Opera is an art form like no other. Performers sing, of course. And often in a language other than English. They also act — portraying iconic characters and telling well-loved stories with music, stagecraft and classically-trained voices that soar without microphones.
Two doctoral students from the University of Utah’s School of Music recently joined in Utah’s annual summer festivities. While riding in a horse-drawn carriage and singing arias from Bizet’s “Carmen,” they used the Days of ’47 parade as a vehicle to showcase the beauty, complexities and sheer talent that combine in this enduring art.
Before the parade, students Daniel Tuutua and Demaree Brown, and the U’s professor of voice and opera professional Ariel Bybee, had an opportunity to discuss opera in a radio interview on KCPW’s “City Views.” Listen to learn more about technique, training, appeal of great opera, characters, how teaching is not far from performing, even the future of opera in this wide-ranging discussion with host Jennifer Napier-Pearce. Photos of Brown and Tuutua in costumes from “Carmen” can be seen in the Salt Lake Tribune.