We just returned from a very good production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore up at the Utah Opera in Salt Lake City. (“A good time was had by all.” “Rollicking good fun.”)
One of the attractive aspects of life along the Wasatch Front in Utah is its relatively rich offering of opera, classical music (e.g., the Utah Symphony), drama (e.g., the Pioneer Theater), and, though I’m frankly not interested in it personally, dance (e.g., Ballet West). These seem out of proportion to the area’s population. We’ve also got quite a number of universities and colleges, with their offerings. And, coupled with the proximity to national parks and wilderness, the skiing (though I don’t ski), and lots and lots of collegiate and professional athletics, such things contribute to a high quality of life.
I’m a Californian, and will probably always be one, but, really, Utah’s not so bad.