Utah Opera: The Human Voice & Gentleman's Island

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  • Presented By: Utah Opera
  • At: Maurice Abravanel Hall
  • 123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
  • 09/27/2020 - 10/17/2020
  • 2:00 PM - 11:59 PM
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    Acclaimed dramatic soprano and Utah native Wendy Bryn Harmer, who has sung in multiple Metropolitan Opera cycles of Wagner’s “The Ring,” makes her Utah Opera debut performing the role of Elle at select performances.Director Kristine McIntyre’s English update of Jean Cocteau’s original libretto for The Human Voice brings the story into the present and shows that while our communication devices may have changed, the complication of relationships has not.Gentleman’s Island, inspired by the poem “Etiquette” from William S. Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan fame, comes to life with two Utah Opera regulars, tenor Brian Stucki and baritone Christopher Clayton.A second cast, featured at Oct 10 & 17 1 PM matinee performances, features Utah Opera Resident Artists Edith Grossman as Elle, Daniel O’Hearn as Mr. Gray, and Brandon Bell as Mr. Somers.Plot Summary:Called “an intimate view of a woman’s emotional spiral” (Meghan Klinkenborg, Schmopera.com), Francis Poulenc’s The Human Voice (La voix humaine) tells the story of Elle’s final phone call with her former lover, who is now in love with another. As she attempts to reconcile their relationship, the phones and other mobile devices that are supposed to help them communicate, keep them disconnected and apart instead.Joseph Horovitz’ comedy Gentleman’s Island is the tale of two English gentlemen, a tea taster and indigo importer, who are stranded on the same deserted island, but ought not to speak to each other as they are gentlemen who have not been properly introduced. In time, they agree that communication and cooperation is permissible, but that relationship is complicated when a mutual friend from their past appears on the island in a very unbecoming way.

    Event Info

    • Presented By: Utah Opera
    • Dates: 10/9/2020, 10/10/2020, 10/11/2020, 10/12/2020, 10/14/2020, 10/15/2020, 10/16/2020, 10/17/2020, 10/18/2020
    • Location: Abravanel Hall
    • Address: 123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
    • Time: 2:00 PM to 11:59 PM
    • Categories: Music, Theatre, Discounts & Free, Contemporary Theatre, Student Discounts, Classical & Opera
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