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Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre

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50 west 200 south Salt Lake City, UT 84101 United States
(801) 355-2787 http://saltlakecity.broadway.com/venues/theaters/capitol-theatre/

The Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre is one of Salt Lake County’s most beloved buildings. A landmark in downtown Salt Lake since 1913, a newspaper reporter at the time described the building as “rich and restful, without vulgar or gaudy display.” Vaudevillians, silent movies, and “talkies,” were the mainstay in the theatre for years.

October 2019

La Traviata – Utah Opera

Starts: October 12

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October 12–20 2019 Conducted by Steven White, and stars soprano Anya Matanovič as Violetta Valéry, the young Parisian courtesan who is conflicted by her love, lifestyle and health. Matanovič was recently praised by Utah Arts Review’s Ed Reichel for her “power” and “rich, warm soprano” as Juliette in Utah Opera’s 2018 production of “Roméo et Juliette.” Tenor Rafael Moras makes his company debut and performs the role of Alfredo Germont, Violetta’s love interest, and baritone Michael Chioldi returns to Utah…

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  • Balanchine’s Ballets Russes – Ballet West

    Starts: October 25

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    October 25–November 2, 2019 The Song of the Nightingale (Le Chant du Rossignol) is a tale of a mysterious songbird that cures an ailing Chinese emperor. What emerges is a parable about nature’s capacity to heal wounds, and the need for humanity to be led by beauty and light. Balanchine’s Apollo is as sparse and restrained as it is dramatic and powerful. His version follows the young god as he is ushered into adulthood by the muses of poetry, mime,…

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  • November 2019

    Snow White – Ballet West II

    Starts: November 8

    November 8–9, 2019 A classic fairy tale is reborn in this magical, brand new production. The Grimms’ fairy tale receives an illustrious treatment in this Ballet West II world premiere. The newest installment in the Family Classics series, Snow White is presented in 90 minutes with guided narration and features the magic mirror, poisoned apple, and mysterious dwarves that will keep the entire family on the edge of their seats!

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  • December 2019

    The Nutcracker – Ballet West

    Starts: December 6

    December 6–24, 2019 Celebrate the 75th anniversary of an American masterpiece that originated with Ballet West founder, Willam Christensen. In 1944, critics were stunned when Christensen staged the first full-length Nutcracker in America. “We can’t understand why a vehicle of such fantastic beauty and originality would not be produced in its entirety in this country until now,” reported the Sacramento Union. It was produced on a shoestring budget, but captivated a nation. Now, during this momentous year and following a…

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  • January 2020

    Silent Night – Utah Opera

    Starts: January 18, 2020

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    Premiere January 18–26, 2020 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music The opera, which is based on Christian Carion’s 2005 screenplay “Joyeux Noël,” tells the story of the 1914 Christmas truce between the German, French and Scottish soldiers during World War I. Robert Tweten conducts the opera, which is sung in five languages—English, French, German, Italian, and Latin—with English supertitles projected above the stage.

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  • February 2020

    Giselle – Ballet West

    Starts: February 7, 2020

    February 7–15, 2020 One of the most beloved romantic ballets presented in this acclaimed production. Since its Paris premiere in 1841, Giselle has been an instant triumph with audiences. A love story, a ghost story, and a tale of forgiveness from beyond the grave, Giselle is about a peasant girl who falls in love with a nobleman, not knowing he is betrothed to another woman. When she finds out the truth, she goes mad and dies, only to become one…

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  • March 2020

    The Barber of Seville – Utah Opera

    Starts: March 14, 2020

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    March 14–22, 2020 Conductor Gary Thor Wedow leading the opera. Baritone Michael Adams, Marcello in Utah Opera’s 2017 production of “La bohème,” sings the famous “Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!” aria as a barber who is enlisted by Count Almaviva to help him gain the interest of the Rosina, the young ward of the older Dr. Bartolo, who plans to marry her himself. Artist mezz-soprano Sarah Coit performs the role of Rosina with tenor Matthew Grills performing Count Almaviva and bass Kevin…

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  • April 2020

    Bolero & The Dream – Ballet West

    Starts: April 17, 2020

    April 17–25, 2020 Dynamic power and comedic timing are on full display. Based on William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ashton’s Victorian retelling of the Bard’s ironic farce is both hilarious and charming and its music by Felix Mendelssohn is instantly recognizable. Ravel’s energetic score is combined with athletic and dynamic movement in Fonte’s acclaimed Bolero, being restaged for the first time since 2012.

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  • May 2020

    Thaïs – Utah Opera

    Starts: May 9, 2020

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    Premiere May 9–17, 2020 Based on the novel of the same name by Anatole France, takes place in Egypt under the rule of the Roman Empire and features Massenet’s famous “Méditation” for violin and orchestra. Athanaël, the Cenobite monk who is trying to convert Thaïs to Christianity and persuade her to enter a convent. The lavish production, with sets and costumes originally designed by Lorenzo Cutùli for Minnesota Opera, will be directed by Andrea Cigni.

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