LOGAN – In addition to its main-stage productions for the 2024 season – the black comedy Little Shop of Horrors, the musical Guys and Dolls, a boatload of fun with Anything Goes, the comedic operas Gianni Schicchi and Buoso’s Ghost, plus the Utah premiere of Cats — the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre will also present a full schedule additional entertainment for its audiences this year.

The big news for opera lovers is the addition of Galaxy of Stars to the festival’s schedule on July 23.

UFOMT founding general director Michael Ballam promises an evening of timeless opera and brilliant Broadway tunes starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Ellen Eccles Theatre.

The Galaxy of Stars will feature some of the festival’s biggest names past and present performing a dazzling array of all-time favorite operatic arias.

The new event will also feature the stars of the future when the winners of the recent Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards perform one Broadway smash after another.

The festival’s schedule of extra entertainment will also include audience favorites returning for another year.

The Pianists!, an unpredictable annual event mixing classic music with comedy, is slated for 1 p.m. on July 16 at the Utah Theatre.

Next in the festival’s line-up is the Late Night Cabaret, an opportunity to see the Festival Opera’s stars let their hair down in a variety show of their favorite songs.

That audience-favorite event is slated for 11 p.m. on July 18, 25 and Aug. 1 at Café Sabor. Different performances are scheduled on each of those nights, with food and beverages available for purchase.

Café Sabor is located at 600 West Center Street in Logan.

The Michael Ballam Vocal Competition is scheduled in the midst of the UFOMT season on July 23 and 29.

The world-class opera competition will host more than 20 extraordinarily talented vocalists vying for top honors with the audience helping to select the winner.

The semi-finals will be held at 1 p.m. on July 23 in the Utah Theatre, followed by the final competition at 7:30 p.m. on July 29.

On July 30, the Festival Opera’s orchestra and soloists will join the American Festival Chorus to present Verdi’s Requiem.

The operatic masterpiece was composed by Giuseppe Verdi to accompany the Catholic funeral mass. Having proved too grand for somber churches, however, the composition is now more at home in concert halls throughout the world.

Verdi’s Requiem will be conducted by Dr. Craig Jessop at 7:30 p.m. in the Ellen Eccles Theatre.

Tickets for the aforementioned events can be obtained by calling 800-262-0074 or by visiting www.utahfestival.org

The Utah Theatre is located at 18 West Center Street in downtown Logan.

The Ellen Eccles Theatre is located to 43 South Main Street in downtown Logan.

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