Clayton will sing title role of Utah Opera’s first Spanish production
Music company’s schedule for next season announced.
Published: January 31, 2012 04:31PM
Updated: February 1, 2012 12:11PM
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"Tosca," that ever-popular verismo opera about Floria Tosca (soprano Cynthia Clayton), the fiery diva and and Baron Scarpia (baritone Guido LeBron), the corrupt and sexually predatory Roman chief of police at the perform a dress rehearsal at the Capitol Theatre. Also featured but not pictured is Mario Cavaradossi (tenor Scott Piper), a painter and her doomed lover. Photo by Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune 01/09/2008

Utah Opera will present an opera in Spanish for the first time next season.

Daniel Catán’s 1996 opera “Florencia en el Amazonas,” the story of an opera singer who returns to her jungle homeland in search of her lost love, is the company’s January 2013 offering. Soprano Cynthia Clayton, who has played tragic heroines such as Tosca and Mimì for Utah Opera in past seasons, will sing the title role.

The season opens in October with Verdi’s “Il Trovatore,” last seen on the Utah Opera stage in January 1985. The tale of switched-at-birth nobility and a Gypsy curse is best-known for the second-act “Anvil Chorus.”

Two perennial favorites round out the season. Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” will have its fourth Utah Opera outing in March. The company will present Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” for the fifth time in a May production.

Season tickets are on sale now at www.utahopera.org or 801-533-NOTE. Operas are presented in the Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City.

Catherine Reese Newton

Utah Opera season tickets

Season tickets are on sale now at www.utahopera.org or 801-533-NOTE. Operas are presented in the Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City.