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Mission Statement

To enrichen Utah communities by providing innovative professional family operas and concert entertainment ensuring arts education and performance excellence.

Mission Expanded

  1. Provide opera education and awareness for Utahns by:
    • Increasing accessibility to the finest operas bringing affordable operatic productions into Utah's communities especially the underserved low-income ones demonstrating opera as both entertainment and as a profession.
    • Providing educational outreach assemblies for elementary students throughout Utah where we teach them about opera.
    • Providing performance opportunities where inexperienced artists can interact with, watch and learn from mature, seasoned performers.
  2. Promote the operatic voice demonstrating its virtuosity, emotional capacity and rich beauty by producing opera in intimate settings that give audiences close-up and personal operatic experiences.
  3. Systemize operatic productions through innovative use of technology including instrumental accompaniment tracks integrated with projection scenery containing supertitle translations thereby making operatic reproduction quick and easy in any community at any time.
  4. Foster the talents of local artists by providing a venue where they can hone their skills by participating and performing in operatic productions and concerts while remaining close to home.

Vision Statement

Lyrical Opera Theater enrichens, educates and entertains Utah communities through participation in and enjoyment of opera.

Core Values. Our guiding principals are:

  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Reliability
  • Responsibility
  • Discipline
  • Accountability
  • Kindness
  • Creativity
  • Innovativeness
  • Progressiveness
  • Resouceful fiscal management
  • Respect
  • Appreciation
  • Volunteerism
  • Family values

Board of Directors

President: Lynnette Owens

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Read now: "Lynnette Owens proves opera is quite the operation | City Journal | article by Bob Bedore

Lynnette Owens proves opera is quite the operation | City Journal article

Lynnette brings a lifetime of business and performing artist experience to the leadership helm of Lyrical Opera Theater. She founded LOT in December 2013 with the dream of using new technology to bring this old art form to new audiences in a family friendly way for both audiences and artists. She envisioned building a community-based opera company in which artists could stay home parenting their children while sharpening their artistic skills, and where operatic productions were community building projects designed to enrichen both the participants and attendees.

Lynnette manifested this passionate vision guiding the company through its foundational years and then through its transition into a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts education charity which was successfully accomplished on May 30, 2017.

Under Lynnette's leadership, LOT has accomplished:

53 people attended LOT's first concert in 2014, and it now has an annual outreach of over 28,000. They've successfully produced full operatic productions of Madama Butterfly, Tosca, La Bohème, Carmen, Falstaff and La Traviata. They built an educational outreach program in elementary schools introducing opera to 9,000 students annually and perform concert gigs in events such as the annual Festa Italiana and Western Stampede. They serve seniors in senior living centers providing them events and concerts and do an annual fundraising Masquerade Party. They've donated hundreds of hours of master level training to artists throughout the Salt Lake County and surrounding counties to assure the longevity and prosperity of opera.

LOT's influence has reached world-wide by introducing its cost-saving, quality increasing innovations to the traditionalist world of opera. It performs opera in ways that that world said couldn't be done…such as performing with rear-screen projection scenery including supertitle translations accompanied by full orchestral accompaniment music tracks.

Lynnette Owens, President&Founder of Lyrical Opera Theater

Vice President & Treasurer: Jessie Pugmire

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Jessie grew up in the arts making her uniquely qualified as an opera company's Vice President & Treasurer…positions that span a wide range of knowledge from spreadsheets to sales and marketing to stage make-up to designing and creating costumes to language translation. She has been instrumental in helping LOT achieve the accomplishments listed above.

As Vice President she has helped in the organizational capacity of all events in areas such as recruiting and communicating with artists, building relationships with artists, organizing auditions, training artists, overseeing ticket sales to assure their success. She builds relationships with businesses obtaining sponsorships and participates in networking events with our chambers of commerce. She expands her business building knowledge by attending trainings such as those provided by the Mountain West Arts Conference.

As Treasurer, she has successfully provided oversite for LOTs financials assuring they're in order and add up before they're passed on to our accountants for final evaluations, reviews and oversite. LOT has turned in all its taxes on time and in an orderly fashion complying with all Federal and State laws.

Secretary: Christopher Arbizu

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Christopher grew up surrounded by opera and performing artists giving him unique insight into the operatic world. He has tracked and recorded LOTs activities reporting and organizing them in LOTs quarterly board meetings then assured they're posted online for public scrutiny. He has Asperger's syndrome giving him the capacity to think "out-of-the-box" with unique ideas and insights for growing LOTs outreach with our events, marketing and fundraising.

He has served other non-profit organizations such as the National Democratic Party serving as Legislative Secretary of Utah House District 47 and as a Precinct Chair for that district.

Watch now: Interview special with Christopher Arbizu, LOT Board of Directors Secretary


Christopher Arbizu, Secretary
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Upcoming Performances

Festa Italiana, SLC

Sept. 14, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00pm

The Gateway District,

18 North Rio Grande Street, SLC

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Masquerade Party, Lyrical Opera Theater

Desert Star Playhouse

October 19, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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Lyrical Opera Theater is proud of and grateful to businesses, foundations and individuals that support our mission. We are a 501(c)(3) Arts Education charity. Your contribution will benefit Lyrical Opera Theater and may be written your taxes as a charitable contribution.