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Local events and things to do this week, May 5-11

‘Thaïs’ at Utah Opera; Adam Ant at Eccles Theatre; and Pioneer Theater performs ‘The Great Comet of 1812′

(BW Productions) Ginger Bess, Aleks Pevec, Kevin Earley and Justin Luciano, from left to right, lead the cast of Pioneer Theater Company’s production of the musical “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” scheduled for May 10-25 . 2024.

May 4-12

‘Thais’ at Utah Opera

Bigger opera doesn’t get bigger than ‘Thaïs’, Jules Massenet’s epic story about ancient Egypt, about a monk who meets a beautiful courtesan and tries to save her soul from her hedonistic life. Utah Opera performs “Thaïs” for the first time, with soprano Nicole Heaston in the title role, the Utah Symphony playing and a 40-person choir performing the score – with concertmaster Madeline Adkins performing the violin solo “Méditation” – and dancers from Repertory dance theater also takes the stage. The production was scheduled to open Saturday, May 4, with performances Monday and Wednesday at 7 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m., and again next Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets available at UtahOpera.org.

5th of May

Ant music returns

English New Wave singer Adam Ant turns 70 in November, but age won’t keep him off stage. Ant – known for ’80s hits like “Stand and Deliver,” “Goody Two Shoes” and “Strip” – is on tour, arriving Sunday at the Eccles Theater, 131 S. Main, Salt Lake City. Opening act is The English Beat. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets available at live-at-the-eccles.com.

May 10-25

‘The Great Comet’ arrives

Pioneer Theater Company closes the season with a big musical with a long title: “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.” Composer/lyricist/playwright Dave Malloy used a 70-page excerpt from Leo Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’ to tell the story of depressed Pierre, whose boyfriend Andrey is engaged to Natasha – who is instead attracted to Pierre’s Anatole brother in law. law. The production opens Friday and runs through May 25 at the Pioneer Memorial Theater, 300 S. 1400 East, Salt Lake City, on the University of Utah campus. Tickets available at pioneertheatre.org.