American Opera Initiative


Part of Utah Opera’s mission is to not only celebrate traditional operatic works, but also to champion the American Operatic Tradition. We do this in many ways including presenting works on our stage by American composers and commissioning or co-commissions new works.

David Carlson’s Dreamkeepers (Commissioned by Utah Opera for Utah’s Centennial)
January 1996

Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men
January 1999 and May 2012

Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe
May 2001

Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music
January 2002

Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree
May 2003

Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath (Co-commissioned with Minnesota Opera)
May 2007

Blitzstein’s Regina
January 2009

Mark Adamo’s Little Women
March 2011

Daniel Catan's Florencia en el Amazonas
January 2013

Kathleen Cahill’s Fatal Song
November 2013

Igor Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress
May 2015

Mitch Leigh and Dale Wasserman’s Man of La Mancha
January 2017

Stephanie Fleischmann and Jeremy Howard Beck’s The Long Walk
March 2017

Jake Heggie & Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick
January 2018

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