2020-2021 Season

We have made the tough decision to postpone all staged productions in 2020. Our Board and staff have tried to remain optimistic in the hopes that the show could go on, but considering the continuing uncertainty in closures and reopenings, potential for indoor performance shutdowns or limitations, and above all, our concern for the well-being of our patrons, singers, staff, and our community, it seems prudent to make this decision now.

All the exciting productions we had lined up will now take place between January & December 2021. Season ticket-holders will still be able to enjoy all the productions to which they subscribed, just in a new order. We will continue to have smaller, socially-distanced events like the Cecilia Violetta López recital, our Operatinis, the upcoming piKINics and other events through the end of this year.

We hope that, as part of the Opera Idaho family, you will continue to support us and enjoy our productions in 2021, as well as all the content we are working to bring you for the rest of the year. 

Mainstage Operas

Macbeth

Giuseppe Verdi (sung in Italian)
January 29 & 31, 2021
The Egyptian Theatre

Verdi’s Macbeth is based on the Shakespeare play of the same name. Soprano Eleni Calenos and baritone Kyu Won Han, two of the stars of Tosca (2017), will portray the ruthless couple that stops at nothing to fulfill their prophecy. A classic thriller of power, greed and the destructive costs of tyrannical ambitions. 

An American Dream

Jack Perla (sung in English)
March 12 & 14, 2021
The Egyptian Theatre

Perla’s An American Dream is a contemporary opera inspired by true stories from American History during World War II. It represents Opera Idaho’s contribution to the cultural project “Immigration: Boundaries, Barriers and Belonging” featuring performances and exhibits surrounding the topic of immigration.

Carmen

George Bizet (sung in French)
April 23 & 25, 2021
The Morrison Center

Bizet’s Carmen returns to The Morrison Center to close Opera Idaho’s 48th season. Carmen is the hottest woman in all of Seville – a free spirit who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go get it. Tenor Joshua Dennis returns as Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of this fiery gypsy. 

The Merry Widow

Franz Lehár (sung in English)
October, 2021
The Egyptian Theatre

Lehár’s charming, uplifting comedy The Merry Widow plays out in a stream of memorable melodies. This operetta is a delightful tale of a woman’s quest for love. As the story unfolds, Hanna’s burgeoning romance with Danilo is hampered by mishap, intrigue and comedic misadventure. 

Add-On Productions

Side by Side by Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim
August, 2021
Location TBA

Side by Side by Sondheim is a musical revue featuring the songs of the Broadway and film composer Stephen Sondheim. Featuring beloved hits from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Gypsy, A Little Night Music, Company, Follies, West Side Story, Anyone Can Whistle, Evening Primrose, Seven-Per-Cent Solution, The Mad Show, Pacific Overtures, and Do I Hear a Waltz?

All is Calm: the Christmas Truce of 1914

Peter Rothstein
December, 2021
Boise Contemporary Theatre

The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, and peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it.

This production is in collaboration with Boise Contemporary Theatre.  

Operatini

At The Sapphire Room

September 17, 2020
October 22, 2020
January 21, 2021
March 4, 2021
April 15, 2021

Thursdays, two performances:
• Early – doors open 5:30 pm, performance 6:15 pm
• Late – doors open 8:15 pm, performance 9:00 pm