Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Utah Festival Opera's 20th year begins July 11

In 1988, the abandoned, deteriorating Capitol  Theatre in Logan was about to be demolished.

Michael Ballam, a soloist who has sung in opera houses worldwide, knew the value of the theater and launched a $6.5 million fundraising effort to save it.

Now named for philanthropist Ellen Eccles, the theater is alive and bustling with an annual celebration of the performing arts. The Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, which runs July 11-Aug. 11 in the Ellen Eccles Theatre in Logan, is celebrating its 20th year. Deseret News