Logan Utah Home of Utah Festival Opera
Utah Festival Opera is one of the world's best opera companies.
Ranked by “Money Magazine” as one of the world’s top 20 summer opera festivals, the Utah Festival Opera has certainly made a name for itself.
I wonder if back in 1993, when Michael Ballam founded the company, he thought it would reach to such acclaim…I bet he did.
Utah Festival Opera
Michael Ballam founder of the Utah Festival Opera.
First, you might be wondering just who Michael Ballam is. Michael Ballam is an opera singer of grand distinction. He has performed in the most important Concert Halls of every continent. I could go on and on expounding on his vast list of accomplishments and accolades, but I believe that the most important thing I could say about Michael Ballam is that he is a lover of music. He believes that music has a healing power that reaches to your soul. When I think of profoundly good music, I think of Michael Ballam. Because he is a lover of music, he is also a teacher of music. He has taught all kinds of music, from the University level down to the elementary level, always imploring the student to let music influence them for good. Michael Ballam, accomplished pianist, oboist, and opera singer is a voice for wholesome music. It is a quiet voice that can be heard resounding through the hills of Northern Utah, and spreading across the world, as he brings the Utah Festival Opera to the forefront of the Opera industry.
Experience Michael Ballam
- Michael Ballam\'s Official Web Site
Michael Ballam's Official Web Site.
Utah Festival Opera in Logan, Utah
The Beautiful Ellen Eccles Theatre
The Exterior of the Ellen Eccles Theatre
The Ellen Eccles Theatre
The Ellen Eccles Theatre is the home of the Utah Festival Opera. The theater itself has had an interesting past.
Built in 1890, the theater was originally called the Thatcher Opera House. It was built at the top of the Thatcher Bank Building on the corner of Main Street and Center, in Logan, Utah. It was considered to be a modern structure for its time with steam heat, and indoor plumbing and electricity. The vaudeville circuit performed there, along with a band and orchestra that used the building when they were not touring the state.
In 1906 there was over 66 different programs in the theater ranging from plays, concerts, operas, movies, and vaudeville shows. Unfortunately the Thatcher Opera House experienced a major setback when, in April of 1912, a fire, that was started in the basement of an adjoining building spread and burned the Thatcher Opera House down. The Newspaper headlines for the area read, “WORST FIRE IN CACHE VALLEY HISTORY”. In smaller print to the right was the headline of the sinking of the Titanic, which had over a thousand deaths. I guess you can see the importance the Opera House held in the eyes of the local citizens.
Utah Festival Opera performs The Crucible
Get ready for the opera in Logan, Utah.
The Capitol Theater transforms into the Ellen Eccles Theater
The Thatchers were devastated by the loss, but soon began to envision an even bigger, better, and more ornate replacement. It wasn’t until 1923, some 12 years later, that the new theater was built at the astonishing cost of $250,000 and was called the Capitol Theater. The Capitol Theater became the heart of cultural activities in Cache Valley. Live performances like Abbot and Costello gave way to films during the 1930’s and finally, when television emerged in the 1950’s, the theater began to be neglected.
It was during the 1980’s, when talk of demolishing the theater was heard, that a grass roots effort was made to save this piece of history which had fallen in to grave disrepair. A $4.3 million dollar project, gave way to the now fully restored Capitol Theater, complete with its stunning murals and elaborate stage. When the theater was reopened in January, 1993, it was renamed the Ellen Eccles Theatre in honor of the early Logan resident and philanthropist Ellen Stoddard Eccles.
Show Boat, Utah Festival Opera
Come to the Ellen Eccles Theatre for the Utah Festival Opera.
Almost like the “Field of Dreams”, the Ellen Eccles Theatre, with the help of Michael Ballam, has experienced the phenomenon of “if you build it they will come.”
And come they do… to the Utah Festival Opera.
Steal a kiss at the opera at the Ellen Eccles Theatre
Utah Festival Opera
- Utah Festival Opera - SEASON INFO
Utah Festival Opera Company in Logan, Utah, presenting grand opera, operetta, light opera, and Broadway-style musical theatre at the Ellen Eccles Theatre in Cache Valley. Michael Ballam is founder and director.
- Center for the Arts
The mission of the Cache Valley Center for the Arts is to bring cultural enrichment to the people of the extended Cache Valley community.
Check out Utah Festival Opera Calendar of Events
Offering a wide variety of events including productions of grand opera, operetta, light opera and Broadway-style musical theater, the 2011 Utah Festival Opera season runs from July 6 through August 6. The four productions receiving top billing are Don Giovanni, Oliver, South Pacific, and Boris Godunov.
Listen to the amazing sound of the opera.
2006 Production of The Marriage of Figaro.
Mozart- The Marriage of Figaro
Music in the mountains in Logan, Utah.
For a cultural experience you will never forget, come listen to the sound of music in the mountains as performed by the Utah Festival Opera at the Ellen Eccles Theatre in Logan, Utah.
Come see the historic Ellen Eccles Theatre in Logan, Utah.
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- Tuacahn Amphitheatre in St. George Utah
Tuacahn is a Mayan word which means Canyon of the Gods, and when you experience Tuacahn for yourself you will understand why the name is so appropriate. Tuacahn is an outdoor amphitheater nestled in the valley of 1500 foot red cliffs.
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