Utah Opera Artistic Director Christopher McBeth announced the Utah Opera’s complete 2011-12 season yesterday, featuring four dynamic works: a thematic opener, one of Verdi’s most enduring masterpieces, an Italian comedy, and a stunning adaptation of a classic American novel.
The season will open with Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, which highlights the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, ideally presented in October of 2011, just after the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
A subsequent January 2012 run of Giuseppe Verdi’s popular Rigoletto will explore matters of love, betrayal, jealousy and revenge.
Following the thematic weight of Fidelio and Rigoletto, Utah Opera will present a bit of comic relief in the form of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love in March of 2012.
Carlisle Floyd’s adaptation of the classic American novel, Of Mice and Men, will close the season in May of 2012 as the continuation of McBeth’s American Opera Initiative for the Utah Opera.
Season tickets for the 2011-12 Utah Opera season go on sale March 1 and can be purchased by calling 801-533-NOTE (6683) or by visiting the Utah Opera website.