Dear Festival Family,
Welcome to an ennobling season filled with passion, redemption, injustice, fantasy, comedy, and salvation! All have been assembled to enlighten and direct you to a more edifying life. Enjoy some exciting "firsts" prepared just for you.
Experience wonder as Peter Pan soars to Neverland in the newly renovated and expanded Utah Theatre. Witness the Utah premiere of Puccini's last completed work, Il Trittico (The Trilogy), in its entirety and Ragtime, one of the biggest successes on Broadway in the last two decades.
Hearken back to 1927's iconic musical Show Boat that convinced the world the uniquely American art form of Musical Theatre was the new international way to tell stories in song. Reward yourself with the undisputed masterpiece of the musical stage, Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.
Let the hauntingly beautiful melodies and lyrics of Cole Porter wash over you as we pay homage to him in a special tribute. Welcome John Philip Sousa back to Logan in a rousing all-new celebration of marches and showstoppers. Witness the supreme genius of J.S. Bach as we present his monumental Mass in B Minor with the American Festival Chorus.
We have assembled our largest company of artists, instrumentalists, designers, directors, conductors, and technical professionals in our 24-year history. Enjoy education, entertainment, enlightenment, and edification. Come to your festival!
Founding General Director
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 who live on a riverboat 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 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!
By Carolyn Leigh and Morris (Moose) Charlap
Starring Michael Ballam as Captain Hook in the Utah Theatre's inaugural production!
On a quest to find stories to entertain his young cohorts in Neverland, Peter returns to the real world and meets Wendy, Michael, and John Darling. The children accompany him back to Neverland where they learn to fly, get involved in all sorts of adventures, defeat the evil Captain Hook, and are changed forever. The story is set to a rich score that includes beloved songs such as "I Won't Grow Up," "Never Never Land," and "Distant Melody."
Join our talented professional pianists in an unpredictable concert of classic hits where they'll be dressing up, playing jokes on each other, and who knows what other mayhem will ensue. It's an unforgettable combo of precision, showmanship, and fun. Bring your budding piano virtuosos. 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.
John Philip 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.
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! Conducted by Karen Keltner & Barbara Day Turner.
Experience two unique performances of intimate, exciting chamber music performed by Utah Festival artists and their guests in the newly renovated Utah Theatre.
Utah Festival's orchestra and soloists in collaboration with the American Festival Chorus perform Bach's legendary classic. Conducted by Dr. Craig Jessop.
Help us kick off our upcoming 25th Silver Anniversary in 2017 with a special program featuring principal artists and musicians and a celebration of what we've accomplished during the last quarter of a century!
Make plans to attend the Festival's complete lineup of spectacular events: