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A Night at the Opera with Ta’u and Karen

Updated: Sep 11, 2021

Renowned operatic tenor Tau Pupu’a will join Chamber Orchestra Ogden for our March 24, 2018 concert, “Night at the Opera.” Joining Ta’u will be Weber State University faculty member Karen Bruestle. Together they will perform a variety of arias and duets, backed up by the orchestra. The concert will begin at 7:30 at Peery’s Egyptian Theater.

LENOX, MASS. (June 28, 2010) —Ta ‘u Pupu ‘a, a former NFL player turned operatic tenor, is also a Tanglewood fellow this summer, and is shown on the Tanglewood property. — PHOTOGRAPH BY NANCY PALMIERI

Ta’u Pupu’a is unique in the opera world.  He was an outstanding Defensive End in the NFL but a career-ending injury changed his life and led him to a new career: opera.  He is just as outstanding in his role as operatic tenor, as shown by the following comments:  “…He seems to have limitless power… but the voice has real gold in its best moments.” (New York Times) “…Everyone took notice at his brilliant tone, breath-control and ravishing, powerful tenor…”  (Italian Tribune), 

Concert attendees will be treated to performances of such well-known arias as Nessun Dorma from Turandot, Vilia from “The Merry Widow,” La Donna è Mobile from “Rigoletto,” and others. Ta’u and Karen will also join together on the famous duet from “La Traviata,” Brindisi: Libiamo, ne’lieti calici.

The orchestra will open the program with Bellini’s Overture to “Norma,” and will perform the Intermezzo from “Cavalleria Rusticana,” and the final section of Rossini’s Overture to “William Tell,” interspersed between the arias.

Tickets for this concert are $8.00 and may be purchased at the door one hour before the concert, or online at Brown Paper Tickets at the following URL:

As always, active military, veterans, and their families, are admitted without charge, as are music students of public school age, however free tickets are only available at the door, provided there are seats available.

Well behaved children 8 years and over are welcome to attend.

For more information please visit our website:, our Facebook page at or contact Michael Palumbo at; 801-624-9232.

COO is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. We extend our grateful thanks to Weber County RAMP, Ogden City, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, the Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation, the Stewart Foundation, The Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation, Utah Arts and Museums, and our wonderful individual donors, for their support

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