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Can a new opera compete with the classics? Utah Opera’s version of ‘Silent Night’ aims to find out.

Jan 12, 2020 - The Salt Lake Tribune

Forget hoop skirts and ornate tunics, Roman columns and fancy gardens — all the usual trappings of a classic opera. When Utah Opera opens its latest production, “Silent Night,” on Jan. 18, the company is going to war, and war is messy.

“There’s a major battle scene about five minutes into the show that is extremely visceral, both for the action and the music,” said Craig Irvin, a baritone who plays one of the lead roles in the World War I-set opera.

“Ten minutes later, ...