Last week the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theare kicked off its 2018 season. Founding Director Michael Ballam says all the works this year are based on literature that has shaped society’s perception of life over the last four centuries.
Ballam says the festival, with its full stage productions along with concerts, special performances and related events, is also noted for the boost it brings each summer to Cache Valley’s economy.
“Last year it was determined that downtown Logan and Cache Valley were the beneficiaries of somewhere over $20 million worth of economic impact,” Ballam exclaims. “That doesn’t come to the opera company. Our job is to just break even.
“But those people come to our hotels, eat in our restaurants. We even have some patrons who come from other states who buy cars here. They trade in their old car and buy a new one because they have discovered that prices are better in Logan. We have an audience of over 20,000 people.”
The major productions this season are The Barber of Seville (performed with English sub-titles), The Secret Garden, Into the Woods, Amazing Grace at the Ellen Eccles Theatre, along with You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown performed at the recently-restored Utah Theatre.