Utah Arts Review – Utah Opera to open season safely with a corona-conscious double bill
by Catherine Reese Newton
Art goes on, even in a pandemic. Utah Opera will open its season Friday night with a new set of health protocols and a pair of one-act operas that explore the timely themes of isolation and connection.
In place of the originally scheduled Flying Dutchman by Wagner, the company will present ten performances of Francis Poulenc’s one-woman monodrama La voix humaine (presented in a new English-language translation as The Human Voice). The double-bill will be rounded out with Joseph Horovitz’s two-man Gentleman’s Island, a comedy of manners based on William Gilbert’s poem “Etiquette.”
Utah Opera will observe the same public-health precautions that the Utah Symphony has had in place since the orchestra’s musicians reported to work in early September. (No coronavirus outbreaks have been reported so far among the musicians.)