Reed, El Dancairo
Christian Sanders, El Remendado
Utah Opera Chorus
The Madeleine Choir School
Utah Symphony

Robert Tweten, conductor
Tara Faircloth, Stage Director

SYNOPSIS

Soldiers loiter near a cigarette factory in Seville observing the townspeople. A peasant girl, Micaela, approaches Moralès and inquires about a recent recruit,Don José .With the changing of the guard, led by Lt. Zuniga, the newly minted soldier enters....

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ONLINE LEARNING

The curtain rises to a lazy pulsing monotone from low strings. The answering flutes and clarinets do nothing to dispel the atmosphere of draining heat After 19 bars of repeated Fs we seem to be heading for a regular harmonic close – think of the ending of “The Star-Spangled Banner” – but Bizet won’t allow that, and the resulting discord...

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PROGRAM NOTES

Deadlier than the Male

Ignore the statistics. Though Carmen‘s frequency of performance lags slightly behind a couple of others, such as Puccini’s La bohème, there is something about this opera that puts it ahead of all others in familiarity and fascination...READ MORE

10 Things You May Not Know about Carmen

“Carmen” is one of the most beloved and often-performed operas in the entire world, and even if you’ve never stepped foot in an opera house, you probably already know all the big tunes. HOWEVER, here are ten things that you may not know about this opera...READ MORE

SPONSORS

Production Sponsor:

Eccles Foundation

Opera Artistic Director Sponsor:

Emma Eccles Jones Foundation

Set and Costume Sponsor:

Theodore Schmidt in Loving Memory of Elizabeth Schmidt

Supertitles Sponsor:

ZAP

Opening Performance Sponsor:

OC Tanner

Cast Party Sponsor:

Squatters

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