Not surprisingly, it’s going to be a roster of well known favorites when Utah Opera’s new season gets under way in October in the Capitol Theatre.
Starting off the 2015-16 season will be Giacomo Puccini’s perennial favorite Tosca, with soprano Kara Shay Thomson in the title role. Also in the cast is baritone Michael Chioldi as Baron Scarpia. Long time Utah Opera conductor Robert Tweten will return to lead the Utah Symphony. Performances run Oct. 10-18.
For the new year, Utah Opera will finally bring back Franz Léhar’s spirited operetta The Merry Widow. Sung in English, the cast features sopranos Caroline Worra as Hanna, the merry widow, and Sharin Apostolou as Valencienne. Conductor will be the Utah Symphony’s principal pops conductor Jerry Steichen. It will be onstage Jan. 16-24, 2016.
Giuseppe Verdi’s Aïda returns to Utah Opera after an 11-year hiatus in March 2016. In the title role will be soprano Jennifer Check, with bass-baritone Alfred Walker as Amonasro. Ari Pelto will conduct. Aïda will be performed March 12-20, 2016.
Finally, W.A. Mozart’s comedic masterpiece, The Marriage of Figaro, will round out the season in May. In the cast will be soprano Anya Matanovic as Susanna and baritone Craig Irvin as the Count. Gary Thor Wedor will conduct. It will be performed May 7-15, 2016.