Michael Adams, Michael Chioldi & Nicole Heaston Highlight Utah Opera’s 2019-20 Season

By Nicole Kuchta

Utah Opera has announced its 2019-20 season.

The season will open with Verdi’s “La Traviata,” directed by Garnett Bruce, in the newly renovated Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre. Anya Matanovic will star as Violetta Valéry, alongside Rafael Moras making his Utah Opera debut as Alfredo and Metropolitan Opera-regular Michael Chioldi as Germont. Steven White will conduct.

Performance Dates: Oct. 12 – 20, 2019.

Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music-winning “Silent Night,” based on the 2005 screenplay “Joyeux Noël,” is “one of the most performed American operas of our time,” according to Utah Opera. Director Tomer Zvulun will make his Utah Opera debut with this award-winning production. Featured will be Craig Irvin as Lt. Horstmayer, Daniel Belcher as Ponchel, and Abigail Rethwisch as Anna Sørensen. Robert Tweten will conduct.

Performance Dates: Jan. 18 – 26, 2020.

A colorful, 1960s inspired production of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,” directed by Michael Shell, will feature scenery by Shoko Kambara and costumes by Amanda Seymour. Michael Adams, featured among ‘25 Rising Stars’ by Opera News, will star as Figaro, with Sarah Coit as Rosina, Matthew Grills as Count Almaviva, and Kevin Burdette as Don Bartolo. Gary Thor Wedow will conduct.

Performance Dates: Mar. 14 – 22, 2020.

The season will conclude with Lorenzo Cutùli’s production of Massenet’s Thaïs,” directed by Andrea Cigni. Nicole Heaston will star in the challenging title role. Rounding out the cast are Troy Cook as Athanaël and Dominick Chenes as Nicias. Kenneth Montgomery will conduct.

Performance Dates: May 9 – 17, 2020.