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Adriana Lecouvreur occupies a unique place in the repertory: largely dismissed by experts from its premiere to the present day yet cherished by its fans. The opera is a deft combination of frank emotionalism and flowing lyricism, with pseudo-historical spectacle. Based on a play by Eugène Scribe, the story was inspired by the real-life intrigues of famed actress Adrienne Lecouvreur and the legendary soldier Maurice of Saxony.
Il Trittico – Gianni Schicchi
Puccini’s longest and most ambitious evening of theater, Il Trittico is a triptych of one-act operas that together present a unique overview of the human experience. Taking a cue from Dante’s Divine Comedy and its three-part journey from desperation to light, Il Trittico offers a modern glimpse at ordinary people striving for happiness.
Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief, and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century. Some have had problems with Tosca’s rather grungy subject matter, the directness and intensity of its score, and the crowd-pleasing dramatic opportunities it provides. These same aspects have made Tosca one of a handful of iconic works that seem to represent opera in the public imagination.
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony – Soloist
Experience the brilliance of Andrew Norman, the Utah Symphony’s new composer-in-association. His fantasy piano concerto Suspend will envelop you with its dream-like quality of improvisation. Then buckle up for Beethoven’s final symphonic utterance, the Ninth, bursting with power and energy and culminating with the famous “Ode to Joy.” You won’t want to miss this season-launching event, which is sure to delight all music lovers.