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 Emerging 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.

Art Song Recital: Expectations

Join Opera Idaho’s Resident Company singers for a free recital of art songs! The theme for this recital is “Expectations.” With exploring the past and present with our first two recitals, it is only appropriate that we now look to the future. Songs featured in this recital will look to the future or look ahead to a life unexplored.


Please call Merri at 208.345.3531 x2 to be added to the waiting list.

Sunday, June 6 • 2:30 pm
Free admission, ticket required due to limite capacity.

Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy
Boise Philharmonic Rehearsal Room, upstairs
516 South 9th Street, Boise

There will be a small wine reception after the recital.

You can enjoy some past performances on our YouTube Channel: