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Brilliant Stories. Vivid Music. Passion, magic & laughter at the Utah Opera.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 11:02 Written by  Danica Farley

I've had season tickets to Utah Opera for over 30 years; on Friday night I heard the most magnificent soprano voice of the last three decades. Leonora (played by Jennifer Check in her Utah Opera debut) graced the stage of Capitol Theatre with an absolutely stunning performance in Verdi's Il Trovatore. I am always amazed how divas can sing while lying down, embraced by a lover, and also act their part. The two male leads, Manrico (Scott Piper) and Conte di Luna (Michael Chioldi), were strong counterparts in the season premiere.

Like many operas the story line of Il Trovatore is tragic: star-crossed lovers with unhappy endings. But the joy in experiencing such talent—by performers, musicians, conductor, costume designer, composer, and more—seems to lighten the mood.

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It's been 27 years since Il Trovatore was part of the four operas produced each season by Salt Lake City's internationally-acclaimed opera company. Verdi was a master and even an opera novice would recognize the hum-able tunes from this production that debuted in Rome in 1853 (like the Anvil Chorus: used in Tiny Toons cartoons, spoofed by Gilbert and Sullivan, and played by Glenn Miller and his orchestra).

An evening of elegance, with a local food inspired pre-event meal at Bambara (or any of downtowns delish restaurants), proves that downtown SLC is a savvy metropolis. Glade Peterson created Utah Opera in 1978; his legacy lives on in treasured performances. Thanks Glade (and all involved) for providing me and the opera-loving community with phenomenally memorable experiences, year after year.

Utah Opera coins the 2012-2013 season as: "Brilliant Stories. Vivid Music. Escape to a world of passion, magic, and laughter." I believe it all to be true. Three operas remain and I look forward to each one.

Florencia en el Amazonas by Daniel Catan: Jan. 19, 21, 24, 25, 27
The Magic Flute by Mozart: March 16, 18, 20, 22, 24
The Barber of Seville by Rossini: May 11, 13, 15, 17, 19

For details, tickets, and synopses, visit www.utahopera.org.

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