Utah Festival Opera season to have a Russian flair

Utah Festival Opera’s 2011 season is opening on July 6 and continuing through August 6 on the stage of the Ellen Eccles Theatre. Founder and General Director Michael Ballam says the late Larry Miller, who purchased the Dansante building for the UFOMT, would be smiling if he could see what is happening there. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Wednesday, Ballam said 320 extraordinary artists are in Logan from all over the world. “An opera like Boris Godunov, the great Russian masterpiece, requires some Russian help,” Ballam explained. “We have a Russian director; we have a Russian repetiteur, that’s the musician who plays the rehearsal. She is the orchestra until the orchestra arrives, which they did on Saturday. “Then we have a Russian dialect coach because only two of the cast members speak Russian as their native language. So we have brought in native Russians to help them with the diction. It’s a work that has to be done in Russian.” Other mainstage productions are Don Giovanni, South Pacific and Oliver which has Ballam playing the role of Fagin. Ballam says there are almost 199 different activities, including concerts, lectures and educational classes.

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