Utah Festival's mission statement proclaims that we "Bring people together to share ennobling artistic experiences." Few works embody this principle more than LES MISÉRABLES. We vow to lift you from "misérables" to "nobilité" with our production of this landmark operatic work. You may have seen wonderful productions of LES MISÉRABLES already, but I promise you will never have heard it like this! We are investing our finest vocal and instrumental resources to imbue the score with the majesty a live performance deserves!
I had previously anticipated portraying the role of my hero Jean Valjean. However, we have been presented with an extraordinary opportunity to have a world-class performer step into the role. His name is Patrick Miller. He is the winner of a Grammy Award and has performed with numerous companies including the MET and Lyric Opera of Chicago. His extensive experience will bring a depth and passion to Valjean that will enthrall us all. This will enable me to focus my energies on the larger picture of the leadership, management and goals of the company, including the completion of the Utah Theatre. I look forward to mingling with you in the audience this summer, and plan to be back on stage in the near future.
At the age of 5, sitting next to my beloved maternal grandmother in the Ellen Eccles Theatre, I first heard the spectacular voice of Mario Lanza in THE STUDENT PRINCE. At that moment I knew I must venture forth to present that kind of sound to the world. We will do just that in a work so beloved to two of our dearest patrons that we are dedicating this glorious production of THE STUDENT PRINCE to Frances and Thomas S. Monson. In my esteem it is the greatest operetta of all time.
I have been afforded many tender mercies in my professional life, and one of the greatest was to be the first to re-create the role of Anatol in Samuel Barber's monumental VANESSA after the premiere in 1958. It became then, and remains today, the greatest American opera. It is so beloved to me that we named our first daughter after it. What a personal thrill for me to give this unique work to you.
OKLAHOMA! swung wide the door to the great American Musical Theatre in 1943. It raised the bar in every aspect of production: story-telling, drama, choreography, vocalism and orchestration. It changed everything and we never looked back. Broadway became a world-class art! Utah Festival will afford all the grand elements of the original production and you'll never see such a rich production anywhere in the world today.
What do Utah Festival's four offerings have in common? They are the pinnacle of each of their genres: Grand Opera, Operetta, American Opera and American Musical Theatre. Don't miss any one of them. We're also presenting wonderful concerts and classes to enhance your Festival experience. I'll see you there!
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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 "Do You Hear the People Sing" and "I Dreamed a Dream." Featuring a full orchestra and MET Grammy Award winner Patrick Miller as Jean Valjean, Utah Festival's Les Misérables is must-see musical theatre. It's your last chance to see it before it heads back to Broadway.
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 an American theatre classic.
By Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
"There's a bright golden haze on the meadow" are the first words Oscar Hammerstein wrote and sent to Richard Rodgers to put to music, beginning the greatest collaboration in musical theatre history. The work would be called Oklahoma! and it changed musical theatre forever. Never before had a musical integrated book, music, and dance. It would go on to break every Broadway record, running for more than five years. Seventy years later it still resonates with romance and suspense because basic human values and dreams never change.
By Samuel Barber
Vanessa has waited 20 years for 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.
From the intimate to the grand, a celebration of Beethoven ending in the triumphant "Ode to Joy" from his monumental 9th Symphony. Conducted by Craig Jessop.
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.
Presented in collaboration with the Utah State University Music Department. Thrill to the sound of a 42-piece band, with choir, soloists and surprises, in a program drawn largely from the concert Sousa himself led in Logan in 1927. Conducted by James Michael Bankhead.
First, Renee Fleming at the SuperBowl. Then Anna Netrebko at the Olympics. Now YOU can help launch the next star! After the competition finalists perform with orchestra, and while the judges confer and the audience vote is tallied, you will be entertained by Utah Festival's stars. Conducted by Karen Keltner and Barbara Day Turner. For more info:
Int'l Opera Competition
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. Fun for all ages.