Opera Idaho

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The pandemic has dramatically impacted arts organization across the globe, forcing some to close their doors for good. Others have been able to pivot performances online and resume at least some operations for their artists and fans.

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'La Boheme' is returning to Opera Idaho this weekend for the seventh time. The story of bohemian life in the Latin quarter in Paris in the 1830s is also "about the death of innocence" according to tenor Peter Drackley. 

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Opera Idaho has been a Gem State staple for close to 50 years, but they are about to do something they never have before: perform a Frederick Handel production. "Acis & Galatea" will be on stage this November and features Emmy Award Winner Karim Sulayman. Idaho Matters talks with the tenor and conductor Robert Franz about what makes this opera unique.

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Idaho Native Cecilia Violetta Lopez has been named one of 25 rising stars by Opera News, and now returns to her home state for a two-night performance of Manon. She joins Idaho Matters live to chat about her career and the impact of growing up in the Gem State.

On The Thursday, June 13, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Jun 12, 2019

  • Keeping Boise parks' ponds clean.
  • A Nampa doctor uses social media to connect with patients.
  • A domestic violence survivor shares her story to raise awareness.
  • Opera Idaho brings Matthew Shepard's story to Boise.

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As One is a chamber opera featuring two performers, a string quartet, and a penchant for challenging the conventions of opera. The piece is a coming-of-age story about a young transgender woman and it opens May 9 at The Danny Peterson Theatre. We talk with Opera Idaho's general director, Mark Junkert, and performers Blythe Gaissert and Michael Kelly about this thought-provoking performance.

On The Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Apr 30, 2019

  • Opera Idaho challenges classic operatic paradigms with As One.
  • Moananuiākea illustrates threats of climate change and promises of conservation in Hawaii.
  • Boise Police and St. Luke's remind parents not to leave kids in hot cars.
  • Idaho Crypto Group will guide you through the world of cryptocurrency.


Opera Idaho opened their 2018-19 season in September with a 100th anniversary tribute to Leonard Bernstein. They continue the season with standards including The MikadoAida and Don Giovanni as well as some modern works. We speak with Opera Idaho about this season's program and what's on the horizon for the 47-year-old company.

On The Monday, October 15, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Oct 12, 2018

  • Idaho Matters breaks down the weekend's political debates
  • Efforts to develop high quality AND affordable pre-school for Idahoans
  • The Mikado, Aida and more on Opera Idaho's 2018-19 schedule

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A Streetcar Named Desire, the play by Tennessee Williams, was made famous by the hit 1950s movie starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh. Opera Idaho is presenting an operatic version this weekend in Boise. 

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Opera Idaho has a 40-year history in Boise. Now increasing interest is spurring a study to locate a new performing arts facility to serve as the opera's permanent home.

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Opera Idaho is putting the finishing touches on its next big production: Puccini's classic "Madama Butterfly."