I hope you saw and heard the Utah Opera singers at the May 2 Symposium in Ogden. Michael Wanko gave a forecast of the title role of Gianni Schicchi the scamp who out schemed the scheming relatives anxious to inherit in the desperate times following World War 11. His bass baritone is commanding and his comic talents prodigious. Residence Artist Aaron Blake shone in the role of Rinnucio; this young man is already making his mark in opera and will return next year in Falstaff. Utah native Megan Phillips Cash was delightful in the role of Lauretta in her debut with Utah Opera and we hope to see her again soon.
Christopher McBeth, artistic director of Utah Opera, assembles a delightful preview of the music in upcoming operas, and Symposium goers are free to mingle with performers. Stay abreast of Symposiums for 2010 -2011 on the Ogden Opera Guild web site. You’ll see the top performers first in Ogden!