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Christopher McBeth

Artistic Director

Utah Opera Company

HQ Phone:  (801) 533-5626

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Utah Opera Company

123 West South Temple

Salt Lake City, Utah,84101

United States

Company Description

Utah Opera, established by Glade Peterson in 1978, has been part of the Utah community for 40 years and engages audiences through inspiring operatic performances. The opera company presents four annual productions at the historic Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol T...more

Background Information

Employment History

Artistic Director

University of Utah


Affiliations

Utah District MONC

Advisory Board Member


National Center for Voice and Speech

ADVISORY BOARD Member


Education

Bachelor of Music degree

Simpson College


Master of Music degree

Baylor University


earned master's degrees

vocal performance

Baylor University


Web References(185 Total References)


NCVS: Giving Voice to America

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Christopher McBeth,
Artistic Director for the Utah Opera


NCVS: Giving Voice to America

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Christopher McBeth,
Artistic Director for the Utah Opera


Utah District Auditions

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Christopher McBeth
Artistic Director, Utah Opera


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Christopher McBeth,Utah Opera
October 2009 marks an important anniversary for Utah Opera: exactly 10 years ago, Christopher McBeth began his work in artistic direction with the company. It is fitting that for his anniversary, the company will produce Macbeth, an opera that is both one of Christopher's favorites among the standard opera repertoire and one that is a near namesake. Christopher is quick to point out that his name is not unlucky-that there is no little "a" and there is a "big B" (many actors believe saying "Macbeth" instead of "the Scottish play" will jinx a performance). But he's still a Scot, so he can't help but enjoy Lucia and Macbeth, two famous Scottish operas. Despite recent financial downturns and funding challenges, Christopher has managed to hire great singing actors for our productions, and his technical staff has continued creating impressive visual spectacles on the Capitol Theatre stage. Christopher did not begin as a lover of opera: his father was a United Methodist minister in Wisconsin, so Christopher's first musical experiences were singing hymns in church gatherings. He went to college in Iowa intent on becoming a high school choir teacher, but there was introduced to opera and changed his major to vocal performance (listen to his speaking voice just once, and you'll hear his rich baritone). Christopher married soprano Julie Poe just after graduation, and they both earned master's degrees in vocal performance at Baylor University in Texas. But gradually they both decided that they didn't want the separated lifestyle a singing career requires, and they both started exploring the behind-the-scenes side of opera. Julie now is personal assistant to USUO's CEO, and she occasionally sings in the opera chorus (she will be onstage in Macbeth). Christopher put his own singing aside to become an administrator. They found the perfect combination of those goals in their positions with Utah Opera, where, in addition to producing excellent mainstage opera, Christopher oversees the young artist Ensemble program. He especially delights in launching new talents, and in bringing back exceptional artists he has helped discover to enrich our Utah Opera productions.


Utah Opera Presents Return of Verdi's "Aïda" to Salt Lake City in a Production New to the Capitol Theatre Stage

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Utah Opera Artistic Director Christopher McBeth said he expected this production to be the best presentation of "Aïda" the company has ever mounted.
"In my experience, there are few operas that can compare with 'Aïda' in spectacle, inspiration, and beauty. Every time I reconnect with Verdi's tour de force opera I am just as amazed by its power as I was the first time I encountered it," said Mr. McBeth. Utah Opera Artistic Director Christopher McBeth will hold a Q&A session, free of charge for ticket holders, immediately following each performance in the Capitol Room of the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre (50 West 200 South).


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