Spotlight on Ogden Opera Guild

by Julie Benson on November 6, 2009

Capitol Theatre Salt Lake CityThe Ogden Opera Guild supports opera performed in Salt Lake City by Utah Opera. They were recently honored by OVI with “Projects of Special Merit” related to exposing students to opera.

Ogden Opera Guild also hosts a major fund raising event every February featuring delicious chocolate. This event raises approximately $25,000, which is earmarked specifically to assist with the costs associated with the last matinee of the season’s 28 performances. The donation is particularly important because ticket sales only cover about 25% of the operating budget.

At a recent performance of Verdi’s “Macbeth”, Ogden Opera Guild president and newest OVI board member, Judy Vander Heide introduced me to other volunteers from the OOG as well as to the Utah Opera Artist Director Christopher McBeth. He is celebrating his tenth anniversary at the Capitol Theater.

The Capitol Theater (where all Utah Opera performances take place) is over 100 years old and formerly featured vaudeville acts twice per day. Now completely restored, it is part of the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts.

At intermission, Judy invited me to join the other OOG volunteers in the “VIP Room” for refreshments and conversation. It was here that I learned about the fantastic work of Utah’s dedicated opera volunteers.

On behalf of OVI, many thanks to Judy Vander Heide and the Ogden Opera Guild for all you do and for all you have done to support opera.

Best wishes to all members of OVI and to your families for a very happy holiday.

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