Opera Idaho’s offices are open.
We are taking the necessary precautions to safeguard the health of our patrons, singers and employees. To comply with Boise’s public heath order, masks, bandanas or other coverings that completely cover the nose and mouth will be required while visiting the Opera Idaho office or any scheduled event or performance, and we continue to observe rules regarding appropriate social distancing.
Opera Idaho has Moved
We are ready to serve you at our new offices:
515 South 9th Street
Boise, ID 83702
About Opera Idaho’s New Home
The Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy (ESPAA) is pleased to announce the expansion of its downtown campus in the heart of Boise’s Cultural District through the acquisition and renovation of the building located at 515 South 9th Street. The acquired building was constructed in 1950 and has served many needs in the community over its long life. It will now continue to support our growing community in a new and exciting way. The building renovation is expected to be complete in February 2021.
ESPAA was founded in 1992 by Esther Simplot with the support of her husband J. R. (Jack) Simplot and the Boise community to provide a permanent home for the Boise Philharmonic, Ballet Idaho and Opera Idaho. Since the acquisition and renovation of the original building which housed all three organizations at 516 S. 9th Street, ESPAA has continued to grow with the organizations it supports. A second facility was purchased and renovated in 1996 at 501 S. 8th Street to support Ballet Idaho’s growing need for dance studios for its professional company and student dance academy. In 2007, a third building was purchased and renovated at 513 S. 8th Street to provide rehearsal space for Opera Idaho’s expanded programming.
The newest addition to the campus includes a large rehearsal hall and office space which will further enable Opera Idaho’s artistic expansion in the Boise community. “To have a dedicated rehearsal space in the same building as our offices will bring cohesion to our rehearsal process” said Mark Junkert, General Director, Opera Idaho. “To hear music more often, even if in the background, will be a big plus for our staff. Further, the expansion of the campus shows the wonderful commitment of ESPAA to all the organizations under its umbrella. I don’t know of another campus for the arts quite like ours in the entire U.S.”
“The arts bring beauty to our lives, something we all need, now maybe more than ever” said Mrs. Simplot. “ESPAA’s success in supporting the arts in our community has surpassed my fondest dreams. The addition of this new space ensures that Opera Idaho, Boise Philharmonic and Ballet Idaho can continue to grow and thrive well into the future. I am pleased to have been a part of their success. Thank you to EKC Construction and erstad ARCHITECTS for their unwavering support of this project during this difficult time.”
With COVID restrictions in place and the future of live performances uncertain, it will not surprise you to learn that we made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone the remaining operas of the 2020-2021 season: An American Dream and Carmen.
The pause in presenting operas on the big stage has lasted longer than any of us could have dreamed last March. Every effort has been made to return to the stage as soon as it is safe to do so. Though vaccines have begun to be administered, in the short term it proves impossible to produce live opera on the main stage. In the meantime we will continue to produce smaller events like our Operatinis.
If you are a season subscriber, you will be pleased to learn that you have the option to have your seats rolled over into the 2021-22 season. Once the new season is finalized, we will be contacting subscribers via phone with updates and update our website accordingly.
We look forward to welcoming you back just as soon as it is safe to do so.