In simple terms, an art song is a poem set to music, usually for trained voice and piano accompaniment. More than that, art song strives to be the perfect combination of music and literature, based on four elements: poet, composer, singer and accompanist. The composer uses the full resources of the art form to embellish the poet’s text, sometimes even realizing potential interpretations that were not explicit in the poet’s words. In well-realized Art Song, the composer creates a duet between the accompanist and the vocalist. That is, the art song paints for us a picture of what the poet might have envisioned.

Opera Idaho’s Young Artists and Resident Company singers are featured this series of recitals dedicated to art songs. These non-staged songs often incorporate well-known poems and seasonal themes with complex music and piano.

Featuring soprano Christina Rode, soprano Sara Stejskal, mezzo-soprano Michele Detwiler, mezzo-soprano Naomi Spinelli, tenor Andrew Peck and baritone Jason Detwiler performing music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Stephen Foster, Charles Marshall, Sir Arthur Sullivan, Ned Rorem, Aaron Copland, Gabriel Fauré, Lee Hoiby, Robert Schumann and others.

Sunday, April 11 • 2:30 pm
FREE admission, ticket required due limited capacity.

Idaho State Museum
610 Julia Davis Dr, Boise

There will be a small wine reception after the recital.

Admission to view the exhibits sold separately (click here).

Save the Date

Upcoming Art Song Recitals:

  • May 16, 2021
  • June 6, 2021

All performances at 2:30pm.

Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy
Boise Philharmonic Rehearsal Room, upstairs
516 S 9th St, Boise

Admission: FREE, tickets will be available at a later date.

You can enjoy some past performances on our YouTube Channel: