Ballam to Discuss Utah's Opera History

OGDEN, Utah – Michael Ballam, operatic performer and Utah State University music professor, will present "The History of Opera in Utah" on Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. at Weber State University's Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning.

A native of Logan, Utah, Ballam has had an operatic and recital career that has spanned four decades and six continents. He has performed in major concert halls throughout the world, as well as at the Vatican and White House. At the age of 24, he became the youngest recipient in the history of Indiana University to receive a doctorate in music with distinction. In 1993, he founded the Utah Festival Opera Company, which has been named one of the best summer opera festivals by Money Magazine.

Ballam's presentation is the annual Critchlow Lecture and part of the university's History Lecture Series. The event is free to the public. For more information, contact the Department of History at 801-626-6706.

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Travis Clemens, assistant director of Media Relations
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Susan Matt, Department of History professor and chair
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