Utah Opera Presents THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO for Blind and Visually Impaired Patrons Tonight
Utah Opera will present a special performance of The Abduction from the Seraglio for blind and visually-impaired members of the community. Organized by the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera Education Department, this event is an opportunity for blind and visually-impaired patrons to attend tonight's May 7 evening dress rehearsal of the opera. The story of Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio follows a dashing nobleman doing his best to rescue a fair damsel in distress who has been kidnapped by Turkish pirates.
At 6:00 PM, Paula Fowler, the Director of Education and Outreach and Carol Anderson, Principal Coach,, will talk with the group about the opera, pass around props and prepared fabric samples of costumes, and share information about the set design. Braille translations and large print synopses are available, as well as headsets through which a play-by-play description of stage action is broadcast from the translator's booth. Vicki Flake will serve as this spoken version of the opera's action. This event, held in the Capitol Theatre, is an annual collaboration between Utah Opera, the Moran Eye Center, and the Utah Council for the Blind.
The event is free of charge; those who wish to attend can sign up online on the USUO Education website. Reservations can also be made at the Moran Eye Center by calling Lynn at 801-585-2213 or by calling The Utah Council of the Blind at 801-299-0670. Seating is limited.
About Utah Opera: Established by Glade Peterson in 1978, Utah Opera has been part of the community for more than 35 years and engages Utah residents through inspiring opera performances. The opera company presents four annual productions at the historic Capitol Theatre and participates each summer in the Deer Valley Music Festival in Park City. Utah Opera operates a full production studio where productions are rehearsed and costumes, props and sets are designed, made, rented out and stored. The opera currently has 17 full sets and costumes for 45 full productions in its inventory. Utah Opera also offers a Resident Artist Program, a nationally recognized young artist training program for professional singers and pianists who perform for more than 65,000 students each year through the organization's education department. For more information, visit www.utahopera.org.
About Utah Symphony | Utah Opera Education Department: The Education Department of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera creates and oversees opportunities in music for audiences of all ages, with special emphasis on musical experiences for K-12 students and teachers. As the largest performing arts organization in Utah, USUO promotes a broad public knowledge and appreciation of music through more than 30 state-assisted community outreach programs, amounting to more than 600 performances annually. USUO Education serves more than 7,000 teachers and 155,000 students each year throughout Utah by bringing both symphony and opera programs, free of charge, to every school district in Utah over a three- to five-year rotation. For more information, visit www.usuoeducation.org or call 801.869.9091.