Results of an audience-preference survey conducted in February by the Utah Opera revealed some interesting results, some surprising, others not so much so.
Mozart continues to be dear to the hearts of Utahns, as reflected in their first choice of "Don Giovanni," the final opera scheduled for the 1989-90 season. Runners-up were Verdi's "Otello," "Samson and Delilah" by Saint-Saens, and "Romeo and Juliet" by Gounod. (Musically speaking, everyone may not know just what they are asking for in the latter two choices.)Further preference was for "The Flying Dutchman" by Wagner, Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte," Puccini's "Manon Lescaut," and "Fidelio" by Beethoven. Expect to see these choices influence future seasons.
At the bottom of the list are three modern works that Utahns would probably like if they knew them: "Jenufa" by Janacek, "Susannah" by Floyd, and "The Ballad of Baby Doe" by Douglas Moore. - Dorothy Stowe