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Mr. Christopher McBeth

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Artistic Director

Phone: (801) ***-****  
Email: c***@***.org
Local Address:  Utah , United States
Utah Opera Company
336 N 400 W
Salt Lake City , Utah 84103
United States

Company Description: The Utah Opera's mission is to give great performances which engage, educate, and enrich lives.

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Master of Music degree
    Baylor University
  • Bachelor of Music degree
    Simpson College
96 Total References
Web References
ALSO: Q&A Session with Utah Opera ..., 1 Aug 2015 [cached]
ALSO: Q&A Session with Utah Opera artistic director Christopher McBeth, Capitol Room, Capitol Theatre, immediately following each performance, free for ticket holders.
NCVS: Giving Voice to America, 20 April 2015 [cached]
Christopher McBeth, Artistic Director for the Utah Opera
NCVS: Giving Voice to America, 1 Oct 2009 [cached]
Christopher McBeth NCVS: Giving Voice to America
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.
The National Center for Voice and Speech, 5 Dec 2010 [cached]
Christopher McBeth , Artistic Director for the Utah Opera
Deer Valley Music Festival - Staff, 5 June 2013 [cached]
Christopher McBeth | Opera Artistic Director
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