OPERAS & MUSICALS
By Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty, and Lynn Ahrens
Meet Tateh, a European Jewish immigrant; Coalhouse, an African American musician; and Mother, a White family matriarch, as they navigate life in America at the turn of the 20th Century. Exploring themes of immigration, race, and the American melting pot, Tony Award-winning Ragtime is a modern musical theater masterpiece.
By Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
Taking place over 50 years, Show Boat tells the story of a family of performers living on a river boat and their struggles with gambling, race, infidelity, poverty, and the poison of personal secrets. Take a ride down "Ol' Man River" in this American classic spanning three generations of hope and heartbreak. Show Boat is must-see musical theater.
By George Gershwin, DuBose & Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin
Porgy is a crippled man living on Catfish Row who has fallen for Bess – a beautiful but troubled woman. A series of unfortunate events brings them together, but can they overcome their desires and choices to stay together? Porgy & Bess is considered to be America's greatest opera.
By Giacomo Puccini
Come see Puccini's legendary trilogy featuring three one-act operas. Il Tabarro is a passionate work of realism set on a barge on the Seine near Paris. Suor Angelica is an uplifting tale of religious redemption. The final act is Gianni Schicchi, a farce full of greed and comic conniving starring Michael Ballam in the title role. Rarely seen in its entirety, Puccini's Trilogy is a can't-miss on your opera bucket list!
Conceived by Michael Ballam and Mark Medoff
The legend of Orpheus has captured the imagination of more playwrights and composers than any other source material in history. Orpheus, the god who demonstrates the miraculous power of love and music, makes him the central focus of the new Utah Theatre. Hear the tale told through a variety of renowned composers who have made the legend immortal.
By William Luce
The author of The Belle of Amherst, The Last Flapper, Bronte, and Lucifer's Child takes you backstage at the Metropolitan Opera, Christmas 1920, to meet the greatest tenor in history. You become a reporter conducting an interview in Enrico Caruso's dressing room as his valet Mario helps him prepare for a performance which, unknown to both men, will be his last. Starring Michael Ballam as Caruso.
Join our extraordinary pianists in an unpredictable concert of classic masterworks interspersed with comedy, and who knows what other mayhem will ensue. Bring the kids. They'll love it!
Utah Festival hosts more than 20 extraordinarily talented artists in a world-class opera competition. YOU help select the winner, who then heads to Italy to compete for the ultimate operatic prize.
A special concert of highlights from Cole Porter's legendary career including "Anything Goes," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "Night and Day," and much more!
Utah Festival's orchestra and soloists in collaboration with the American Festival Chorus perform Bach's legendary classic. Conducted by Dr. Craig Jessop.
John Phillip Sousa returns to the stage of the Eccles Theatre for a second all new patriotic program. James Michael Bankhead will once again conduct our 42-piece band with soloists and chorus. Join us for an unforgettable evening of patriotic music.
Be the first to experience two unique performances of intimate, exciting chamber music performed by Utah Festival artists and their guests to inaugurate the newly renovated Utah Theatre.
GALA DINNER FUNDRAISER |
Mingle with Festival stars at an elegant dinner followed by Ragtime in the historic Ellen Eccles Theatre.
Make plans to attend the Festival's complete lineup of spectacular events: