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2 Utah operas companies set seasons
Companies to include works by Verdi, Romberg

Two internationally renowned, locally based opera companies have announced their upcoming seasons.THE UTAH OPERA COMPANY'S 1999-2000 season:

October 16 is the kickoff date, with Puccini's "Tosca" taking over the Capitol Theatre. The production will run through Oct. 24.

Soprano Lori Phillips will return in the title role; tenor David Corman and baritone Stephen Kechulius are slated to sing the roles Cavaradossi and Scarpia, respectively.

Next up is Gluck's "Orpheus and Eurydice," which will open Jan. 15, 2000, and close Jan. 23. This work will feature the choreography of Marina Harris, danced by the Repertory Dance Theatre. Mezzo-soprano Wendy Hoffman will sing as Orpheus and soprano Nancy Allen Lundy will take on the role of Eurydice.

Verdi's final opera, "Falstaff," is scheduled for March 4-12, 2000. Timothy Noble will make his Utah Opera debut in the title role.

Lehar's "The Merry Widow" will wrap up the season in May. Hanna Glawari, the title character, will be sung by soprano Pamela Armstrong. The production will run May 13-21, 2000.

All performances will be in the Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South.

Season renewals for current subscribers are now being processed. New subscription sales will will begin July 1, 1999. Season tickets range from $40 on up. They may be purchased by calling ArtTix at (801) 355-ARTS (2787) or 1-888-451-ARTS.

THE UTAH FESTIVAL OPERA will captivate audiences with Offenbach's "The Tales of Hoffman." Gerard Powers will portray Hoffman, and Allison Charney will sing the roles of his three love interests, Olympia, Antonia and Giulietta. "The Tales of Hoffman" will run July 15, 22, 24, 29, 31, and Aug. 4 and 6.

Romberg's "The Student Prince" will open July 16 and run July 21, 23, 29, 31, and Aug. 5 and 7. Prince Karl will be performed by Kevin Hill, and Pamela Hinchman will play the waitress.

The final regular-season performance will be Rogers & Hammerstein's "Carousel." The performance schedule will be July 17, 22, 24, 28, 30, and Aug. 5 and 7. Artistic director Michael Ballam will take on the role of Billy Bigelow, and Kate Egan has landed the role of Julie Jordan.

Season ticket packages range from $15.75 to $105, and single tickets range from $15-$45 and can be purchased by calling the Dansante box office at 800-262-0074 or 435-750-0300, ex. 106.

IN ADDITION to the regular performances, the Utah Festival Opera season will feature special performances and programs:

"Bravo! Opera Discovery" will spotlight the company's young artists performing scenes from various operas. The program will beAug. 6, at 2 p.m. in the Ellen Eccles Theatre. Tickets range from $7 to $18.

On July 23 and Aug. 4, the Utah Festival Opera Company's orchestra will present a chamber music concert at the UFOC's Dansante Building, 59 S. 100 West, in Logan. All tickets are $5.

Two performances of the mini-opera "The Face on the Barroom Floor," by Henry Mollicone and John S. Bowman, will be presented in Logan's historic Bluebird Restaurant, 19 N. Main, Logan, on July 28 and 30. Curtain is 10:30 p.m. No tickets are necessary, but there is a cover charge at the restaurant.

Additional performances will take place at the Opera House during the Festival of the American West, located seven miles south of Logan on U.S. 89/91, from Aug. 4-7 beginning at 11 a.m., daily. Admission is free.