OPERAS & MUSICALS
By Claude-Michel Schönberg & Alain Boublil
Convict Jean Valjean serves 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread. Haunted by his past – and the police chief Javert – Valjean becomes a successful businessman and the mayor of Montreuil. What is the worth of a soul? Can a man find redemption? Les Misérables explores these themes with renowned musical numbers such as "Do You Hear the People Sing" and "I Dreamed a Dream." Starring Michael Ballam as Jean Valjean, Les Misérables is must-see musical theatre.
By Sigmund Romberg
It's 1860 in the mythical kingdom of Karlsberg and the young heir Karl Franz is bored with royal life. He flees Karlsberg with his tutor Doctor Engel to visit the university town of Heidelberg, his head filled with stories of Dr Engel's youth. Incognito, he falls in love with young Kathie, but he's still a prince and when the news of his father's death reaches him, Karl must decide on his future. The Student Prince is considered a classic of American theatre.
By Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
It's Indian territory at the turn of the century, and a cattleman named Curly and a farmer named Jud are fighting over fences, water rights – and the lovely young Laurey. Their rivalry escalates as Laurey invites Jud to the box social. Featuring classics such as "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top," and "All 'Er Nothing," Oklahoma! is one of the most revered Rodgers & Hammerstein classics.
By Samuel Barber
Vanessa has spent the last 20 years awaiting the return of her beloved Anatol. He finally appears, but it's not her beloved – it's his son who bears the same name. In true opera fashion a love triangle ensues between the younger Anatol, Vanessa, and her niece Erika. Soon an engagement is announced, but will unforseen circumstances unhinge everything? Don't miss this timeless classic that won the 1958 Pulitzer Prize for music.
Join our talented 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.
Utah Festival's ensemble, soloists and orchestra perform selections from the world’s most beloved operas. The International Opera Competition Finals will again be incorporated into this dynamic performance.
Celebrate Pioneer Day and the Western pioneer spirit with fanfares, patriotic music, a stirring salute to the men and women in our Armed Forces, and more.
Utah Festival hosts more than 20 extraordinarily talented artists. YOU help select the winner, who then heads to Italy to compete for the ultimate operatic prize. The Finals will again be incorporated into Operafest.
Beethoven's greatest hits are on parade when Utah Festival and the American Festival Chorus highlight the master composer's most impressive choral works. Conducted by Craig Jessop.