When funds were depleted last spring, "The Mikado" was canceled, and it looked like the end of Opera West. But generous contributions have made it possible for the company to reschedule the opera and other programs.
"We had to postpone the remainder of our 1987-'88 season," said Gay Parvis, artistic director, "and we're so grateful to Geneva Steel, Howard Ruff and Dave Nemelka for such wonderful gifts."Opera West will open a new season Sept. 3 in the Provo Tabernacle with "A Rainbow of International Songs," featuring soprano Debbie Mitchell, with Gordon Jephtas at the piano. The Utah Valley Choral Society will also sing one selection.
Parvis noted that tickets are already available, thanks to in-kind contributions by Copies Plus Printing of Springville, Token Photo and Bon Losee Salon of Provo. Tickets are $4 general admission and $3 for senior citizens at Wakefield's World of Music in Provo, Missionary Emporium in University Mall and Video Stop in Springville.
"The Mikado" will be performed April 3 and 7, the traditional "Amahl and the Night Visitors" will be presented Dec. 12 and 14, and the LDS composers' concert will be Feb. 10. Plans are being made to take "Amahl" and "Mikado" to outlying areas of the county and to school and civic groups.
"More than just the financial assistance," said Parvis, "the recognition of Opera West as a valuable arts organization worthy of such support gives us great hope for the future."