Deseret News – Before Tom Hanks’ ‘The Terminal,’ there was the opera ‘Flight.’ Now, that opera is coming to Utah


SALT LAKE CITY — Steven Spielberg’s “The Terminal” was a commercial success. But six years before the film starring Tom Hanks, the story of a man who lived in the Charles de Gaulle Airport for 18 years became an opera called “Flight.”

On Tuesday, Utah Opera announced it will be performing Jonathan Dove and April De Angelis’ “Flight,” a contemporary opera inspired by Iranian refugee Mehran Karimi Nasseri’s forced residence at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport from 1988 to 2006, as part of its 2020-21 season.

The company’s premiere of “Flight” runs Jan. 16-24, 2021, and continues Utah Opera’s trend of embracing contemporary opera — the past few seasons have seen productions of “Moby-Dick,” “The Little Prince” and “Silent Night.”

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