Thank you for joining us as Opera Idaho embarks on a new and ambitious venture: a free, family-friendly concert with world-class soloists, the Opera Idaho Chorus and Orchestra. Opera in the Park will not only include beautiful music from the canons of opera and musical theatre but will also serve as a sneak preview of sorts for the upcoming Opera Idaho season. This first annual free event is planned to be a summer tradition in the community for years to come.
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Free outdoor opera concerts are a tradition in many cities, including Madison (WI), Indianapolis, Chicago and San Francisco. In recent years some of these concerts have been performed in sports stadiums. Opera Idaho chose Julia Davis Park for its first annual Opera in the Park because of the opportunity for the community to gather post-pandemic in a spacious setting and utilize the historic, newly renovated Gene Harris Bandshell.
KTVB’s Mark Johnson and frequent Opera Idaho performer Leslie Mauldin are hosting Opera in the Park. Featured singers include soprano Cecilia Violetta López, Opera Idaho’s newly appointed Artistic Advisor. Most recently, USA Today named Cecilia one of Idaho's Top 10 Most Influential Women of the Century. Opera News has named Cecilia Violetta López one of opera’s “25 Rising Stars.” Cecilia is also the recipient of an Idaho State Concurrent Resolution honoring her life as an Idahoan and her work in the world of opera. Joining Cecilia are mezzo-soprano Tahanee Aluwihare, who was part of Opera Idaho’s Young Artists Program for the 2018-2019 season; tenor Ben Gulley, who appeared in our 2016 production of Die Fledermaus; and baritone Ryan Bede, who made his Opera Idaho debut as Papageno in The Magic Flute and whose Papageno adorns the Opera Idaho van along with Cecilia’s likeness.