Opera Idaho News


Opera Idaho Has Been Nominated!

Opera Idaho has been nominated as one of the Best Performing Arts Groups in the Treasure Valley. But we need your support and your votes to win! We work hard to give the Treasure Valley the best we have to offer. From our mainstage productions to our smaller performances around the area, we strive for excellence in everything we do.

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Besides our mainstage and à la carte productions, we’ve performed at many different places … from hotel lobbies, coffee shops and restaurants, to patios and the Capital City Public Market. Wherever we’re asked to sing, we do our best to comply!Idaho-Steelheads2

On Friday, March 20, three of our Resident Company singers sang the National Anthem prior to the Idaho Steelheads home game. Heather Ballantyne, Jessica Meyers & Carollen Ryan did an amazing job representing Opera Idaho as the first place Idaho Steelheads went on to defeat the Colorado Eagles. Earlier in the season Michiko Miller & Alexander Lundquist had the pleasure of each singing the National Anthem on previous games.


This is the first year that Opera Idaho has been invited to participate in Treefort Music Fest. The 5-day festival features local, national and international talentented musicians and artist.

treefortiniLeft to Right: Jordan Bowman, Jena Carpenter,
Michele Detwiler, Jason Detwiler

Pengilly’s will host the four singers pictured above for a one-night performance you won’t want to miss. It will be similar to our Operatini parties and we’re calling it Treefortini. If you’re not sure how opera fits in Treefort, we invite you to come in and find out.

Thursday, March 26 • 9:00pm to 9:40pm
Pengilly’s Saloon
513 W Main St, Boise

If you only want to come to Treefortini, just arrive at 8:40pm and pay the cover at Pengilly’s. For information about Treefort and other events click here to visit their website.


Original poster for Brundibár at Terezin,
in watercolor by unknown artist,
dated 1944.

A Children’s Opera as Nazi Propaganda?

Brundibár received its premiere in 1938 in German-occupied Prague and was performed by children at the Jewish Orphanage in Belgicka Street. Brundibár had one additional performance in the Hagibor building before the mass transports of Bohemian and Moravian Jews to Terezín began in 1942. In July 1943, the score of Brundibár was smuggled into camp, where it was re-orchestrated by Krása for the various instrumentalists who were available to play at that time. The premiere of the Terezín version took place on 23 September 1943 in the hall of the Magdeburg barracks.


This is a propaganda photograph taken by the Nazis
of the original Brundibár cast in Terezin.

Realizing the propagandistic potential of this enormously popular artistic endeavor, the Nazis arranged a special new staging of Brundibár for the propaganda film Terezín: A Documentary Film from the Jewish Settlement Area (directed by Kurt Gerron), and the same production was performed for the inspection of Terezín by the International Red Cross in September 1944. This would be the last of the fifty-five performances in the Terezín ghetto; two weeks later, transportation of artists to Auschwitz and other destinations East began, silencing the most popular theatrical production in Terezín.brundibar

Click the image for a clip performed by LA Opera’s 2005 Opera Camp
The Opera Idaho Children’s Choruses, led by director Linda Berg, will perform the one-act opera in English with orchestra. It tells the story of Aninka [in English Annette] and Pepíček [Little Joe], a fatherless sister and brother. Their mother is ill, and the doctor tells them she needs milk to recover. But they have no money. They decide to sing in the marketplace to raise the needed money, only to be chased away by the evil organ grinder Brundibár [who represents Hitler]. However, with the help of a fearless sparrow, keen cat, and wise dog, and the children of the town, they are able to chase Brundibár away, and sing in the market square.
Thursday, April 16, 2015 • 7:00pm
(one performance only)The Egyptian Theatre
700 W Main St, Boise
Tickets: $20 & $40
Does not include applicable fees & taxes.
Group, senior, child, military & student discounts available.
Tickets to the opera can be purchased directly from the Egyptian Theatre box office (208-387-1273) or by clicking here.


Figaro is at it again!

In 2013 Figaro was getting married and Count Almaviva, played by local favorite Jason Detwiler, was making his life difficult in The Marriage of Figaro … In The Barber of Seville we’re actually looking back to a previous time when the Count first meets his Countess-to-be. This time Jason will play the part of Figaro, the barber turned matchmaker, as he helps the Count woo Rosina.

Tenor Marcus Shelton returns for the fifth time to Opera Idaho to perform the role of Almaviva. Rosina will be sung by Laura Krumm as she makes her Opera Idaho debut. Seattle-based Dean Williamson returns to Opera Idaho, where he previously conducted Die Fledermaus in 2000.

Jason Detwiler
Jason Detwiler
as Figaro
Laura Krumm
as Rosina
Marcus Shelton
as Count

Jason portrays the title character in one of his signature roles; the opera includes Figaro’s aria, “Largo al factotum,” one of opera’s most-recognizable arias. Barber has been produced by Opera Idaho two previous times, in 1998 and most recently in 2006.


Click image to see a clip of Gino Quillico singing “Largo al factotum della citta,” probably the most famous aria in The Barber of Seville, at Schwetzingen Festival.

May 8, 2015 • 7:30pm
May 10, 2015 • 2:30pm

There will be a 30-minute pre-performance talk, given by our General Director Mark Junikert, one hour prior to each performance • free with ticket to the performance.
The Egyptian Theatre
700 W Main St, BoiseTickets: $22 to $69
Does not include applicable fees & taxes.
Group, senior, child, military & student discounts available.
Tickets to the opera can be purchased directly from the Egyptian Theatre box office (208-387-1273) or by clicking here.


Join us for a night of music, food and great singing at The Sapphire Room

In just four weeks, the cast of The Barber of Seville will be singing some of their favorite songs for you. The Sapphire Room is a wonderful venue, beautifully decorated, and our record attendance at the last Operatini cleary proved our patrons love it too. Considering the success we had, we’ve decided to hold all our Operatinis there.


Zanda Švēde, Gregory Gerbrandt, Marina Harris and Alexander Boyer
singing some of their favorites at the Operatini party preceding
Opera Idaho’s performance of Evgeny Onegin, February 2015
Of course, Operatini would not be complete without a Barber of Seville inspired martini… the talented staff is still in the process of designing a drink based on Figaro’s antics, and an appetizer menu to match, but you can be assured it will be mouth-watering!
April 30, 2015
Door opens at 6:00pm for cocktails and appetizers
Singing starts 6:45pm
Tickets: $20 each or 2 for $35
includes appetizers, but not martinisThe Sapphire Room
The Riverside Hotel
2900 E Chinden Boulevard, Boise
Click here for mapTickets available at the door,
or by calling Merri at 345-3531 ext 2.

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Mainstage Productions

Productions á la Carte

Mozart’s The Magic Flute
October 30 & November 1, 2015
The Egyptian Theatre
Summer Musical in Concert – TBA
August 21, 22 & 24, 2015
Locations TBA
Verdi’s La traviata
With soprano Cecilia Violetta López (Gilda in Rigoletto)
January 29 & 31, 2016
The Egyptian Theatre
Menotti’s Amahl & the Night Visitors
December 27, 28 & 29, 2015
The Egyptian Theatre
Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance
with The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players
April 1, 2016
The Morrison Center
Cipullo’s Glory Denied
April 28, 29 & 30, 2016
Location TBA
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