Utah Opera Opens with 'Faust'

Utah Opera Opens with 'Faust'

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Carole Mikita ReportingThe Utah Symphony and Opera have just opened their largest joint production since they merged. The opera company begins its season with 'Faust', which examines the timeless struggle between good and evil.

What appears as a love story is oh, so much more. The man named 'Faust' has sold his soul to the devil to be young again. Utah Opera performers explain the universal theme.

Sally Dibblee, Plays Marguerite in 'Faust': "I think that people who find themselves drawn into the coil of temptation don't have the presence of mind to get out of it quickly enough, some people..."

Kristopher Irmiter, plays Mephistopheles and says we all do cross that line between good choices and bad choices.

Kristopher Irmiter, 'Faust': “This clerk gave me too much change back. Do I just put the other dollar in my pocket or do I say ' oh, you made a mistake, and hand it back to her? The character Mephistopheles, he looks for those little footholds."

Performing not only gives these singers the opportunity to do the roles they want, but it gives them an inside look at the Utah Symphony & Opera Merger, which a little more than a year old.

Joseph Wolverton, 'Faust': "I work with symphonies a lot. They're in such pain, as far as fundraising, ever since 9/11, and the operas as well. I think it's a wise choice, a very wise choice, a good community move."

While organizations and performers across the country are watching the business side of the merger, the two entities, now one, are also hoping audiences are watching the art. "Faust" runs through Sunday, October 26th at the Capitol Theatre.

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